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Sure, it would be great to see the O's expanding their frontier a bit, trying to find talent wherever it may be lurking these days. But I bet they don't. Aren't we still trying to catch up with other teams when it comes to our scouting in the Caribbean & South America? Maybe we should start in our own hemisphere, and go from there...

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Per Bob Bavasi (of JapanBall) these are the top three Japanese free agents.

1. Should the O's make a play for any of them? If so, whom?

2. Will the O's make a play for any of them?


We should go after all three. A SP, a bullpen arm, and an OF bat; just what we need and we don't give up any draft picks.
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But we have to pony up to just negotiate with him right? Like Dice K?

No. He's a free-agent, he's not under contract with a Japanese team so therefore there is no posting fee to acquire the rights to negotiate with him from his current team.

He is free to sign anywhere he wants.

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