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International Free Agents
Continuing our coverage of free agents for this current 2009-10 off season, here is the list of international free agents according to Nikkan Sports:
  Team  Name  Pos  
YOMFujita, SoichiP
YOMFuruki, Shigeyuki *IF
YOMKimura, Takuya2B
YOMOhmichi, NoriyoshiIF
YOMRamirez, Alex *LF
YOMTakahashi, Hisanori *P
YOMTakahashi, YoshinobuRF
YOMTani, YoshitomoOF
YOMToyoda, Kiyoshi **P
CHUAraki, Masahiro2B
CHUHirai, MasafumiP
CHUIbata, HirokazuSS
CHUInoue, Kazuki [R]RF
CHUIwase, HitokiP
CHUMorino, Masahiko *3B
CHUTanishige, Motonobu **C
CHUTatsunami, Kazuyoshi [R]IF
CHUYamamoto, MasahiroP
YAKFukuchi, Kazuki *LF
YAKIgarashi, Ryota *P
YAKKida, Masao **P
YAKMiyamoto, Shinya3B
YAKShiroishi, Noriyuki [R]3B
HANHiyama, ShinjiroOF
HANImaoka, Makoto3B
HANKanemura, SatoruP
HIRHigashide, Akihiro2B
HIRIshii, TakuroSS
HIRMaeda, TomonoriLF
HIROgata, Koichi [R]OF
YOKKinjoh, TatsuhikoCF
YOKKudoh, KimiyasuP
YOKMorikasa, Shigeru *LF
YOKNishi, Toshihisa **2B
YOKSaeki, Takahiro1B
NIPInaba, AtsunoriRF
NIPNioka, Tomohiro3B
NIPKaneko, MakotoSS
NIPNakajima, SatoshiC
NIPTateyama, Yoshinori *P
NIPTsuboi, Tomochika *LF
RAKIsobe, KoichiRF
RAKKawaguchi, Kenshi1B
RAKKosaka, Makoto2B
RAKYamasaki, TakeshiDH
SFTHonma, Mitsuru1B
SFTMatsunaka, NobuhikoDH
SFTMuramatsu, ArihitoLF
SFTShibahara, HiroshiRF
SFTTamura, Hitoshi *RF
SEIEtoh, Akira [R]1B
SEIHirao, Hiroshi1B
SEINishiguchi, FumiyaP
LOTFukuura, Kazuya1B
LOTHashimoto, Tasuku *C
LOTHori, Koichi1B
LOTKomiyama, Satoru [R]P
LOTOhmura, SaburoOF
LOTOno, Shingo *P
LOTShimizu, Naoyuki *P
LOTTakagi, KojiP
ORXKawagoe, Hidetaka *P
ORXKitagawa, Hirotoshi3B
ORXOhmura, NaoyukiLF
ORXRhodes, TuffyDH
ORXTakanami, FumikazuLF

* denotes reached international free agency for the first time
** denotes reaching IFA for multiple times
[R] denotes players who have announced that they are retiring
No mark indicates that a player had reached IFA in a previous year

Once again, the standard disclaimer applies with regard to the likelihood of any of these players actually exercising their free agency rights. Furthermore, some of the above players are currently under multi-year contracts (i.e. many of the Dragons), so while they are free agents, they don't have the ability to jump to the MLB without special negotiating with their respective clubs.

The filing period starts the day after the Japan Series concludes and lasts for 7 working days. I won't speculate, but will rather revisit the list once the filing deadline is complete and a list of declared free agents is published.

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