Akinobu Mayumi plans on attending the Tigers next meeting with Akihito Fujii (RAK) and said that he'd like to finalize a deal with Fujii as soon as possible. Incidentally, it seems Fujii decided to stay back in Osaka and continue his training until his second meeting with the Tigers.
Toru Hosokawa has received two offers from two clubs (Softbank 4 years @ 500M and Yokohama 2 years @ 200M) and will now sit down with his family to talk things over.
Said Hosokawa, "They both seem very sincere [with their offers]. Family is very important to me. I'd like to discuss this with my family now."
But before he does, he might have on other team to talk to. Nikkan Sports reports that the Orix Buffaloes may try to schedule a meeting with Hosokawa on the 22nd. But the Buffaloes will need to hurry things along as the Hawks may be planning to meet with Hosokawa for a second meeting as early as the 23rd. And Koji Akiyama is planning on attending that meeting. Further, it seems Hosokawa could earn up to 100M yen in incentives.
The Softbank Hawks will also try to meet with Seiichi Uchikawa soon. According to Nikkan Sports, the Hawks may be preparing a 4-year deal with a base yearly salary of around 200M yen, plus up to 100M yen in incentives. And since they got a late start (Hiroshima has already met with Uchikawa), it seems the Hawks may also ask Sadaharu Oh to attend their first meeting.
Kenta Kurihara (HIR) is doing his part to help his club land Uchikawa. Said Kurihara, "He was always a good hitter. He's also got some pop. Our first two players can get on base and that means he'll be able to hit with men in scoring position. Between the two of us, I think we can drive in at least 160 runs."
If Uchikawa signs with Hiroshima, he'll like bat third with Kurihara batting behind him.