Lotte to start talks with Iguchi

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CHIBA, Japan, Jan. 4 (14:03) Kyodo

The Lotte Marines are to open negotiations with infielder
Tadahito Iguchi, according to the Pacific League club.

Lotte team president Ryuzo Setoyama is set to visit Iguchi, who
has a wealth of experience in the major leagues, at his training base
in Okinawa for talks scheduled for Wednesday.

Lotte in December expressed interest in acquiring Iguchi, who
won a World Series ring with the Chicago White Sox in his rookie year
in 2005, later joining the Philadelphia Phillies.

Iguchi began last season with the San Diego Padres but was left
out of their plans after suffering a shoulder injury in June. In
early September, the 34-year-old rejoined the Phillies, where he was
not eligible for the postseason roster and finished the season with a
combined .232 batting average with two homers and 24 RBIs in 85 games.

Iguchi is a career .268 hitter in four major league seasons.

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