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Around the NPB Horn: Tigers looking at G.G. Sato in possible trade?

by on Oct.14, 2009 @ 3:30 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...The Tigers still have their eyes on Hideki Matsui and will be ready to begin negotiations with him should he become available.

...Akinobu Mayumi said that he would like to start over and pick a new clean-up batter for his line-up next season.  The team expects to undergo some changes to the roster over the off-season and Tomoaki Kanemoto could be moved out of the spot next season if someone better arrives.

...Takahiro Arai's spot at third could be up for grabs.  Arai could be moved over to first.  A lot will depend on how many changes to team undergoes during the off-season.

"Arai staying at third?  I have no idea.  We might move him back to first, but then we also might get a foreigner [to play there].  We'll likely wait until we know what kind of players we'll have next season," said head coach Katsuhiko Kido.

...Tomoyuki Kubota will likely remain with the club but will also take a hit in salary.

...The Tigers are taking a look at former Yomiuri Giant Adrian Burnside.

...The Tigers are thinking about trying to get G.G. Sato from the Seibu Lions in a trade.  G.G. Sato could be the answer to their clean-up hitting woes.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Fighters announced the appointment of Yukio Tanaka as the team's new Ni-gun batting coach on Tuesday.

When asked what his plans were for Sho Nakata, he said, "He's put up good numbers at Ni-gun so I think he can do the same in Ichi-gun.  Instead of getting upset with him, I want to take a positive approach and praise him."

Seibu Lions

...Current Ni-gun fielding and base-running coach Toshio Maeda will likely become the Lions' next Ichi-gun fielding and base-running coach.

Yakult Swallows

...The media has learned that Kazuhiro Hatakeyama was married to model Misato Kakida (sp?).  Hatakeyama was introduced to Kakida by a mutual friend last year in July and they began dating the following month.  The two filed their marriage papers on 8/30 and will hold a formal ceremony in December.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Bay Stars owner Kiyoshi Wakabayashi was recently asked what his team's focus will be during the off-season and he replied, "We don't have much pitching or right handed hitting...  Actually, everything."


...Makoto Imaoka on Yokohama showing interest in him: "I haven't heard anything about it, but if it's true, that makes me happy."

Imaoka added, "I'm confident I can still hit.  That's why I decided I wanted to keep playing. ... It might be called a liar on this, but since I was paid up until now, I really don't care about that aspect. Right now, I just wanna play baseball."

...Masao Kida said that he is thinking about attending the 12-team tryout in November.

"If teams want to see me pitch then I'll go to the tryouts," said Kida.

Kida will begin training on his own as he waits for teams to contact him.

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