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Nikkan Sports: Tigers preparing the number 41 for Hiroyuki Kobayashi

by on Jan.13, 2011 @ 2:40 pm, under MLB, NPB

Hiroyuki Kobayashi may have said that he's going to wait until the end of the month for an MLB offer, but the Hanshin Tigers are continuing to move ahead with their plans to put together a deal that Kobayashi won't be able to refuse, should he decide to give on the Majors.

As of now, and according to Nikkan Sports, it appears the Tigers are preparing a deal multi-year deal (2 or more years) that will likely have a base yearly salary that's at least 170M yen (the amount he made last season).  They're also thinking about giving him the number 41, the same number he wore with the Chiba Lotte Marines.