Jojima To File For Free Agency After the Japan Series
So sayeth the Japan Times. The standout player would be the first Japanese catcher to try to play in the major leagues.
We’ve talked about Jojima, who the M’s are rumored to have interest in, here.
On the topic of Japanese players, there was previous discussion in the comments about why the Seibu Lions might or might not post Daisuke Matsuzaka. I think Ken Davidoff isolates the club’s thinking in pithy fashion here:
Speaking of Japanese players, righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka’s future is uncertain. He wants to come to the major leagues – the Yankees think highly of him – but he isn’t eligible for free agency, so he would have to be posted by his club, the Seibu Lions, the way the Orix BlueWave posted Ichiro Suzuki five years ago.
The Lions, hurting financially, are deciding whether they would make more money posting the pitcher or bringing him back for 2006.