Sanspo: The Orix Buffaloes have signed Ryan Vogelsong. No other information is currently available.
Sanspo: The Yomiuri Giants have hired Nathan Minchey to be their US-based scout. He spent 7 years in the NPB between 1998 and 2004 (3 with Hiroshima and 4 with Lotte). The two sides will officially enter into an agreement in February.
Sponichi: Tatsunori Hara's WBC uniform number will be 83. The rest of the coaching staff:
Pitching Coach: Hisashi Yamada 71
Bullpen Coach: Tsuyoshi Yoda 92
Sogo (Bench) Coach: Tsutomu Ito 72
Batting Coach: Kazunori Shinozuka 81
INF Coach: Nobuhiro Takashiro 63
OF Coach: Koichi Ogata 73