Yakult closer Lim hopes to pitch in majors in 2013

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TOKYO, Nov. 29 (16:39) Kyodo

Yakult Swallows' South Korean closer Lim Chang Yong said Monday
he still wants to play in the majors -- he's just willing to wait
until 2013 before making his dream come true.

Lim, 34, re-signed with the Swallows on a three-year deal worth
1.42 billion yen a day earlier but he has the option to extend the
contract in the third year in 2013, as long as both parties are in

''I'm still young. I want to make the move after three years,''
said Lim, who had a choice of testing the major league market during
this offseason but decided to remain in more familiar territory.

The South Korean right-hander said his Yakult teammates, who
asked him to return next year, helped him make his decision.

''Even when I was in Korea no one told me that,'' Lim Said. ''I
want to become the saves leader while I'm still with Yakult and
become a champion.''

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