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12/7/2011: Hideki Matsui, Ryota Igarashi, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Dec.07, 2011 @ 2:33 pm, under MLB, NPB

Nikkan Sports reports that the Toronto Blue Jays may have submitted a bid on Hiroyuki Nakajima.

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According to Nikkan Sports, Bob Melvin dined with Hideki Matsui in New York twice so far during the off-season -- first to a sushi restaurant and then to an Italian restaurant.  They also mention that the Oakland A's could be open to re-signing Matsui at the right price.

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The Hanshin Tigers are willing to wait until March for Ryota Igarashi to decide where he will play next year.

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Via Nikkan Sports - Eric Wedge is not sure if Ichiro Suzuki will continue to bat lead-off next season.  A snip from an MLB.com article by Greg Johns:

Wedge indicated on Tuesday in his meeting with the media at the Winter Meetings that Ichiro's role could indeed be changing after 11 seasons almost exclusively as the club's leadoff hitter.

"I'm still not sure where I'm going to hit him in the order, and I want him to understand that," Wedge said. "Because ultimately I'm going to do what is best for our club. I'm going to put out the best nine in the order I see fit to score as many runs as we can.

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"He told me last year in the middle of the season that he wants to do whatever is best for the ballclub and he wants me to do whatever I feel is best for the ballclub," Wedge said. "I take him at his word, and that's what I'm going to do. He's been tremendous -- he's been communicative with me, and I appreciate that. We're looking to build a winner and championship club, here and that's my entire focus."