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Uehara, Kawakami officially become free agents

Uehara, Kawakami officially become free agents

Yomiuri Giants pitcher Koji Uehara will be eligible to file for free agency as soon as his team finishes playing in the Japan Series.
Uehara and Chunichi Dragons pitcher Kenshin Kawakami were among 83 players who officially became free agents on Monday according to a list released by the Japanese baseball commissioner's office.
Of those 83, 13 including Uehara and Kawakami, can negotiate with major league teams having spent nine seasons on the top-team roster.
Japanese players who have spent eight seasons on a top-team roster are also free agents but only eligible to negotiate with Japanese teams.
Japanese players can file for free agency during a period of seven business days after the end of the Nov. 1-9 Japan Series.
Uehara, who has already said he plans to negotiate with a major league team, was 6-5 with 72 strikeouts and a 3.81 ERA this season for the Giants, who take on the Pacific League champion Seibu Lions in the Japan Series.
Kawakami was 9-5 with 112 strikeouts and a 2.30 ERA for the Dragons, who lost to the Giants in the Central League playoffs.


Updated : 2020-12-01 19:29 GMT+08:00