The Yomiuri Shimbun The Saitama Seibu Lions are leaning toward allowing submariner Kazuhisa Makita to make the jump to the major leagues through the posting system, a team official revealed Monday.
Haruhiko Suzuki, the Lions’ general manager, said the team’s approach was to accept the 32-year-old right-hander’s request.
A final decision would be made once a revised posting system is established through current negotiations between Major League Baseball and its Japanese counterpart.
“We’re thinking in the direction [of accepting],” Suzuki said. “The player himself has expressed a strong desire.”
Makita joined the Lions as the team’s No. 2 draft choice in 2010 out of corporate club Nippon Express. Since making his debut in 2011, he has compiled a 53-49 record with 25 saves in 276 appearances.