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Hanshin Tigers a possible landing spot for Johjima?

by on Oct.20, 2009 @ 8:03 am, under NPB

Sponichi is picking the Hanshin Tigers as a possible landing destination for Kenji Johjima.  The Softbank Hawks could also be another option, since Johjima basically vowed that if he made a return to Japanese baseball, it would be with the Hawks, the only problem is that the Hawks already have a capable catcher in Hidenori Tanoue.

The Tigers also have internal catcher options in Akihiro Yano and Keisuke Kano, but the team has mentioned on a number of occasions that age (Yano) and inexperience (Kano) were concerns for both of them.  Signing Johjima would address both issues.

As mentioned in another post (as well as the linked to article above), the Tigers would appear to be ready to offer Johjima a multi-year deal worth more than 500M yen per.

=== Updated 10/20/2009 @ 1:53pm JST

Some comments that were picked up by Sponichi from the Hanshin Tigers and Softbank Hawks:

When the Tigers were approached about Johjima, they simply said that they were interested.

Takanori Takeuchi, Hawks' COO, replied, "It's the first I've heard of it.  We'll have to get the scouts involved and discuss what we'd like to do.  We haven't discussed anything up until this point."