Marines Offer Iguchi 3 Years

» 07 January 2009 » In npb »

I actually have an English report of this one — Chiba Lotte has offered 2nd baseman Tadahito Iguchi a 3-year, 600m yen contract. That’s $6.6m against a still weak greenback. Iguchi is unlikely to top that offer in MLB, and sounds like he’s seriously considering taking it:

”I feel like there are a lot of expectations of me. I feel gratitude that I can receive this offer even though I was injured last year. I feel Lotte’s sincerity,” Iguchi said. ”I want to play for a club where I feel needed. I haven’t decided yet, but I would like to decide as soon as possible.”

Sanspo ran this shot of Iguchi and team president Setoyama together.


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  1. Patrick
    09/01/2009 at 5:57 am Permalink

    I bet he ends up taking the offer. It’s guaranteed money in (what is currently) a decently strong currency over multiple years. Plus, it’s a chance to come home. He had a couple good years in MLB and I think he will see that he accomplished what he wanted, and come back home.