Nishikawa stays put

The Nippon Ham Fighters will have their captain, center fielder and leadoff hitter Haruki Nishikawa, back for the 2021 season in Japan’s Pacific League after his posting deadline expired without a contract on Saturday afternoon.

The 28-year-old slap-hitting on-base machine, who was unlikely to match the $1.9 million he’d received the past two years in Japan, had stated his desire to go as a pursuit of learning things he couldn’t in Japan. One has to love that, but without power and with another slow winter free-agent market, it was going to be a tough slog for a guy on a 30-day deadline.

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