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Free Agents Quick Notes: November 19, 2010 (UPDATE 1)

by on Nov.19, 2010 @ 1:23 pm, under NPB

The Hanshin Tigers will be meeting Akihito Fujii (RAK) again on the 22nd.  Nikkan Sports seems to think an agreement between the two sides could be reached that day.


The Softbank Hawks feel good about their chances of landing Toru Hosokawa (SEI).  For the their first meeting, the Hawks presented Hosokawa with a message from Sadaharu Oh that asked him to become the club's version of Motonobu Tanishige and suggested that his hitting abilities still had room to grow (this is in addition to the 4 year, 500M yen offer).

The Hawks also plan to have Koji Akiyama attend the next round of negotiations.

As of yesterday, Hosokawa was scheduled to meet with the Yokohama Bay Stars today.

4 comments on “Free Agents Quick Notes: November 19, 2010 (UPDATE 1)

  1. Steve

    I think I am missing the point of the Hawks chasing Hosokawa. Tanoue is a much better offensive player (26 HRs in 09!) and obviously can handle premier pitching.

    Why would they want to spend so much money to replace Tanoue?

    1. Gen Post author

      From some of the things I’ve read, it seems the Hawks are a little concerned about Tanoue’s defense (specifically his throwing arm), in addition to his bat.

      What’s odd though, is that they were so hard set on Tanoue and Yamazaki last season that they passed on Jojima and now after just 1 year, they’re suddenly going after Hosokawa?

      Doesn’t really seem to make much sense.

  2. Tim

    I think one of the reason is the fact that Hosokawa blasted 2 grand slams and a 3-run homer (off Sugiuchi, Wada and Yang) in a 3-game serie last season quite impressed them.

    But yes, no point for this move since those are the only great moments of Hosokawa in the whole season. They should have focused on keeping Tamura, pursuing Uchikawa and find another righthanded starting pitcher. The combination of Yamazaki and Tanoue is just fine. They also have Yamashita (1st draft this year), for the record.

  3. Jim

    You can’t have it both ways with the Hawks’ catching staff. Yamazaki is all glove no bat, and you never know what you’ll get out of Tanoue. I agree with the Hawks going after Hosokawa, but they also need more help pitching and hitting-wise. They should open the wallets more for Tamura and also try to get Uchikawa, not to mention they need a right-handed starter in the worst way.

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