Sponichi: Ken Takahashi (Hiroshima Carp) will most likely Peter Greenberg as his agent. Takahashi is interested in going to the Majors and is currently linked to teams like the Mets, Giants, Cubs, and Blue Jays. The Mets are rumored to be preparing a contract offer in the range of $3M over 2 years. At 39, he would become the old Japanese player to go to the Majors.
Sponichi: The Yokohama Bay Stars have learned that Ryoji Aikawa will be exercising his FA option. Aikawa will probably field offers from teams like the Rakuten Eagles and Yakult Swallows and will also consider the Majors as an option.
Sponichi: Saburo Ohmura and Shingo Ono will be returning to the Lotte Marines next season. "I don't only have 1 dream. Having a big year for the Marines is also a big dream I have. I want to get back to the basics and have a great year next season," said Saburo. His contract is a 1-year deal at 1-oku yen. Shingo Ono's contract is also for 1 year and is valued at 8,800-man yen.
Sponichi: Alex Ramirez will be working as a special batting instructor for the Giants will Tatsunori Hara and his staff are away for the WBC.
Sponichi: SFX may be representing Koji Uehara. No official word has been posted yet.
Sponichi: Hideo Nomo has arrived at the training grounds for the Orix Buffaloes. He will act as a special instructor for 3 days beginning on the 12th.
Sponichi: The Cleveland Indians are showing interest in Junichi Tazawa.
Nikkan Sports: Soichi Fujita appears to be leaning towards returning to the Giants next season.
6:29PM JST UPDATE:
Mainichi: Yoshitomo Tani will most likely returning to the Giants next season. No specifics have been mentioned yet, but it is thought that Tani will be looking for a 1-year deal.
Mainichi: Seibu Lions Batting Coach Hiromoto "Dave" Okubo is being investigated for striking a woman in August.