TOKYO (AP) _ Kevin Millar of the Boston Red Sox apologized to the Chunichi Dragons on Thursday for refusing to come to the Japanese team.

The first baseman-outfielder said he did not want to play overseas while there was the possibility of war with Iraq.

Millar agreed to a $6.2 million, two-year deal with Chunichi. Millar, formally of the Florida Marlins, joined the Red Sox last week.

``I offer my sincere apologies to the Dragons, fans of the Dragons and anyone else who I may have disappointed by my decision not to play in Japan,'' Millar wrote in a statement released by the Japanese club.

He said he agreed to terms with the Dragons in January but never signed a contract. He later decided he wanted to play for the Red Sox.