Sponichi: The Chiba Lotte Marines and Hisayoshi Chono finally met face to face on the 24th. The Marines are said to have offered a 1-oku, 5,000-man yen contract to Chono during their meeting. However, Chono appears to be leaning towards turning the offer down. There is a good chance that he'll have a final decision ready by the time the two sides meet for their second round of negotiations.
Sponichi: Alex Ramirez might be considering a name change on his uniform. "Maybe, just maybe, next season I'll have the name "Rami-chan" on my uniform [instead of Ramirez]. Everyone calls me that anyone so it seems to make sense."
Sponichi: Brian Cashman sounds like he's getting frustrated by pesky Japanese reporters. "Matsui is not eligible for the WBC. The decision has been made. And that won't change if you ask me this question 4 or 5 more times. It just isn't physically possible for him to play. I know everyone wants him in there, but it was just bad luck." (translated from Japanese)
Nikkan Sports: Jamie D'Antona has been released by the Arizona Diamondbacks. This was reportedly done to allow D'Antona to enter into negotiations with the Yakult Swallows.