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Buffaloes concerned about Goto, Cabrera leaving?

by on Sep.29, 2010 @ 6:23 pm, under NPB

The Orix Buffaloes apparently caught wind that a team (or teams) might be interested in signing Alex Cabrera and Mitsutaka Goto.

Akinobu Okada wasn't too pleased, saying that while he didn't know what other clubs were up to, now wasn't the right time to start talking about going after another team's player (at least not so much that it leaks out to the public).

Cabrera finished out a 2-year deal this year and is technically a free agent.  He has also expressed an interest in playing in Japan next season and has yet to hear anything from the Buffaloes.

Goto earned his domestic FA option in August and while he hasn't really said anything about his plans for next season, the Buffaloes consider him an important part of the team.

4 comments on “Buffaloes concerned about Goto, Cabrera leaving?

  1. JasonP

    Hmm…a little cut & edit…

    “Rhodes finished out a 2-year deal this year and is technically a free agent. He has also expressed an interest in playing in Japan next season and has yet to hear anything from the Buffaloes.”

    Sounds familiar! Tuffy could STILL probably come back and hit them 35 home runs.

    1. Gen Post author

      What I find interesting is that during the pre-season, almost every report on Cabrera was about how he was taking some of the younger players under his wing, like Baldiris and T-Okada, and giving them advice on how to drive the ball.

      Then towards the end of the season, the media begins to portray him in a negative light — like being disruptive during batting practice or pouting because he wasn’t getting his way.

      What I’d like to know is was the media / Orix setting up Cabrera for a fall? Or was he legitimately being a problem?

      In either case, the Buffaloes sort of have their reason to part ways with Cabrera.

  2. JasonP

    I think Orix current strategy is to capture and hold sole possession of last place, and any players or coaches who threaten that objective shall face the smear campaign and be released.

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