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Uehara eyeing majors for 2006

Yomiuri Giants right-hander Koji Uehara said Tuesday he hopes to move to the major leagues next year through the posting system.

Uehara, 29, is in talks through his agent to revise his current contract with the Central League club but said he has made his intentions clear on a move to the majors in 2006.

“The club has heard from my agent and I’ve told them directly that I want to use the posting system,” Uehara said.

However, Yomiuri club representative Hidetoshi Kiyotake has already rejected any arrangement that would auction the five-time All-Star to the highest bidder.

“We don’t recognize the posting system. I’ve said from the beginning that this is out of the question,” Kiyotake said.

Last season, Uehara went 13-5 and won the Central League ERA title with an ERA 2.59.

Elsewhere, The Yokohama BayStars said Tuesday they have acquired southpaw Mike Holtz on a single-year deal worth $360,000 (about 37 million yen) in addition to performance-related incentives.

Holtz, 32, went 16-19 with three saves and a 4.68 ERA in 350 games over his seven-year major-league career. He played for teams including the Anaheim Angels and Oakland Athletics as a reliever.

Also, Ryota Igarashi, who won the best reliever award in the Central League last season for the first time in his career, re-signed with the Yakult Swallows for 164 million yen on Tuesday, up 68 million yen from last year.