03/17/09 5:04 PM ET
Suzuki looking to come back with KC
Royals' first Japanese pitcher has been out of Majors since '02
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
Suzuki was in the Royals' camp on Tuesday morning for a tryout. He threw in the bullpen for members of the Royals' front office.
"I'm looking for any kind of opportunity right now," he said. "I feel strong and healthy."
Suzuki, 33, originally signed with the Seattle Mariners, but in 1999 was traded to the New York Mets. The Mets almost immediately put the right-hander on waivers, and he was claimed by the Royals.
His best Kansas City season was 2000, when he was in the rotation and posted an 8-10 record with a 4.34 ERA in 32 games, including 29 starts. In 2001, he was 2-5 in 15 games when he was traded to the Colorado Rockies with catcher Sal Fasano in a deal that brought catcher Brent Mayne to the Royals.
From Colorado, he went to Milwaukee and ultimately back to KC.
Suzuki has not played in the Majors since 2002, when he had his second stint with the Royals. He was 0-2 in seven games, and then returned to Japan for three seasons.
In 2006, he was signed by the Oakland A's, but was released and spent the next three summers playing in the Mexican League.
"Baseball is baseball," he said. "I had a great time and pitched well down there."
Last season he was 4-3 with a 4.00 ERA in 34 relief appearances for Chihuahua. In 2007, he was 5-4 with a 3.28 ERA for Tabasco, and in 2006, he was 4-5 with 11 saves and a 3.48 ERA for Tijuana.
Suzuki lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.