Sponichi is reporting that the Yakult Swallows continue their hunt to find a foreign bat that can contribute immediately. One of their international scouts is already in the US trying to find a replacement. In the meantime, it appears the Swallows will also look into other options, such as swapping out their coaches or pulling off a trade.
While I do agree that it's early in the season and that in baseball, you need to take a look at the bigger picture, at what point has enough time passed where it isn't too soon anymore, and you can still pull the trigger on a deal that could potentially change the course of the season?
And assuming you sign a foreign player, you have to take into consideration the time it takes for them to be "game ready." And that includes the time to secure a visa, actually fly over to Japan, and then play a few games at Ni-gun. All that could take anywhere from 2-4 weeks.
If you wait two months before making a move, then it means your foreign player probably won't be joining the team until late June, or early July. That's close to halfway through the season.
So is two months still too soon?
Where do you draw the line?