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Ryota Igarashi gets an offer, Matsuzaka returns to the US for training

by on Dec.09, 2009 @ 9:03 am, under MLB

It seems Ryota Igarashi received an offer.  According to Sponichi, the offer was a 1-year deal.

The Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, and Baltimor Orioles are all rumored to be interested in Igarashi.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka flew out of Narita Airport on Tuesday to return to the US to begin his training at Athletes Performance Institute (API) in Arizona.  He'll spend about a week at API before spending the rest of the year with his family.  He will then return to API in early January to train for another month and a half.

Matsuzaka intends on being 100% ready for Spring Training.

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Koji Uehara visited some kids that recently underwent bone marrow transplants at a Tokai University Hospital in Isehara City on Tuesday and said that he felt Japanese players still weren't doing in enough, in comparison to players in the Majors.  Shun Tono and Daisuke Ochi accompanied Uehara on his visit to the hospital.

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Takashi Saito returned to Japan on Tuesday and said that he was looking forward to playing for the Braves and working the back of the bullpen along with Billy Wagner.

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Hisasnori Takahashi will be working on his English as he trains and waits for potential suitors to show interest in his services.  He plans on using a CD program called Speed Learning (endorsed by pro golfer Ryo Ishikawa) to help him study.

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And while this doesn't have any to do with Hideki Matsui directly, it could play an important role in what the Yankees decide to do with him.

On Tuesday, the Yanks pulled off a major 3-way trade that netted them 29-year-old outfielder, Curtis Granderson.  And based on early reports after the trade, it seems more likely that the Yanks will try to keep Johnny Damon over Matsui.

The White Sox and Angels apparently have the most interest in Matsui right now.