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NPB Roundup 12/3: Botts to return to Fighters; Takeoka thinking about the Majors?

by on Dec.03, 2008 @ 5:31 am, under NPB

Sanspo: The Nippon Ham Fighters have re-signed Jason Botts to a 1-year contract worth 46.5M yen. Botts didn't do much for the Fighters last season but I guess both Botts and the Fighters believe that he's better than the numbers he put up (.254, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 142 AB).

Sanspo: Kazuhiro Takeoka is leaning ever more towards heading to the Majors. After being DFA'd by the Softbank Hawks and showing off his arm to some Braves scouts, Takeoka appears to be leaning towards trying for the Majors one more time. Takeoka should know before the end of the year whether or not the Braves want to invite him to Spring Training next season.