Munenori Kawasaki, who is now currently a free agent infielder, is now most likely heading for a return to Japan with the news of his recent release by the Cubs organization. Multiple NPB teams have said to have shown interest in signing Kawasaki this year but the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks (his former team in Japan), have the upper hand… as Kawasaki has previously stated early in the year that if he were going to return in Japan, he will ultimately pick Softbank as his final destination to end his career.
Fukuoka have been in contact with him for a long time now, even today after seeing his current status, in case he wants to come back, and have been reported to have prepared a multi-year deal for him (and his old uniform, no. 52) for his return previously.
Munenori Kawasaki said that he really enjoyed his time in the United States despite playing mostly in the minor leagues. But, as of now, a return to Japan is bound to happen this year after signing a minor league deal with the Cubs back in early January.
Mood maker, and always happy, Munenori Kawasaki, currently owns a career batting line of .237/.320/.289 in 633 at-bats in 5 seasons playing at the Major league level.