Kazuo Matsui and Akinori Iwamura worked out separately on Friday. Matsui told reporters that there were a lot of things he still didn't know and that he wanted to get to know the other players as soon as possible so that he can ask them questions. Iwamura said that baseball can't be played by one player alone and that it was his goal to help pull the team together as one.
Iwamura is also currently testing three different bats: two lengths of 33.5 inches and 34 inches and weighing between 900 and 920 grams.
Wataru Karashima is hoping to improve his stamina and conditioning during the winter.
"I'd like to see team stolen bases increase 2-3 times over this season. I'm planning on having 2-3 [of the faster] players run on their own without any signs from me," said Hoshino.
The Eagles finished the year with 78 stolen bases, which was second to last in the PL.
The closing candidates the Eagles are currently looking at appear to be players that have / had experience pitching at the triple-A level. And while the team would ideally like to decide on one player by March, they're giving themselves until May, at the very latest.
A little more on the sponsor's meeting that Hoshino attended on Friday: 7 sponsors attended the meeting that lasted about 2 hours. Hoshino also suggested that the club start using the full name for Kleenex Stadium instead of K-Sta.