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Around the NPB Horn: Kobayashi the Marines’ new closer?

by on Nov.18, 2009 @ 10:33 pm, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...The Marines will likely convert Hiroyuki Kobayashi into a closer for next season.  Kobayashi is 2 years removed from his last double-digit win season.

...The Marines are interested in signing Hidetaka Kawagoe (P), Akichika Yamada (P), and Naoki Motoba (C).  They have also expressed an interest in signing Bryan Corey (P) and Bill Murphy (P).

There was an earlier report that the Atlanta Braves were interested in Kawagoe go as well.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Masataka Nashida didn't know Yu Darvish had a fractured finger until he read about it in the papers.

Orix Buffaloes

...The Buffaloes have made a posting on their website asking for fans to submit their ideas for Takahiro Okada's nickname.  This is the name that will be used for the player registry.

Rakuten Eagles

...The Eagles announced that Marcus Gwyn and Matt Childers will not be returning to the club next season.

Seibu Lions

...The Lions announced that Tetsuya Iwasaki's 2010 uniform number will be 25 (from 35).

Yomiuri Giants

...The Giants re-signed a total 8 players on Wednesday, including the aforementioned Hidetoshi Tsuburaya and Yuki Furukawa.  One of the other remaining 6 is Tomoya Inzen; he re-signed a contract worth 8.6M yen (down 1M yen).  Inzen suffered a fractured left wrist this season.