Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Japanese Market Sizzling...

With SP Hiroki Kuroda, OF Kosuke Fukudome, 2B Tadihito Iguchi, and RP Kazuo Fukumuori all signing with MLB clubs today, the Japanese market is heating up. Lets take a closer look..

  • SP Hiroki Kuroda it headed to Los Angeles to meet with his agent. When he arrives in LA, he and his agent will discuss the four offers that they have recieved. It has been reported that he will sign with the Dodgers. Not really sure on that one yet.
  • OF Kosuke Fukudome has signed with the Chicago Cubs for 4-years and $48 million. Though, the Rangers offered the most money and the White Sox weren't outbid, Fukudome was just simply intrigued by the Cubs and liked the idea of being their first Japanese born player.
  • 2B Tadihito Iguchi has agreed to a 1-year $4 million deal with the San Diego Padres. This is the second year in a row that the Padres have dipped into the free-agent market for a second baseman.
  • RP Kazuo Fukumuori is on the verge of signing a 2-year deal worth approx 3 million with the Texas Rangers, According to Evan Grant of the Dallas News. 10 teams were in on Kazuo, including the Yankees and Red Sox.