The Softbank Hawks are apparently looking into possible FAs Seiichi Uchikawa (YOK) and Takeshi Hidaka (ORI).
The Hawks like Uchikawa because he can play both first and the outfield. With Hiroki Kokubo turning 39 in October, the Hawks may need someone to help spell Kokubo next season. And with rumors that Hitoshi Tamura will be testing the international FA waters, the club may also need an outfielder.
And while Hidaka only played in 79 games this season, they feel he might be able to bring some stability to their catching situation.