The Softbank Hawks could end up losing three front-line starting pitchers this winter. In response to this, team director Itaru Kobayashi told reporters on Wednesday that securing pitchers was a priority.
On Kazuyuki Hoashi: "He is a player from the area; he makes the starting rotation every season and consistently puts up good numbers. We know he is a good pitcher."
On Toshiya Sugiuchi: "We felt we gave him our best offer, but it was not enough. We will discuss internally what to do next."
The Hawks are rumored to have offered Sugiuchi a four-year deal worth 1.6B yen and a one-year deal worth 450M yen.
On D.J. Houlton: "We will continue to negotiate with him. We have also agreed to meet one more time in December, after he has spoken to other teams. ... He will probably go to the team with the best offer."
The Hawks are rumored to have offered Houlton a 2-year deal worth a total of around 600M yen.
UPDATE 12/2 @ 12:46am - Kobayashi's comments regarding Hoashi on Thursday: "He is a player we want. We will contact him as soon as possible. He is the type of pitcher that can become a mainstay in the rotation."