Japan has already lost a slew of its best pitchers, and these position players may follow
Centerfielder, Yomiuri Giants
.433 On-base Pct.
A free agent and the best bet to test the market in the U.S., Matsui would deal a major blow to the Giants, who are the Yankees of the Japan League, if he were to depart.
Shortstop, Seibu Lions
This Matsui, a switch-hitter, has been more coy about coming to the U.S. and will require a posting fee to the Lions if he's to be signed, but he's considered the best athlete in Japanese baseball.
Third baseman, Kintetsu Buffaloes
.672 Slg. Pct.
The righthanded-hitting Nakamura is a free agent and one of the top power hitters in Japan, but there are questions about whether he would be as big a homer threat in the U.S.
Statistics through Sunday