NAGOYA (Kyodo) Chunichi Dragons right-hander Kenshin Kawakami will exercise his right to become a free agent with an eye on a move to the major leagues or another domestic club.
Sources close to the 33-year-old Kawakami said Sunday that he wishes to leave Chunichi after meeting the requirement of being on the top-team roster for nine years in order to become eligible for a move to an overseas team.
The sources said that Kawakami is leaning toward a move to the majors rather than play for another Japanese club, but added that he is still seriously contemplating his decision.
Chunichi club president Junnosuke Nishikawa made a tentative offer of a four-year deal in a meeting with Kawakami in early September to try to entice him to remain with team but he was not convinced.
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