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Hisanobu Watanabe: we need a lefty reliever

by on Oct.13, 2010 @ 3:56 pm, under NPB

Hisanobu Watanabe is apparently asking that the team focus on obtaining a left-handed reliever for the 2011 season.  Lefty relievers the Lions hoped to rely on, like Alex Graman, Kimiyasu Kudo, and Tomoki Hoshino all faltered this season.  And of those three, only Hoshino is most likely to return next season -- Kudo will be released and Graman's status is still unknown.

4 comments on “Hisanobu Watanabe: we need a lefty reliever

  1. Jim

    If Seibu was counting on Kudoh as their left-handed specialist, then they had a serious problem to begin with. Graman can’t seem to get healthy, and Hoshino has been unreliable the last two seasons. The real question is, who is on the market?

    1. Gen Post author

      Not really sure just how much the Lions were actually counting on Kudo, Graman, and Hoshino, but I’m guessing they were hoping that at least one of them would be serviceable this year.

      This could potentially be a busy (and interesting) off-season for the Lions.

  2. Blacklabel

    I am gonna play fortune teller and throw a name out there. How about Cedrick Bowers, who used to play for Baystars a few years ago? He was a starter in Japan, but is now a pretty good lefthanded reliever in AAA. He got called up to Oakland A’s for a little while this year but just having a hard time to find his place in MLB. Returning to Japan would be a good fit for him I think.

    1. Gen Post author

      Having prior experience in the NPB is a big plus I think. And you’re right, Bowers played for the Bay Stars for two years (2004-2005) and actually did alright. He then signed with the Rakuten Eagles in 2006 and had a number of problems that kept him from pitching at Ichi-gun.

      He could be an interesting pick-up for an NPB team.

      For those curious, his BREF page: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bowerce01.shtml

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