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Former Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks ace Tadashi Settsu will retire after he was unable to land a contract with a Nippon Professional Baseball club for next season, a source familiar with the matter said Sunday.

Settsu, who won the Sawamura Award in 2012 as Japan’s most impressive starting pitcher, did not receive a contract from the Hawks. The 36-year-old right-hander was looking to continue his career with a different club but none of the teams showed interest in signing him.

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