Tanaka: "I don't want to be inconsiderate of Iwakuma's feelings, but for me and for the team, [having him around next year] is big. He is our ace and whenever we pitch in the same series, I always take notes."
Shima: "I know he'll be able to win 10-15 games. I think we'd also have a chance to win it all, so I'd do my best to play with him."
Hoshino: "I can't really be 100% happy until I hear it from the club, but I was in the middle of trying to figure out how to replace a [double-digit-win] pitcher."