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Around the NPB Horn: Baldiris joins the Orix Buffaloes

by on Dec.01, 2009 @ 11:49 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...The Tigers will likely pick the situations with which they use Shinjiro Hiyama and Mitsunobu Takahashi a little more carefully next season and not rely solely on a lefty / righty platoon.

"This season, we primarily used Hiyama against righties and Takahashi against lefties.  Next season, I'd like to try and think a little more about the pitcher on the mound and decide which to use based on past performances.  We need to create a formula for that," said Akinobu Mayumi.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Masataka Nashida is looking into purchase some Nippon Ham stock.

...The Fighters added Shugo Fujii to their list of protected players at the very last minute.  But nothing doing as the move was just something they were required to do by the NPB.

Orix Buffaloes

...Aarom Baldiris signed a deal with the Orix Buffaloes on Monday.  Baldiris received offers from other clubs, but he ultimately decided he wanted to play under Akinobu Okada again and signed with the Buffaloes.

An announcement will likely be made sometime soon.

Softbank Hawks

...Tsuyoshi Wada signed a management contract with Sony Music Artist on Monday.  It's the first time that Sony has signed a sports player to a management contract.

Under the contract, Wada will likely also work with music artists in various projects.

Yakult Swallows

...The Swallows re-signed Ryosuke Morioka to a contract worth 11.5M yen (up 2.5M yen) on Monday.

...Shigeru Takada was not present at Atsushi Fujimoto's press conference on Monday due to inflammation in his left wrist.  Takada was originally supposed to attend the event to put a Swallows cap on Fujimoto's head.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Hitoshi Fujie will be working out with Hideo Nomo during the off-season.

Yomiuri Giants

...The Giants could be announcing a deal with Masahide Kobayashi as early as today.

...Yoshiyuki Kamei is hoping to spend his entire 2010 season in right field.


...Released by the Chiba Lotte Marines, Koji Takagi (P) has decided to retired at the age of 41.  Takagi originally wanted to return to baseball and attended the 12-team tryouts, but with no offers, he decided to call it quits.