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11/18/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Yoshinori Tateyama, Hideki Okajima, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Nov.18, 2012 @ 5:42 pm, under MLB

Ichiro Suzuki returned to Japan on Saturday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2012


Yoshinori Tateyama is not ready to end his MLB career and is apparently willing to sign a minor league deal.  He is also open to playing in Japana if he does not get any offers in the US.

"All I can do now is wait.  Of course [I am open to minor league deals].  I do not want to give up [on the MLB] so easily," said Tateyama.

He added, "I want to continue playing, so if I do not get an offer in the US, but I do get an offer in Japan, things could change."

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2012


Hideki Okajima will become a free agent because the Softbank Hawks are not planning to include him on their list of reserved players.  Okajima is hoping for a return to the Majors next season.  If he does not get any offers, a team in located in the Tokyo region may try to sign him.  Source: Sponichi 11/18/2012


Kyuji Fujikawa visited Angels Stadium of Anaheim on Saturday.  Fujikawa has so far checked out the Arizona Diamondbacks (14th), Chicago Cubs (15th), and Baltimore Orioles (16th).  He is also scheduled to meet the Dodgers.  Source: Sanspo 11/18/2012

The Angels and Dodgers are the last two teams Fujikawa is scheduled to meet before he returns to Japan.  Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2012