Sep 29, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT
Earlier this month there were reports about arguably the two best pitchers in Japan, Yu Darvish and Hisashi Iwakuma, potentially making the move to MLB next season and now Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that Japanese outfielder Hitoshi Tamura is also “exploring” the possibility.
Tamura is 33 years old and hit .324 with 27 homers and a .924 OPS for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks this season. However, Crasnick notes that he’s been very injury prone throughout his career and this season was actually Tamura’s first All-Star selection.
Sure enough he was limited to just 93 games in 2009 and 39 games in 2008, but Tamura did hit a combined .290 with 20 homers in those 132 games before having his career-year this season.
According to Crasnick he’d prefer to sign with a team on the West Coast and the Diamondbacks, Rangers, Giants, Padres, and Indians are among teams that have scouted him in Japan.
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