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Shinya Sakai: Tigers will be aggressive in obtaining new players?

by on Oct.25, 2010 @ 9:26 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers' owner Shinya Sakai apparently made the following statement to reporters yesterday:

We'll go after every player the Yomiuri Giants are targeting.  Please write it like that [in the papers].  It isn't like we have money to burn, but we will pay out whatever that's needed [in order to win].

It's just a sound bite in the middle of October, and parts of it are likely in jest, so who knows how serious it is, but it's something to consider.  And even if the Tigers don't actually sign anyone the Giants are interested in, it could drive up the prices for players the Giants do sign, which in the end may be just as good as signing players away from the Giants.