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Hanshin Tigers to acquire three foreigners this off-season?

by on Nov.03, 2009 @ 6:51 am, under NPB

It seems as though the Hanshin Tigers will be going looking to grab three foreigners for their team this off-season.

"We'll be looking to bring in three foreign pitchers.  This is especially important because [Jeff] Williams and [Scott] Atchison won't be returning.  We want some of the same quality, or better," said Akinobu Mayumi.

He added, "Maybe 1 starter and 2 relievers?  Probably."

List of possible candidates:

Joseph Albert "Jo-Jo" Reyes (Atlanta Braves) Baseball Cube

Wilfred Ledezma Baseball Cube

Bob Keppel (Minnesota Twins) Baseball Cube

Juan Morillo (Minnesota Twins) Baseball Cube

The Hanshin Tigers are still interested in Matt Thornton of the Chicago White Sox, but it seems as though they've realized he'll be tough to get.

=== UPDATE 12:27pm JST

The Tigers also appear to be interested in:

Brad Thomas (KBO - Hanwha Eagles) Baseball Cube

Adrian Burnside (formerly with Yomiuri Giants) Baseball Cube