Munenori Kawasaki eyes spring training

Updated: January 5, 2012, 9:20 AM ET
Associated Press

KOBE, Japan -- Japanese infielder Munenori Kawasaki says he's been invited to spring training by the Seattle Mariners.

"I'll be going to Arizona in February to compete for a job," he said Thursday.

Kawasaki batted .267 with 161 hits in 144 games last season to help lead the Softbank Hawks to their first Japan Series championship in eight years.

Kawasaki, a 30-year-old free agent, previously said he would go to the major leagues, provided he could join Ichiro Suzuki in ...

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