Sponichi: Toshihiro Noguchi entered preliminary discussions with the Yokohama Bay Stars.
Sanspo: Daisuke Miura has also entered preliminary discussions, specifically with the Hanshin Tigers. Miura still isn't sure where he would like to go -- he's sitting at a 50-50 split in terms of signing with the Tigers.
Sanspo: The Eagles are going hard after Norihiro Nakamura. Rakuten would like to plug Nakamura over at third.
Sanspo: The Swallows met with Hei Chun Lee twice in the same day and while a final decision is yet to be made, it appears as though the team has a solid chance in signing the lefty from Korea.
Sanspo: The San Francisco Giants are quoted as having an interest in Kenshin Kawakami.
Sanspo: 8 teams are said to be interested in Junichi Tazawa: Red Sox, Braves, Phillies, Rangers, Reds, Mariners, Mets, and Giants. All 8 teams had scouts at a recent game, but Tazawa did not make an appearance.
Sponichi: Hisashi Iwakuma was awarded the 2008 Golden Spirits Award. The award has been handed out to players for their charitable contribution to society since 1999. The Golden Spirits Award is considered the equivalent to the Roberto Clemente Award.
Iwakuma started donated ~$1,000 (10-man yen) for every win he notches to help children in Thailand in 2007. He has also donated time and money to various groups in Japan.
Sponichi: Ryoji Aikawa is interested in listening to what the Yakult Swallows have to offer. But he still has his site set on the Majors: Aikawa is said to be working with Alan Nero.
Sponichi: Clubs interested in Ken Takahashi: Mets, Giants, Cubs, Padres, Blue Jays. Agent: Peter Greenberg
NikkanSports: Koji Uehara has been fairly quite ever since signing SFX to represent him. 8 teams are said to be interested in the righty.