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Orix Buffaloes Sawamura Award winner Chihiro Kaneko is expected to draw the spotlight this winter as he aims to make a move to the major league via the posting system.

Friday marked the period to begin procedures for those who have qualified as free agents. Kaneko is among 88 players who became eligible for domestic free agency after eight years of service in Japanese baseball, but the right-hander has expressed interest in taking his game to the majors.

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