Kawasaki will only play in Seattle

Munenori Kawasaki only interested in Seattle Mariners

Japanese infielder Munenori Kawasaki wants to play in the major leagues, provided he can join Ichiro with the Seattle Mariners.

Kawasaki said at a news conference Thursday he's only thinking about playing on the same team as Ichiro and would have to decline other offers.

The 30-year-old Kawasaki is a free agent and could negotiate with any major league team, but prefers Seattle. This season, he batted .267 with 161 hits in 144 games to help lead the Softbank Hawks to their first Japan Series championship in eight years.

He teamed up with Ichiro as a member of the Japanese team that won the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.

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