Thirty-one-year-old Kenji Akashi earned his domestic free agent option earlier this year in May. The media learned on November 4 that there is a chance he might exercise the option. He is open to staying with the Softbank Hawks, but he is also interested in testing the free agent market. A number of teams, including Lotte, could be interested in his services.
Source: Sponichi 11/5/2017