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[10/28/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters: Shinya Tsuruoka plans to exercise domestic FA option

by on Oct.29, 2013 @ 1:41 am, under NPB

Shinya Tsuruoka (32) plans to exercise his domestic FA option.  The Fighters held a press conference for Tsuruoka at their team offices in Sapporo on Monday.  Some quotes:

"I was drafted at the bottom and I love the Fighters for bringing me up to be the kind of player that can think about free agency."

"I can still play, but I am no longer young.  A part of me would like to hear what other teams think about me."

"The Fighters told me they need me and for that I am grateful.  So long as I am a professional player, I must always strive to improve myself.  Regardless of which path I take, I feel I have to forget about the last eleven years and start over from scratch."

The Fighters reportedly offered Tsuruoka a one-year deal at an estimated seventy-six million yen (no change over last year).  The organization is willing to leave the door open for the veteran, even if he exercises his FA option and then decides he wants to return.

Source: official announcementSports Hochi 10/29/2013, Sponichi 10/29/2013

Career Stats

Year Team G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HP SO GDP AVG OBP SLG
2005 Nippon Ham 4 8 8 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .125 .125 .125
2006 Nippon Ham 76 218 203 18 49 9 1 3 69 21 2 1 11 1 3 0 51 5 .241 .251 .340
2007 Nippon Ham 57 146 133 7 27 2 1 0 31 13 0 2 7 1 5 0 27 0 .203 .230 .233
2008 Nippon Ham 97 285 248 24 52 14 0 1 69 18 0 1 22 2 12 1 49 4 .210 .247 .278
2009 Nippon Ham 122 304 263 25 58 14 1 1 77 29 1 1 17 2 20 2 48 6 .221 .279 .293
2010 Nippon Ham 105 284 254 21 60 12 0 3 81 26 0 0 22 3 4 1 32 6 .236 .248 .319
2011 Nippon Ham 76 202 185 12 44 9 1 1 58 15 1 2 12 1 3 1 24 2 .238 .253 .314
2012 Nippon Ham 116 328 289 22 77 10 1 0 89 25 3 2 23 1 14 1 41 11 .266 .302 .308
2013 Nippon Ham 114 276 244 22 72 9 0 2 87 26 1 1 13 1 16 2 28 7 .295 .342 .357
    767 2051 1827 152 440 79 5 11 562 174 9 10 127 12 77 8 301 41 .241 .273 .308