Sanspo: Takayuki Kishi isn't very happy. The Seibu Lions only offered a raise of 39M yen and Kishi feels he deserves more after leading the team with 12 wins and his performance during the Nippon Series against the Giants. Said Kishi, "I thought I'd sign if their offer was close to what I was thinking. I don't really want to say too much, but I honestly thought, 'is that all you thought of my performance this past season?'" It is rumored that Kishi wants a deal in the 85M yen range, 10M yen more than what the Lions have offered.
Sanspo: Yoshinobu Takahashi has decided not to undergo surgery on his lower back. Takahashi has been suffering from chronic back pains and it was thought that he might undergo the knife this off-season. But after discussing his options with doctors and teams officials, it was decided to hold off on the surgery. Takahashi said, "At this point, I won't be having any surgery. I'm rehabbing my back and it's feeling pretty good right now."
Sanspo: The Orix Buffaloes are showing some interest in Jose Fernandez. The club is a little concerned with Greg LaRocca's health and may go after Fernandez for back-up.
Sanspo: The Yakult Swallows could begin negotiations with Ryoji Aikawa as early as some time next week.
Official Carp Website: Four exhibition game match-ups against the Eagles, Marines, Swallows, and Tigers will take place at the old Hiroshima Municipal Stadium next season. These will be the last games played by the NPB at the old stadium -- a final farewell tour of sorts.