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Hanshin Tigers will need to protect players obtained after 11/17

by on Jan.24, 2011 @ 10:04 pm, under NPB

GM Shoji Numasawa told reporters today that the team had contacted the NPB to see if players obtained after the free agent declarations on 11/17 were eligible as compensation picks for the Chiba Lotte Marines.  According to the response they received, players like Akihito Fujii and Ryota Arai (both obtained after 11/17) will be available to the Marines if they are not placed on the team's 28-man protected list (does not include foreign players).

UPDATED 1/25 @ 2:10pm - The NPB replied by saying that every player, other than rookies and foreigners, were eligible to be selected.  The Tigers will need to send their 28-man protected list to the Chiba Lotte Marines within 2 weeks after they officially sign Hiroyuki Kobayashi.