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NPB News and Notes from 11/16

by on Nov.15, 2008 @ 9:42 pm, under NPB

Sanspo: Looks like the AFP made a slight mistake in a recent Koji Uehara article -- instead of featuring a picture of Uehara, they used a picture of Kyuji Fujikawa. And CBS News apparently described Kenshin Kawakami's accomplishments instead of Uehara's. Hey, news companies in the US, if you need a translator, hire me.

Sanpo: The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Norihiro Nakamura. The Eagles would be looking at Nakamura to replace Jose Fernandez on the roster. Initial reports suggest that the Eagles are willing to offer Nakamura a 2-year deal worth 4-oku yen.

Sanspo: The Hanshin Tigers may be preparing to make a run at both Daisuke Miura and Kenshin Kawakami. The fact that it could take as much as 30-oku yen to sign both pitchers doesn't appear to be stopping the Tigers.

Sponichi: 6 Major League teams may be interested in ex-Yokohama Bay Stars catcher, Ryoji Aikawa. It was learned that Aikawa held a try-out in Arizona on the 13th and 14th and that the Orioles, Braves, Dodgers, Padres, and Giants all sent scouts to check him out. The general consensus seemed to be that while his arm and movement behind the plate were good, his hitting and communication could be a problem.

Sponichi: Kenshin Kawakami does still have an interest in the Majors. Speaking at a press conference on the 15th to announce his FA status, Kawakami said, "I've had a strong desire to go to the Majors from 5 or 6 years back. If I go to the Majors, I'd like to show the US was Japanese baseball is all about."

Sponichi: The Yomiuri Giants have said that they probably won't be looking to sign any Free Agents this year. This coming from a team that signed Michihiro Ogasawara and Ken Kadokura in '06 and Alex Ramirez, Seth Greisinger, and Marc Kroon in '07. "Our FA interests won't necessarily be 0%, but it'll be close to that."