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Kaz Ishii to Fighters?

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Kaz Ishii to Fighters?
Is it true that Ishii is going back to Japan to the Nippon Ham Fighters?
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Re: Kaz Ishii to Fighters?
[ Author: Jingu Bleacher Bum | Posted: Nov 22, 2005 3:08 PM | YAK Fan ]

While the Nippon Ham Fighters seem to be the most up-front club in trying to bring Ishii back, Rakuten is another club rumored to be interested. The Fighters have supposedly put up an offer of 2 years for 800 million yen. You may remember that Ishii played under Rakuten manager Katsuya Nomura during his days with Yakult, so that is a possibility as well.

However, Ishii has stated that his priority is to find another MLB team where he can join the starting rotation.
Re: Kaz Ishii to Fighters?
[ Author: Deanna | Posted: Nov 22, 2005 4:05 PM | NIP Fan ]

I was pointed to this article (sanspo.com), but I'm still not sure I exactly understand what's up here. The Fighters want to go after him but either have to wait for him to be a free agent next month or have to buy his contract from the Mets?

Either way, I think it would be pretty cool, especially with the Fighters releasing/posting/whatevering Iriki - assuming Ishii's still got something left in his arm, no pun intended.
Re: Kaz Ishii to Fighters?
[ Author: BigManZam | Posted: Nov 23, 2005 3:07 AM | CLM Fan ]

But with Shinjo and Inaba, wouldn't the Fighters become the team for guys not good enough to cut it in the majors?
Re: Kaz Ishii to Fighters?
[ Author: Guest: John Brooks | Posted: Nov 23, 2005 4:57 AM ]

- The Fighters want to go after him but either have to wait for him to be a free agent next month or have to buy his contract from the Mets?

The Mets declined Ishii's 2006 option on November 15th [Link - MLB], so he should be a free agent. At this moment there should be no need to buy his contract out from the Mets.
Re: Kaz Ishii to Fighters?
[ Author: mrbaseball_cpr | Posted: Jan 30, 2006 1:16 PM | YBS Fan ]

Ishii returning to Japan is great for Japanese baseball, but a dissapointing loss for the American fan. I for one was quite intrigued by Ishii-san's slow, sweeping curves, and felt that he would take well to our style of baseball. In the end, I suppose that time and circumstance were too much, and I would think that he might have been more than a little homesick, too.

At any rate, good luck to you, Mr Ishii. Play well.
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