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12/4/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Koji Uehara, Kyuji Fujikawa, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Dec.04, 2012 @ 3:53 pm, under MLB

The Philadelphia Phillies could be interested in Ichiro Suzuki.  From CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury:

Ichiro Suzuki is another outfielder worth watching. In fact, sources say there has been communication between his camp and Phillies officials. It's unclear if the Phils have actual interest or whether Suzuki's side reached out to the Phils.

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The Angels could be interested in Koji Uehara.  From the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna:

The Angels had to shift gears over the weekend when Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa, a player the Angels pursued aggressively, reportedly agreed to a two-year, $9.5-million deal with the Chicago Cubs.

Now the Angels, who signed closer Ryan Madson last week, will have to look elsewhere for relief, with Mike Adams, Joakim Soria, Randy Choate and Koji Uehara among the free-agent possibilities.

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Kyuji Fujikawa left for Los Angeles out of Haneda Airport early this morning.  He will likely head to Chicago from LA.  Assuming his physical goes well, he could officially sign some time later this week.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/4/2012

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The Oakland A's are interested in Hiroyuki Nakajima.  From the SFGate's Susan Slusser:

General manager Billy Beane said that the A's main free-agent possibilities at shortstop are their own free agent, Stephen Drew, and a Japanese free agent, Hiroyuki Nakajima, first mentioned as an option for the A's by John Shea in today's Chronicle.

Manager Bob Melvin was asked about Nakajima this afternoon, and he said that the A's know quite a bit about him and "he looks like a hitter." Nakajima, 30, played for Seibu, as well as for the Japanese Olympic team and for Japan's World Baseball Classic team. He was posted last year but did not sign with the Yankees, who won the bid for him.

The New York Yankees could also be interested.  From the New York Post's Joel Sherman:

The Yankees were already in the market for left-side-of-the-infield protection even before they learned that Alex Rodriguez needed left hip surgery. Now the need is more acute, considering that Derek Jeter also needed surgery for a broken left ankle.

 So what do they do?

... A name to keep in mind is Hiroyuki Nakajima. With a $2 million bid, the Yankees won the posting rights to Nakajima last year, but could not reach an agreement with the righty-swinger. So he returned to play for Seibu, hitting .311 with 13 homers. Nakajima is now back as an unrestricted free agent who wants to play in the majors. He is a shortstop, but when the Yanks bid on him last year they believed he had the ability to play multiple positions.

====== UPDATE @ 10:55pm

In addition to the Padres, the Astros, Brewers, and Twins could be interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka as a starter.  Source: Sponichi 12/4/2012

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