OSAKA – The Hanshin Tigers on Friday gave key rotation pitcher Kei Igawa the green light to try for a move to the major leagues through the so-called posting system.
Igawa becomes the third Japanese player this offseason to be handed the opportunity to play in North America via the same route, following Seibu Lions ace Daisuke Matsuzaka and Yakult Swallows infielder Akinori Iwamura.
The Tigers had begun to soften their stand after initially saying they would only let the 27-year-old move to the major leagues after he has obtained free agency.
Kadokura gets offer
Free agent right-hander Ken Kadokura said Friday he has been approached by two major-league teams and received a multiyear contract offer from one of them.
Kadokura has had stints with the Chunichi Dragons, Kintetsu Buffaloes and Yokohama over 11 seasons with a career record of 75-75 with 10 saves and a 4.33 earned run average. In 2006, he went 10-9 for the BayStars.