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Tadahito Iguchi | Second Baseman

Team: International Player
Age / DOB:  (40) / 12/4/1974
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Tadahito Iguchi has decided to return to Japan by signing a three-year contract with the Chiba Lotte Marines.
Iguchi put together three straight solid seasons with an OPS in the mid-700s after coming to America as a 30-year-old in 2005, but struggled last season between San Diego and Philadelphia and likely would have had to settle for a minor league deal. Instead, he'll reportedly make around $1.9 million per year in Japan. He finishes with a .268/.338/.401 hitting line in 2,078 plate appearances with the White Sox, Phillies and Padres. Tue, Jan 20, 2009 08:46:00 AM

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According to the Kyodo News, the Lotte Mariners of Japan's Pacific League have offered free agent infielder Tadahito Iguchi a three-year contract.

The deal is worth around $6.5 million. Iguchi might only be able to snag a minor league deal if he wants to stay in Major League Baseball, so he's likely to accept the offer and head back to Japan.
Source: Kyodo News
Wed, Jan 7, 2009 10:00:00 AM

According to the Kyodo News, the Lotte Mariners of Japan's Pacific League are pursuing free agent infielder Tadahito Iguchi.

That makes much more sense than a report earlier this week from Sponichi, another Japanese sports network, that claimed Iguchi has "multiple offers" from MLB teams. The 34-year-old hit .232/.292/.306 last season with two home runs and 24 RBI in 310 at-bats for the Phillies and Padres.
Source: Kyodo News
Sun, Jan 4, 2009 08:31:00 AM

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team is "not really" interested in trying to bring back Tadahito Iguchi.

Iguchi regressed to a line of .232/.292/.306 last season. As a 34-year-old injury risk, he will probably have to return to Japan if he wants to be a starter.
Tue, Dec 9, 2008 10:06:00 AM

Phillies sent infielder Tadahito Iguchi outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Iguchi still doesn't have the service time to qualify for free agency, so the Phillies needed to take this step to set him free. Iguchi said he's only interested in being a starter in 2009. If it doesn't happen in the U.S., he wouldn't mind going back to Japan.
Fri, Nov 14, 2008 02:00:00 PM

Phillies signed second baseman Tadahito Iguchi.

Iguchi hit .231/.292/.304 in 303 at-bats before being let go by the Padres. The Phillies will use him as a right-handed pinch-hitter.
Fri, Sep 5, 2008 06:14:00 PM

Tadahito Iguchi is set to sign with the Phillies for the stretch run.

He'll be ineligible for the postseason. The Phillies, who traded for Iguchi last year and tried to re-sign him in the offseason, will use the infielder mostly as a pinch-hitter.
Fri, Sep 5, 2008 04:00:00 PM

Tadahito Iguchi's agent said Wednesday that the Dodgers and Phillies have expressed interest in his client.

Iguchi was released by the Padres last week after hitting just .231/.292/.304 in 81 games. He played for the Phillies in the second half last season, batting .304/.361/.442 in 45 games after coming over in a midseason trade.
Thu, Sep 4, 2008 09:07:00 AM

Padres released second baseman Tadahito Iguchi.

Iguchi hit .231/.292/.304 in 303 at-bats. It wasn't all Petco either, as his OPS was actually 60 points better at home than on the road. This makes back-to-back disappointing years for the second baseman, so it's unlikely that he'll land another starting job in 2009. He may opt to head back to Japan to continue his career.
Mon, Sep 1, 2008 08:17:00 PM

The Padres will release both Tadahito Iguchi and Brett Tomko to open up room for Matt Antonelli and Wade LeBlanc on Monday.

The Padres wouldn't call up Antonelli unless they planned to play him pretty regularly at second base. He's had an extremely disappointing season, but he did step it up this month. LeBlanc might work out of the pen initially, but odds are that he'll make at least a couple of starts next month.
Sun, Aug 31, 2008 07:56:00 PM

Padres activated second baseman Tadahito Iguchi from the 15-day disabled list.

Iguchi was probably going to do a lot of sitting after returning before Khalil Greene got hurt. Now the Padres have the option of putting Edgar Gonzalez at shortstop to open up room for Iguchi at second base. Iguchi will probably have modest value in NL-only leagues.
Fri, Aug 1, 2008 08:46:00 PM

Tadahito Iguchi is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday.

He's played three games on his rehab assignment, going 4-for-10 with two homers. He'll take the roster spot of Khalil Greene, and should take playing time away from Edgar Gonzalez, who despite a hot start has just one hit in his last 24 at-bats.
Fri, Aug 1, 2008 11:26:00 AM

Tadahito Iguchi (shoulder) went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first minor league rehab game Tuesday at Single-A.

Manager Bud Black said Tuesday that Iguchi is 7-10 days away from completing his rehab stint. Iguchi has been out since early June with a separated right shoulder, making Edgar Gonzalez the Padres' starting second baseman.
Wed, Jul 30, 2008 10:03:00 AM

Tadahito Iguchi has been cleared to participate in some baseball activites, including long toss and fielding drills.

Iguchi has been sidelined since separating his right shoulder on June 5. He's expected to begin a rehab assignment on July 28. "It's a personal battle for me to kind of hold my feelings and take the right steps," Iguchi said. "Obviously, I want to get back on the field and contribute. But at the same time, it would not mean anything if I came back right away and had the same injury and would not be able to perform."
Fri, Jul 18, 2008 09:35:00 PM

Padres placed second baseman Tadahito Iguchi on the 15-day disabled list with a separated right shoulder.

Iguchi is expected to miss at least a month after he was injured running the bases on Thursday night. With Matt Antonelli slumping in Triple-A, the Padres will go with Edgar Gonzalez and Craig Stansberry at second base for now. It’ll further weaken an already poor offense.
Fri, Jun 6, 2008 06:47:00 PM

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