Nikkan Sports: Kenshin Kawakami is reportedly nearing a deal with the Atlanta Braves. A deal could be finalized within the next few days.
Japan Today: Tucson, Arizona is looking mulling over the idea of inviting a Japanese team to fill in the gaping whole left when the Chicago White Sox moved their Spring Training facilities to Phoenix. They are hoping to find a team play up to 15 Spring Training games in Tucson by 2010.
Nikkan Sports: 3 years at 540M yen - the latest offer on the table for Tadahito Iguchi from the Lotte Marines. The deal also includes the promise of hiring Iguchi as a coach after he retires (along with the possibilities of becoming manager).
Nikkan Sports: Daisuke Miura will be training alongside Kobe 9 Cruise Eri Yoshida. Miura: "I'm going to train with Eri Yoshida. There will be a lot of pitchers with me so we'll all learn the knuckleball from her. It'll be good to have another pitch to lean on. But I'm not sure if she'll teach us."