Akinobu Mayumi is apparently planning on using Matt Murton primarily out of the lead-off spot next season and batting Takashi Toritani in the 3-hole. Said Mayumi, "When [Murton] batted first he was aggressive, but when he batted third [with runners on base] he was thinking about driving runs in and things fell off a bit for him."
It seems the Tigers will give Kosuke Kato a tryout. The tryout will take place in Kochi where fall camp is currently taking place. The Tigers are looking at Kato as a left-handed option out of the pen.
The Hanshin Tigers met with Tomoaki Kanemoto, Kentaro Sekimoto, and Yuya Ando earlier today and none were able to commit.