It appears as though the Yomiuri Giants are leaning towards using Michihiro Ogasawara at first full-time next season and that the fight for third could come down to Taishi Ota and Yoshiyuki Kamei. Other positions up in the air: second, center, and right.
Jumpei Ono will be heading to Australia to take part in the Australian Baseball League beginning on the 23rd (he'll be playing for the Melbourne Aces). Ono is scheduled to stay in Australia until early January, when he'll join Tetsuya Utsumi for training in Guam.
Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi will be selling gold Giabbit figure, that stands 10cm high, weighs 1kg, and holds a 2.55 karat diamond, for 10.5M yen. The figure will be put on public display beginning on December 26 and will go on sale on January 1.
Mitsukoshi will also be selling two other versions of the figure without a diamond: gold (8.8M yen) and silver (88,000 yen).