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Saburo to Stay with Marines.

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Saburo to Stay with Marines.
Free agent Saburo has chosen to stay in Chiba with the Lotte Marines. His salary went up 3,000-man and is now 1-oku. Having lost a couple of players in the past seasons, this is good news for Marines fans. Now let's hope Lotte can hold on to Shimizu and Hashimoto, too.
Re: Saburo to Stay with Marines.
[ Author: Jbroks86 | Posted: Nov 11, 2008 10:34 PM | SFT Fan ]

Yeah, but I think his intention is to help Chiba win a pennant, he said; though the current agreement is a 2 year deal. It's always possible he could try for the big leagues after that deal is over, but at the age of 32 I feel this is the best time ever to go now. I'd still like to know further what is the 360 degree turnaround for Saburo though. He just a few days ago seemed so certain and not now.
Re: Saburo to Stay with Marines.
[ Author: Guest: N 26 | Posted: Nov 12, 2008 5:03 AM ]

Though Saburo was on Hoshino Japan, I'd not say he is a super star all star player. He is a good contact hitter and has decent power together with solid fielding in the outfield. In a good season in Chiba I'd say he could hit somewhere around .290 with 20 homers, and the question is if that is good enough for him to get a lot of playing time in the Majors. I think it would be wise for him to stay put, and as a Marines fan, I'm glad he will for now as he is one of the better players on the team. He is definitely not in the Godzilla, Ichiro category but has more power than Taguchi and higher average than Shinjo.

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