The Yomiuri Giants will be taking a look at Edgardo Alfonzo. Alfonzo has been invited to the Giants' training camp in Miyazaki in February for a try-out. The article mentions second and third as possible positions for Alfonzo.
24-year-old righty Levi Romero will also be in the mix. If Romero makes the team, it will be as an Ikusei player.
The Lotte Marines MUST be pretty desparate for cash. Lotte team president Ryuzo Setoyama is calling on players to purchase tickets to home games. According to the article, Tadahito Iguchi has already purchased 15 seats (worth about 5M yen).
Of the 6,000 tickets the Marines would like to sell before the season starts, about a third still remain unsold.