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Giants and Buffaloes work out a trade: Yasunari Takagi for Hiroshi Kisanuki

by on Dec.04, 2009 @ 10:08 am, under NPB

The Yomiuri Giants and Orix Buffaloes are apparently working on a trade that would send Hiroshi Kisanuki to the Buffaloes for Yasunari Takagi.

The Giants are in the process of trying to bolster their pitching staff and feel that another left-handed pitcher will bring them one step closer to fulfilling that goal, while the Buffaloes are looking for more depth in the rotation and in the relief core from the right-side.

If talks continue along smoothly, an official announcement could be made some time today.

Hiroshi Kisanuki

Year Team G W L SV CG BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2003 Yomiuri 25 10 7 0 7 736 175.0 168 18 44 7 180 6 1 74 65 3.34 1.21
2004 Yomiuri 31 7 8 5 2 643 139.2 168 20 50 11 154 1 0 92 78 5.03 1.56
2005 Yomiuri 14 0 1 5 0 56 13.2 13 1 3 0 17 0 0 6 6 3.95 1.17
2006 Yomiuri 3 0 3 0 0 54 10.1 24 3 2 0 7 0 0 11 11 9.58 2.52
2007 Yomiuri 26 12 9 0 0 613 148.2 144 17 35 0 131 1 0 60 51 3.09 1.20
2008 Yomiuri 14 6 5 0 1 318 74.0 87 15 19 1 53 3 0 36 34 4.14 1.43
2009 Yomiuri 1 0 0 0 0 12 2.2 4 2 0 0 2 0 0 3 3 10.13 1.50
Totals 114 35 33 10 10 2432 564.0 608 76 153 19 544 11 1 282 248 3.96 1.35

Yasunari Takagi

Year Team G W L SV CG BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2001 Kintetsu 5 1 0 0 0 35 6.1 12 1 4 0 6 1 0 10 10 14.21 2.53
2002 Kintetsu 27 3 3 0 0 257 63.1 49 3 17 4 61 4 0 19 18 2.56 1.04
2004 Kintetsu 19 2 7 0 0 283 64.2 54 7 38 3 42 2 0 35 35 4.87 1.42
2005 Orix 8 1 3 0 0 80 17.1 20 5 11 1 11 2 0 12 12 6.23 1.79
2006 Orix 21 0 1 0 0 88 19.2 23 2 8 0 19 0 0 7 7 3.20 1.58
2007 Orix 54 4 3 0 0 226 55.0 48 3 18 1 47 2 0 18 16 2.62 1.20
2008 Orix 10 1 2 0 0 70 15.1 21 3 3 1 8 0 0 16 15 8.80 1.57
2009 Orix 6 1 2 0 0 89 20.0 18 1 14 0 4 0 0 12 11 4.95 1.60
Totals 150 13 21 0 0 1128 261.2 245 25 113 10 198 11 0 129 124 4.26 1.37

=== UPDATE 2:53pm JST

Doesn't really have anything to do with the trade specifically, but it appears as though Yasunari Takagi has plans to get married to a Hiromi Kanesawa (sp? - 金沢宏美).  The wedding ceremony is to take place in a hotel in Osaka on the 12th.

The two have been dating since they met in December 2006 through a common friend.

I guess the question is, is this a good surprise, or a bad surprise for Takagi and his soon to be wife?

=== UPDATE 11:03pm JST

The deal was officially announced earlier today.

Takagi's new uniform number will be 13.  No word on what Kisanuku's new number will be as of yet.

=== UPDATE 12/7/2009 9:31am JST

The Buffaloes assigned Kisanuki the number 12.

=== UPDATE 8:46pm JST

The Giants held a press conference to introduce Takagi on Monday.  The Giants also signed Takagi to a contract worth 24M yen.

=== UPDATE 12/9/2009 1:32am JST

The Buffaloes held their press conference for Kisanuki on Tuesday.

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