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Around the NPB Horn: Rhodes to become a free agent?

by on Nov.29, 2009 @ 8:03 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...35,500 people showed up for Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday.

Orix Buffaloes

...The Buffaloes is likely not included Tuffy Rhodes on their list of protected players.  That means he'll likely become a free agent come December 1st.

According to Sports Hochi, the Buffaloes last offer to Rhodes was 250M yen, a drop of 100M yen from this past season.  While Rhodes did have a fairly solid season, the Buffaloes feel he deserves a cut in salary because his season totals weren't what they were expecting out of him.  Rhodes feels the cut is too severe because his numbers were only hampered due to an injury he suffered.

Yakult Swallows

...For the first time in his career, Yoshinori will be heading off to Arizona sometime after January 11, 2010 to train during the off-season.

Yomiuri Giants

...The Giants are hoping to get back into TV commercials.  The last Giant to be in a national commercial was Kazuhiro Kiyohara in 2003.