[11/9/2016] Koji Aoyama will not exercise international FA option

Thirty-three-year-old Koji Aoyama has decided not to exercise his international free agent option and will stay with the Rakuten Eagles. The Eagles released the following statement from Aoyama:

The biggest reason [for not using my option] is because I love the Rakuten Eagles.

I feel strongly about the team because of the cheering fans and theĀ helpful team staff.

[The Eagles] allowed me to pitch this year. I hope I can do more next season to help.

I want to toss Nashida-kantoku into the air.

Source: Rakuten announcement

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