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For Chihiro Kaneko, it starts now. The questions about his future and the maelstrom of media attention that will have grown to a fevered pitch by the time it’s time to face the issue.

Before, free agency questions could be neatly parried with a reminder that Kaneko had not fulfilled the requirements yet. Well, that ended Sunday, when the Orix Buffaloes righty qualified for domestic free agency.

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