...The Dragons announced that they will not be offering a contract to Nelson Payano for the 2010 season and released him. Payano went 2-1 in 34 games and finished with a 2.08 ERA this past season.
...Masahiro Tanaka and Kohei Hasebe took off for training in Guam from Narita airport today.
They bumped into Ryuji Miyade at the airport. Miyade is also heading out for Guam, but with his family and for vacation purposes.
Yokohama Bay Stars
...The Bay Stars announced that they signed former Softbank Hawk Takayuki Shinohara to a contract worth 12M yen plus incentives.
...Hayato Sakamoto celebrated his 21st birthday on Monday in Australia. Reporters covering the Giants presented Sakamoto with a birthday cake.
Sakamoto plans on spending the rest of the year training at the Kawasaki training grounds after he returns with the team on the 16th.