It looks like the Hanshin Tigers may be entering the final stages of negotiations with Randy Messenger and Brad Thomas. The two pitchers will likely be relied upon as replacements for Scott Atchison and Jeff Williams.
The Tigers will be sending their International liaison to the States this week to hammer out an extension with Craig Brazell, and then to have a sit down with Messenger. Afterward, their International liaison will hurry off to Australia to meet with Thomas.
If everything goes according to the Tigers' plans, the two pitchers could be signed and sealed within the week.