Japanese center fielder Shogo Akiyama could be a fit for Diamondbacks

The Arizona Republic
Japanese center fielder Shogo Akiyama could be a fit for Diamondbacks
Japanese center fielder Shogo Akiyama could be a fit for Diamondbacks

With the domestic free-agent market short on appealing options and the cost on the trade market potentially prohibitive, the Diamondbacks might turn to Japan in their hunt for a center fielder. At the general manager's meetings on Tuesday, the Diamondbacks' Mike Hazen acknowledged his club's interest in Japanese center fielder Shogo Akiyama, an unrestricted free agent who is said to be looking to make the jump to the major leagues. “We think he's a good player,” Hazen told reporters. “… We're in the outfield market, the center-field market, specifically. We're in the entire market.” Akiyama is viewed by rival scouts and executives as a somewhat risky but intriguing player. Though he will turn

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