Interesting stuff. The Daily Yomiuri reports that the Hanshin Tigers will allow star LHP Kei Igawa to follow his dream and jump over to MLB by posting him next week. Igawa is scheduled to start next Tuesday in the NPB/MLB All Star series currently underway in Japan. I expect Hanshin expects to replace their star with free agent Hiroki Kuroda, who the article reports is filing for free agency despite a contract offer of 3 years, 1 billion yen from his current team.
As for Igawa, he’ll probably have plenty of suitors. Along with all the losers in the Matsuzaka sweepstakes, expect the Mariners, Dodgers, and Braves to be interested.
Report: Tigers to let Igawa go
The Daily Yomiuri: Link