The Orix Buffaloes have joined the Yokohama Bay Stars as teams with interest in Kuznari Tsuruoka's (34) services and are expected to meet with him today. An Orix rep told reporters on Sunday they are trying to strengthen their catching situation (they went through seven catchers) and were interested in getting Tsuruoka's opinions.
On Sunday, Tsuruoka said to reporters, "I received a phone call. There are two teams, one is from the [Pacific League]. I will meet with them tomorrow. ... The biggest thing for me is how much a team needs me because I want more playing time."