Tadahito Iguchi Rumors

Tadahito Iguchi Set To Join Chiba Lotte Marines

11:09pm: Patrick Newman tells us Japanese reports indicate this is a done deal at about $6MM over three years.  Iguchi had solid years in three of his four MLB seasons, banking $11.8MM and snagging a World Series ring (two if his month with the Phillies this year counts).

7:47am: According to Kyodo News, second baseman Tadahito Iguchi is set to join the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan.  A few weeks ago they reportedly offered three years and over $6MM.

In other Japanese baseball news, Kyodo reports that lefty Koji Mitsui will stay with the Seibu Lions after he was posted twice and no MLB team made a bid.

Chiba Lotte Marines Offer Three Years To Iguchi

According to Kyodo News, the Chiba Lotte Marines made a three-year, 600 million yen (about $6.45MM) offer to free agent second baseman Tadahito Iguchi.  It’s hard to imagine he’d pass on that for a minor league deal worth less than a million bucks here in the States.

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Japanese Baseball Rumors

A few rumors from NPB, courtesy of Patrick Newman.

Odds & Ends: Rockies, Iguchi, Indians

Some odds and ends for a quiet Sunday morning:

  • Troy E. Renck notes that after acquiring Jason Marquis, arbitration is going to result in a slight payroll increase of $5MM for the Rockies.
  • From Kyodo News: The Lotte Marines will begin talks with Tadahito Iguchi on Wednesday in Okinawa.
  • Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe points out that the Red Sox prefer short, low cost, low risk contracts for established talent (i.e. Wade Miller, Bartolo Colon, and now Brad Penny) rather than large free agent contracts for pitchers.
  • Keith Law says the Indians got Mark DeRosa for cheap, adding that a ".285/.365/.440 line is well within reason."

MLB Teams Pursuing Tadahito Iguchi?

Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker has translated a report from Sponichi, a Japanese news network, claiming that infielder Tadahito Iguchi has multiple offers from MLB teams.

Sponichi speculates that the Giants and Royals are nice fits, while Newman himself believes the White Sox might want Iguchi back.  Of course, that’s all conjecture.  A few teams in Japan are legitimately vying for his services.  The 34-year-old batted .232/.292/.306 last season with two dingers and 24 RBI in 310 at-bats.  It seems most MLB teams could do better.

NPB Rumors: Tazawa, Iwase, Iguchi

Some Japanese baseball-related rumors, courtesy of Patrick Newman at NPB Tracker:

Odds and Ends: Iguchi, Varitek, Bonds

Linkage for Thursday…

Dodgers, Phillies Interested In Iguchi

Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times talked to Tadahito Iguchi‘s agent, who said the Dodgers and Phillies expressed interest in his client.

Iguchi, 33, hit .231/.292/.304 in 330 plate appearances for the Padres – the worst performance of his MLB career.  A separated shoulder caused him to miss most of June and all of July.  Iguchi earned $4MM for his efforts. 

Iguchi picked it up upon a trade to Philly last year, but he’s not likely to find as many at-bats this time around.  The Dodgers are currently using Blake DeWitt at second base in Jeff Kent‘s absence.

Padres Release Tomko And Iguchi

Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that the Padres released Brett Tomko and Tadahito Iguchi following today’s game. The move was made to make room on the 40-man roster for prospects Matt Antonelli and Wade LeBlanc.

Tomko was 2-7 with a 6.30 ERA in 22 appearances (10 starts) this season. Iguchi was hitting .231/.292/.304 in 81 games this season. Tomko signed a 1-year deal prior to the season that paid him $3MM. Iguchi was given a 1-year extension that paid him $3.85MM this season.

Cork Gaines writes for RaysIndex.com and can be reached here.

Padres Rumors: Iguchi, Prior, Cameron

Padres rumor guru Tom Krasovic checks in with the latest.

  • Why does Tadahito Iguchi love San Diego so much?  He passed on far superior offers (and hitter’s parks) from the Rockies and Phillies.  The Padres have definitely developed a competitive advantage over the years in that guys will make concessions to play there.
  • Nine teams have expressed interest in Mark Prior, according to his agent.  The Astros are confirmed.  The Reds, Rangers, and Phillies are other possibilities.  The Padres haven’t checked in yet but they are expected to.
  • Talks are still ongoing between Mike Cameron and the Padres.