Second baseman Tanaka attracting major interest: agent

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NASHIVILLE, Tennessee, Dec. 3 (16:27) Kyodo

The agent for second baseman Kensuke Tanaka said Sunday at Major
League Baseball's Winter Meetings his client has attracted interest
from six major league clubs.

Alan Nero, who is representing the free agent second baseman,
said the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays were among the teams who
have made their interest known. Tanaka, a career .286 hitter and an
accomplished base stealer, had been the Nippon Ham Fighters' starting
second baseman since 2006.

He ruptured a ligament in his left arm in a freak accident on
Aug. 29, but Nero said the injury was not a problem and the
31-year-old was so eager to play in the United States that he would
even accept a minor league deal.

Tanaka has won four Pacific League Best IX Awards and five
Golden Gloves.

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