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2006-07 Free Agents/Retirements

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2006-07 Free Agents/Retirements
Here is the official free agent qualifiers list [NPB-BIS Official Site- In Japanese], reproduced in English below for all teams for the 2006-07 off-season.

Yomiuri
IF - Makoto Kosaka
OF - Takayuki Ohnishi
P - Yukinaga Maeda
3B- Hiroki Kokubo
P - Kimiyasu Kudoh
OF - Takuya Kimura

Yakult
P - Kazuhisa Ishii
P - Futoshi Yamabe
SS - Shinya Miyamoto
C - Atsuya Furuta
IF - Katsuyuki Dobashi

Yokohoma
OF - Takanori Suzuki
P- Ken Kadokura
IF - Takashi Manei
IF - Takahiro Saeki
IF - Takuro Ishii

Chunichi
P - Denny Tomori
P - Masahiro Yamamoto
IF - Kazuyoshi Tatsunami
P - Eiji Ochiai
OF - Yoshinori Ueda
OF - Kazuki Inoue

Hanshin

OF - Shinjiro Hiyama
OF - Tomoaki Kanemoto
IF - Atsushi Kataoka
IF - Makoto Imaoka
OF - Kojiro Machida

Hiroshima
P - Hiroki Kuroda
OF - Tomonori Maeda
P - Ken Takahashi
P - Shinji Sasaoka
OF - Koichi Ogata
IF - Itsuki Asai

Nippon Ham
P - Hideki Okajima
IF - Michihiro Ogasawara
C - Satoshi Nakajima
IF - Yukio Tanaka
IF - Makoto Kaneko

Rakuten

IF - Yuji Yoshioka
IF - Takeshi Yamasaki
P - Hisashi Ogura
OF - Koichi Isobe
P - Toyohiko Yoshida
OF - Koichi Sekikawa
IF - Tadahuru Sakai
P - Yasuyuki Kawamoto
P - Masahiko Kaneda
OF - Tetsuya Iida

Seibu
P - Fumiya Nishiguchi
IF - Hiroyuki Takagi
IF - Akira Etoh
P - Takashi Ishii

Chiba Lotte

IF - Kazuya Fukuura
OF - Saburo Ohmura
OF - Kenji Morozumi
IF - Koichi Hori
OF - Tetsuya Kakiuchi
OF - Jun Inoue

Orix
C - Takeshi Hidaka
IF - Makoto Shiozaki
C - Kosuke Yoshihara
IF - Eiji Mizuguchi
C - Tetsuya Matoyama
OF - Yoshitomo Tani
IF - Kazuhiro Kiyohara

Softbank
OF - Hiroshi Shibahara
P - Shuji Yoshida
IF - Yusuke Torigoe
OF - Noriyoshi Ohmichi
OF - Tatsuya Ide

The following players will retire:

C - Takumi Shiigi (SL)
P - Harumi Sugiyama (SL)
OF - Shiro Teramoto (CLM)
IF - Takaya Hayashi (CLM)
P - Hirotaka Neichi (TRGE)
IF - Masahiro Kawai (CD)
IF - Atsushi Kataoka (HT)
OF - Kojiro Machida (HT)
OF - Tetsuya Iida (TRGE)
C - Katsunori Nomura (TRGE)
P - Shigeo Tamaki (TGRE)
IF - Tadaharu Sakai (TRGE)

[Retired Players NPB-BIS Official Site- In Japanese]
Comments
Re: 2006-07 Free Agents/Retirements
[ Author: Guest: Aaron H | Posted: Oct 31, 2006 7:32 AM ]

Tell me if I am wrong, but Adam Riggs is a free agent for the Yakult Swallows?
Re: 2006-07 Free Agents/Retirements
[ Author: Jbroks86 | Posted: Oct 31, 2006 10:58 AM | SFT Fan ]

Riggs would have to acquire 9 years of playing service on the parent squad before acquiring free agency like Tuffy Rhodes and Taigen Kaku did.

Like any other foreign player, Riggs is free to choose contractually where he can play in 2007, if he doesn't re-sign with Yakult, then he will be considered a free agent, but not in the context were talking here.
Re: 2006-07 Free Agents/Retirements
[ Author: Guest: JR | Posted: Oct 31, 2006 7:21 PM ]

Kanemoto wants to stay with Hanshin, right? He will surely start declining, but I can't imagine the Tigers without him (even though he's only been there 3 or so years).

Imaoka will be a tough one, as he missed most of the year, but hopefully can get back to form. Of course I wouldn't mind Hiyama moving on, but I imagine they'll keep him around for at least another year.
Re: 2006-07 Free Agents/Retirements
[ Author: Guest: bmab | Posted: Nov 1, 2006 11:45 AM ]

Didn't Morozumi retire for Lotte?
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