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.