[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

[UPDATE 10/25 @ 2:55am]

Wakui left for the United States out of Haneda Airport on October 23. He is planning to watch the World Series. Before leaving, he told reporters he was interested in playing in the Majors and that he started thinking about it after playing in the WBC.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/24/2017

[UPDATE 11/7 @ 2:27pm]

Wakui is no rush to make a decision and told reporters on November 6 that he take advantage of all the time he has until the deadline on November 14.

Nikkan Sports is reporting that Wakui has already informed Lotte that he is planning to exercise his option with his first choice to play in the Majors.

Source: Daily Sports 11/7/2017, Sports Hochi 11/7/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017

[UPDATE 11/8 @ 12:44am]

Wakui is reportedly planning to file for free agency because he wants a shot at playing in the Majors. If he ends up staying in Japan, it will be with Lotte.

Source: Daily Sports 11/7/2017Daily Sports 11/7/2017

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