Sanspo is reporting that the Chiba Lotte Marines will not be renewing the contracts for 31-year-old infielder Jose Ortiz, 31-year-old pitcher Winston Abreu, and and 26-year-old pitcher Szu-Yu Wu.
The Chiba Lotte Marines have instead signed two infielders: 34-year-old Gary Burnham and 29-year-old Chase Lambin. Both players can play multiple positions and may be counted on as "super utility" type players.
Lambin is a switch-hitter who hit .300 with 14 homers and 54 rbis (AAA) in the Florida Marlins organization. Burnham is coming over from the Taiwan pro leagues.
And I thought this might be of interest to Mike (front page for Nikkan Sports):
The headline along the right reads: Below Freezing. 120 Pitches. Uehara.
The words in yellow: Heating up!