Akinobu Okada's thoughts on the Softbank Hawks' addition of Alex Cabrera:
A stronger team with Cabrera? But there's a lot of overlap. It means a player like [Nobuhiko] Matsunaka won't be able to play. I wonder if that means [Hiroki] Kokubo becomes a DH. ... If the pitcher is any good, he won't be able to hit that well. Teams that rely on offense hardly ever win.
Okada was also asked how Cabrera leaving might affect players like Aarom Baldiris and Francisco Caraballo. His response:
They didn't like hitting with him. Their biggest problem might be losing someone [that treats them to dinner]. ... Baldiris and Caraballo have a good feel for Japanese thinking. Their attitude / approach is different. Cabrera is a hired gun (suketto). Kind of like he's here in Japan just to make money.
The Buffaloes announced the following uniform number changes: Kazuki Kondo from 65 to 11; Hikaru Ito from 61 to 54; Keisuke Kaneko from 54 to 6; and Hisao Arakane from 50 to 31.
The Buffaloes also announced the front office additions / changes:
Motoyuki Akahori - chief of Ikusei group (球団本部管理部育成グループ育成担当)
Masanobu Okubo - corporate business group (事業本部営業第３部地域営業グループ)
Hideo Furuya - domestic player development, chief scout (球団本部編成部国内グループ長)
Takuma Nito - advance scout auditor (球団本部管理部査定・スコアラーグループ)
Terumitsu Kumano - retiring as assistant chief of player development, effective 12/31 (球団本部編成部副部長兼国内グループ長)