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Toronto is showing interest in the eccentric, former Mariners' infielder.
The Toronto Blue Jays added some serious depth across the board this offseason, and may be looking to add just a bit more. Despite having new additions Jose Reyes, Maicer Izturis, and Emilio Bonifacio set to roam the middle infield at the
Rogers Centre SkyDome, the club is still showing interest in signing free-agent infielder Munenori Kawasaki, reports Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun.
Kawasaki, 31, made the jump to the MLB for the first time last year after 12 seasons with the SoftBank Hawks in Japan. Signed to a minor-league contract by the Seattle Mariners with a little help from his offseason training partner (Ichiro Suzuki), Kawasaki did not perform well by any standard in 2012, but still managed to endear himself to M's fans on several occasions during the season.
The veteran infielder spent most of his time manning either shortstop or second base for Seattle, batting just .192/.257/.202 in 115 plate appearances over 61 games.
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An eight-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner with the Hawks, Kawasaki has stated many times that his goal in coming to the MLB was to be Ichiro's teammate. Now that Ichiro is with the Yankees, it's unclear what Kawasaki plans to do next.
If the Blue Jays do intend on adding Kawasaki to the organization, it seems highly unlikely that they would do so on anything other than a minor-league deal.