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Draft News and Notes: November 8, 2010

by on Nov.08, 2010 @ 8:54 pm, under NPB

Yokohama Bay Stars

...agreed to terms with Ichiro Matsushita (Ikusei 1st round) on Sunday.  Contract: 3M yen, 2M yen bonus.

Yomiuri Giants

The players that the Giants drafted visited the Giants player's dorm and Giants Stadium on Sunday.  Seems Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) was impressed with the room in which Hideki Matsui practiced his swing and told reporters he felt he needed to work even harder.  He also said that he'd like to use the room for shadow pitching, if possible.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...agreed to basic terms with Masahiro Inui (3rd round) on Monday.  Contract: 9M yen, bonus 65M yen.

Team owner Hiroji Okoso told reporters on Sunday that he hoped Yuki Saito's (1st round) personality didn't change once he turned pro.  Said Okoso, "Is there such a baseball player with as refreshing a character as [Saito]?  For the sake of the fans, I hope he doesn't change once he turns pro."

Orix Buffaloes

...agreed to basic terms with Masato Fukae (5th round) on Monday.  Contract 5M yen, 5M yen bonus.