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12/8/2011: Takashi Saito, Koji Uehara, Bobby Valentine

by on Dec.08, 2011 @ 3:00 pm, under MLB

Nikkan Sports is reporting that about eight MLB teams are interested in Takashi SaitoSponichi figures about six teams.

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Bobby Valentine hates the Yankees.  He also told reporters on Wednesday that he did not want Daisuke Matsuzaka to worry about any deadlines and to just focus on getting healthy.  Valentine added that after he accept the managerial job with the Boston Red Sox, he tried calling Matsuzaka (and about four other players) but could not get through and had to e-mail him instead.

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MASNsports.com's Roch Kubatko tweets that the Baltimore Orioles are trying to reacquire Koji Uehara.

#orioles are talking to #rangers about reacquiring Koji Uehara. Don't think it would take much these days.

Via Sponichi: MLB.com's Britt Ghiroli goes into a bit more.  A snip:

I wrote earlier this season that Uehara, who was traded to Texas at the July 31 deadline, had expressed a desire to come back to the Orioles, where he still owns a home. And O's executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has made it no secret that the club is trying to upgrade their pitching staff any way they can, with trades being the most likely route.

And MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan mentions that a number of teams, including the Boston Red Sox, are interested in Uehara.

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Nikkan Sports and Sponichi are getting excited over the possibility of seeing Munenori Kawasaki batting lead-off and Ichiro Suzuki batting third.

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Sponichi notes that the Arizona Diamondbacks may have offered Hiroki Kuroda a one-year deal.

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Tsuyoshi Wada told reporters on Tuesday that he plans on working out in Japan this winter instead of heading overseas.

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