Sponichi reports that the Rakuten Eagles will be giving 31-year-old RHP Byung-Hyun Kim a tryout during spring camp next year. Kim took a tryout with the club between 11/16 - 11/17 at Kleenex Stadium but didn't really impress the club (his pitches were clocked in the 130km/h range). But since Senichi Hoshino wasn't present at the tryout, they decided to give him another shot (apparently at the request of Hoshino).
The report continues that there was an article filed with Sports Seoul that said the two sides were actually close to agreeing on a 1-year deal worth US$1M (or about 84M yen). In response to this claim, Eagles' rep Jun Yoneda said he had nothing to say other than that there was no progress.