Free agent shortstop Kazuo Matsui said
Saturday he still needs time to decide whether to stay in Japan or ply his trade overseas. The seven-time All-Star has drawn the interest of the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers and a host of other major league clubs.

Domestically, the Yomiuri Giants of the Central League and the Nippon Ham Fighters are keen on luring the 28-year-old. Elsewhere, Yakult Swallows closer Shingo Takatsu has yet to receive any domestic offers after opting for free agency and is still waiting to hear from teams in the majors.

Meanwhile, free agent outfielder Arihito Muramatsu is set to begin talks with the Orix BlueWave on Sunday as well as with the Lotte Marines and the Daiei Hawks — the team he helped lead to the Japan Series championship this year — on Monday.

Isao Hirono, in charge of player acquisitions for Lotte is also interested in negotiating with free agent and former Mets outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo.

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