Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture – Major League Baseball has accepted the Hanshin Tigers’ application to post right-handed pitcher Shintaro Fujinami, the Japanese club said Thursday.
Fujinami, who was two-way star Shohei Ohtani’s rival when they were in high school, will have until 5 p.m. Eastern time on Jan. 14 to complete contract talks with interested major league clubs willing to pay a transfer fee.
The 28-year-old has a 57-54 career win-loss record with a 3.41 ERA in 189 games in 10 seasons, all with the Tigers. In 2022, he went 3-5 with a 3.38 ERA in 16 appearances, 10 of them starts.
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