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Lions to let Makita make major move

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Seibu’s Kazuhisa Makita fires a pitch during an interleague game against Yakult on June 3.

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.

He also played on the Samurai Japan teams at the World Baseball Classic in 2013 and 2017.

“The experience of playing in the WBC strengthened my desire to give [the majors] a shot,” Makita said in citing his motivation.Speech

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