According to Nikkan Sports, the Tigers may be preparing a 3-year deal worth a total 250M yen. Toru HosokawaYoshiyuki Ishihara (SEI) and (HIR) apparently aren't under consideration because both are looking for full-time starting jobs.
The Hanshin Tigers will apparently begin looking into potential free agent Akihito Fujii (RAK). Seems the team isn't confident that Kenji Jojima will be ready in time for the start of the season and have selected Fujii as a possible fill-in. Director of baseball operations, Masahiro Kuroda, is expected to meet with club president Nobuo Minami and club GM Shoji Numazawa today to discuss the situation in more detail.