Daily Sports: Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Daisuke Miura officially announced that he is becoming a free agent.
Sanspo: Daisuke Miura's father appears to be pushing for his son to join the Tigers. "It would be nice if he joined the Tigers. If he lived close by, then I'd be able to see my grandchild. I think the Tigers are really the only team to give him an offer, right? Whatever he decides, I'll be rooting for him."
Sanspo: Details for Akinobu Mayumi's contract were officially announced at a press conference yesterday -- the Hanshin Tigers manager signed a 2-year deal worth 8,000-man yen.
Sanspo: The NPB finished in the red for the first time in 5 years. The NPB Executive Committee met yesterday to disclose the final financial figures for the 2008 season. An increase in running expenses and taxes were quoted as reasons for the deficit. The Beijing Olympics were also included as a reason (the NPB paid for player lodgings during the games). Ryuzo Kato, Commissioner of the NPB, also discussed the need for coming up with a system for choosing managers for future events.
The Central League Board of Directors also met to discuss the possibility of using a strike zone that is closer to what is designated in the rule books.
Sponichi: The Indians and Tigers reps met with Junichi Tazawa yesterday to officially inform him of their interest.
Sports Hochi: Despite becoming a free agent, Kenshin Kawakami will be featured in the Dragons 2009 calendar for the month of January.
Nikkan Sports: The Yakult Swallows have cut ties with Aaron Guiel. The Swallows have contacted Guiel's rep to inform him that they will most likely not be renewing his contract for the 2009 season.