It seems the Softbank Hawks are interested in Hiroki Kuroda. Outside of Toshiya Sugiuchi and Tsuyoshi Wada, the Hawks didn't have much luck in their starting rotation this year. The club apparently feels that Kuroda would be able to provide some stability to the middle of the rotation and the fact that he's right-handed, makes him even more attractive to the team (since both Sugiuchi and Wada are left-handed).
Speaking after an event at Kyushu Sangyo University in Fukuoka, Hawks' chairperson Sadaharu Oh told reporters that he felt the club needed to go out an find foreign player with lots of pop. While the Hawks were able to clobber 134 homers during the regular season (good for third), they hit none during the Final Stage of the Climax Series.
"The problem is becoming more obvious," said Oh. "The older players [on our club] have power, but the younger players don't."
Nagisa Arakaki (trying to make his way back from right shoulder inflammation that developed in 2009) is apparently hoping to hold a bullpen session once every other day and throw anywhere from 50 to 100 pitches per session. That could mean over 2,000 pitches before spring camp even begins.