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Yomiuri Giants add Jin Nakatani, Yoshihito Ishii, and Takaya Kobayashi

by on Dec.06, 2011 @ 5:05 pm, under NPB

According to Sponichi, the Yomiuri Giants are close to finalizing contracts with former Rakuten Eagle Jin Nakatani (32) and former Seibu Lion Yoshihito Ishii (33).

The Giants see Nakatani as a possible replacement for the departing Kazunari Tsuruoka.  Regarding Ishii, they like that he can play first and third and feel he can provide the team with a left-handed presence off the bench.

UPDATE @ 5:28pm - Daily Sports is reporting the Giants held a press conference to introduce Nakatani and Ishii today.  Nakatani was assigned the number 58, Ishii the number 33.

UPDATE @ 9:21pm - The Giants also signed former Chunichi Dragon Ikusei Takaya Kobayashi (27) to an Ikusei deal today.

The Giants have posted an announcement on all three deals at their official website.

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2011 Season - Jin Nakatani

Level G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG SLG OBP
Ichi-gun 11 23 22 1 2 0 0 1 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 9 0 .091 .227 .091
Ni-gun 27 58 41 5 12 1 0 0 13 7 1 0 11 2 3 0 1 11 0 .293 .317 .340

2011 Season - Yoshihito Ishii

Level G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG SLG OBP
Ichi-gun 12 20 19 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 .105 .105 .150
Ni-gun 79 286 233 31 74 10 2 3 97 22 3 0 1 2 48 1 2 31 3 .318 .416 .435

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