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Igarashi to Majors (someday)

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Add Tokyo Yakult Swallows reliever Ryota Igarashi to the list of guys that is looking for a future move to MLB. Igarashi is a domestic free agent this year, but will decline to file so that he can pursue an MLB contract later on. Igarashi is said to be looking to make a “Shinjo class” move, which is to say he wants to come to America for the experience rather than the money. And if he truly follows the Shinjo model, he’ll return to Japan to finish his career.

Igarashi has already begun negotiating his next contract with Yakult, and it appears that he stay in Yoyogi at least for next year. Igarashi spent nearly two years on the shelf due to Tommy John surgery, but came back in July and posted solid numbers for the Swallows. Most notably his 42/6 K/BB ratio indicates that his control, which was never a strong point pre-surgery,  has improved dramatically.

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NPB Bullet Points (2008/10/28)

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A few links to pass along this morning…

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Pro Yakyu This Week – October 27, 2008

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Michael Westbay of has published the lastest edition of his podcast, Pro Yakyu This Week. Grab the audio here, or read the transcript here. This week’s edition features the resolution to the Marty Brown saga, a look ahead at the Japan Series, and a retrospective of Sadaharu Oh’s managerial career.

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