Shigetoshi Hasegawa
50-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
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$Signed a two-year, $6.3 million contract in December 2003. Hasegawa announced his retirement in Jan. of 2006.
PFree Agent  
January 23, 2006
Hasegawa announced his retirement Monday morning.
ANALYSIS
Hasegawa probably could have hung on somewhere, but his career took a drastic downward trend in the last couple years and he was pretty much finished anyway. After coming over from Japan, Hasegawa played nine years in the majors, the last four with the Mariners. No more gettin' Shiggy wit it.
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Hasegawa's career could be nearing an end. The Mariners paid him a $325,00 buyout after he posted a 4.19 ERA in a career-low-tying 46 appearances last season. He cut his walks last year (from 31 in 2004 to 16 in 2005), but he couldn't curb his hits, allowing 66 in 66 2/3 innings. Hasegawa likely will find a home somewhere, though any fantasy value he once had is long gone.
Hasegawa couldn't have had a worse 2004. Valued for his versatility, he pitched poorly in every role, eventually losing his set-up duties to rookies. He blew all five his save opportunities and his ERA rocketed from 1.48 in 2003 to 5.16 in 2004. One would think Hasegawa could only get better this season.
Hasegawa's best attribute is versatility as he can pitch middle relief, set up or close. That also makes him tough to peg fantasy-wise because his role is unclear. He'll start the season as the right-handed set-up man for Kaz Sasaki, whom he took over the closer duties from last season and proceeded to save 16 games. If Sasaki falters, he could close again, though newly acquired Eddie Guardado could also move into that role. Hasegawa was magnificent for most of last year (he didn't allow a run in July), but stumbled down the stretch with a 5.06 ERA in September after posting a 0.87 ERA through August.
Hasegawa had his struggles in August last season, but still was an important cog in the Mariners' bullpen, posting a 3.20 ERA, eight wins, eight holds and a save. He, Arthur Rhodes and Jeff Nelson are all going to be setup men to Kaz Sasaki and if for some reason Kaz goes down (remember he is coming off elbow surgery), Hasegawa may become a tri-closer with the other two. However, he doesn't get as many strikeouts as Nelson or Rhodes, meaning he is less likely than they are to succeed in the role.
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PFree Agent  
November 2, 2005
Hasegawa, as expected, filed for free agency Tuesday after the Mariners declined his option for 2006, the Seattle Times reports.
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PSeattle Mariners  
August 6, 2005
Hasegawa was fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally hitting Cleveland outfielder Grady Sizemore last week, the Seattle Times reports.
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PSeattle Mariners  
August 1, 2005
Hasegawa could be released soon as the Mariners are about to embark on auditions for 2006 during the last two months of this season.
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PSeattle Mariners  
July 8, 2005
Hasegawa was unavailable to pitch Thursday night for a sixth straight game because of back spasms, the Seattle Times reports.
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PSeattle Mariners  
July 6, 2005
Hasegawa, who is pitching less and less these days, has a $3.1 million vesting option for next season if he appears in 58 games this season, but manager Mike Hargrove said Hasegawa's lack of innings is not related to the contract clause, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.
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