[10/11/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines would like Wakui to return in 2018

Thirty-one-year-old Hideaki Wakui earned his international free agent option this year. The Chiba Lotte Marines would like Wakui to return next year. However, they know he is also interested in playing in the Majors. They are planning to sit down with him to discuss his plans.

According to Nikkan Sports, Wakui is planning to consider all his available options. That includes the Majors, Lotte, or another NPB team. Sports Hochi is reporting that Wakui has plans to visit the United States and watch the World Series.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2017, Daily Sports 10/11/2017, Sports Hochi 10/11/2017

[UPDATE 10/12 @ 11:58am]

The Marines want Wakui to return in 2018. To that end, they are prepared to do the following:

  • they will keep the lines of communication open even if he decides to exercise his option
  • they will consider his four seasons with the team, and not just his 2017 season
  • they will not set a deadline for a decision

Source: Sports Hochi 10/12/2017

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