Seibu's Nakajima mum on major league dreams

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TOKYO, Oct. 16 (17:42) Kyodo

Seibu Lions slugger Hiroyuki Nakajima is keeping silent on his
impending free agency but is still expected to test the market this
offseason to try to play in the major leagues.

"I can't say one way or the other," Nakajima said Monday night,
after the Lions lost 3-2 to the Softbank Hawks and were eliminated
from the Pacific League Climax Series. "I've been told by the team to
not say anything."

The 30-year-old Nakajima has qualified for overseas free agency
and according to sources close to him still harbors major league
ambitions and will exercise his rights.

Last winter, the Lions auctioned Nakajima through the posting
system and the Yankees won exclusive negotiating rights although the
two parties failed to strike a deal during the allotted 30-day window.

Seibu, it appears, is willing to give Nakajima another shot at
the majors.

"We want to respect his wishes," Lions owner Takashi Goto said.

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