Fujikawa, Nakajima file for free agency for bid at majors

 
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TOKYO, Nov. 13 (20:16) Kyodo

 
Hanshin Tigers reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, Seibu Lions shortstop
Hiroyuki Nakajima and Nippon Ham Fighters second baseman Kensuke
Tanaka each filed on Tuesday to become unrestricted free agents in
the hopes of moving to the major leagues.

Of the 85 players eligible for overseas and domestic free
agency, Fujikawa, Nakajima and Tanaka decided to take the plunge for
a shot at the big leagues as Tuesday's filing deadline concluded.

Orix Buffaloes catcher Takeshi Hidaka, who had the option to
become an unrestricted free agent, Buffaloes right-hander Hayato
Terahara and Hanshin Tigers second baseman Keiichi Hirano declared
for domestic free agency.

Hanshin is expected to make a bid to acquire Hidaka, while the
Softbank Hawks have expressed interest in Terahara.

Hanshin shortstop Takashi Toritani as well as Nippon Ham closer
Hisashi Takeda declined free agency and will remain with their clubs.

Yomiuri Giants lefty Tetsuya Utsumi, who led the Central League
with 15 wins this past season and won two games to be named MVP of
the Japan Series, also declined free agency to remain with his club.

The list of free agents will be published by the commissioner's
office Wednesday and negotiations can officially begin the following
day.
 


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