Iguchi ready to talk with any club in majors or Japan

 
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TOKYO, Oct. 15 (20:42) Kyodo

 
Philadelphia Phillies infielder Tadahito Iguchi, who played a
largely fringe role in his fourth year in the major leagues, said
Wednesday he is prepared for talks with any team on both sides of the
Pacific if he is released in the offseason.

''I'd like to continue playing in the majors and that's my basic
plan, but I want to join a team that wants me in its regular
lineup,'' Iguchi said after arriving at Narita airport. ''I'm ready
to hear from, if any, whoever shows interest in me (in Japan).''

Iguchi began the 2008 season with the San Diego Padres but was
put out of their future plans after suffering a shoulder injury in
June.

In early September, the 33-year-old rejoined the Phillies, where
he failed to make the postseason roster and finished the season with
a combined .232 batting average with two homers and 24 RBIs in 85
games.
 


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