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12/3/2010: Hideki Okajima, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hisanori Takahashi

by on Dec.03, 2010 @ 12:33 pm, under MLB

Hisanori Takahashi has signed a 2-year deal with the Angels.

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As mentioned yesterday, Hiroyuki Kobayashi has not received any word from his agent, Alan Nero.  And Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who was with Kobayashi yesterday in Osaka for this year's Pro Yakyu Sports Festival told reporters that nothing was decided yet, not even a visit to the US.  He also re-iterated that he was leaving everything to his agent.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka returned to Japan on Thursday.  He apparently already started his training (2 weeks earlier than last year) and was going Fenway Park 3 times a week for workouts.  Matsuzaka has even started throwing already.

Said Matsuzaka, "Unlike last season, I'm focusing on strengthening my lower body.  I've hardly done any weight-training for my upper body.  I'm doing mostly balance-type exercises right now."

Matsuzaka will also be appearing in a college English textbook entitled "Green Life and Business."  The book will be used by around 100 college students next spring.

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According to ESPN (via Nikkan Sports), the Boston Red Sox will not be tendering a contract to Hideki OkajimaA snip:

By not tendering Okajima a contract, he becomes a free agent. The Sox could still attempt to sign him, but with left-handed relievers at a premium, Okajima is likely to draw interest, even though his performance in 2010 was his worst in four seasons with the Sox.

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A nontender from Boston would not push Okajima to go elsewhere, Rosen said.

A separate Nikkan Sports report mentions that Okajima is open to a return to Japan.  He just wants to play for a team that wants him.

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Koji Uehara posted two messages at his blog with pictures near where he lives.  One of them is entitled, "I might not be coming here anymore..." and the other, "Moving Day."  The Moving Day blog post mentions that Uehara had to move out of his apartment because his agreement ran out in November.  (via Nikkan Sports)

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Bobby Valentine will be joining the ESPN broadcast booth next season for Sunday Night Baseball. (via Nikkan Sports)