FUKUOKA – Infielder Tadahito Iguchi, who has expressed his desire to move to the major leagues, revealed Sunday that the Chicago White Sox are among the major league teams interested in acquiring his services.
Iguchi said his agent, Richard Moss, has received offers from several major league teams hoping to sign the 30-year-old, including the White Sox.
“I hear there have been several offers. The owner of the White Sox said he wants to meet with me,” Iguchi said.
Moss, who earlier this month had been in touch with the Boston Red Sox to get a deal for Iguchi, had also been in contact with the White Sox, but no formal talks had been held as the parties failed to reach an agreement on the terms.
“Hopefully, this will all be decided by the time spring training starts in February next year. I got the feeling that the move (to the majors) will work out,” said Iguchi, who visited Moss in the United States this month.
Last month, Iguchi asked the Daiei Hawks to release him in order to make himself available to major league teams and hired Moss as his agent.
In his eight-year career with the Fukuoka-based Pacific League club, he hit .271 with 149 homers, 507 RBIs and 159 stolen bases in 894 games. He won the PL stolen base title in 2001 and 2003 and is also a four-time All-Star.
Inaba draws interest
IRVINE, Calif. (Kyodo) Atsunori Inaba, who filed for free agency this offseason in hope of landing a deal with a major-league team, held an independent training session open to the media in Irvine, Calif., on Sunday.
The 32-year-old outfielder has apparently drawn interest from the Philadelphia Phillies, but has yet to receive a formal offer.
“The feeling that I want to play in the majors is stronger” than that of playing in Japan, he said.
Inaba batted .265 with 116 hits, 18 homers and 45 RBIs in 135 games this year.