• Kyodo


Japanese all-star catcher Kenji Jojima, who is in talks with major league teams, returned to Japan on Saturday saying he is still awaiting offers.

“If I get offers, I’d like to go again,” Jojima said after arriving at Kansai International Airport.

“I’d like to not have this drag on too long if possible.” Jojima left the United States on Friday after visiting Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago to check living conditions for him and his family and canceling a meeting with the New York Mets.

According to his agent, Alan Nero, six major league teams are interested in him, and the Seattle Mariners have offered a deal carrying a base salary that surpasses an estimated 500 million yen he got from the Softbank Hawks this year.

But Jojima said he is not biased toward playing for Seattle.

“I have nothing to report of what you might be expecting. My feeling is in no way slanted (toward Seattle),” said Jojima, adding that the possibility of remaining with the Softbank Hawks next year still exists.

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