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CL News and Notes: December 8, 2011

by on Dec.09, 2011 @ 1:29 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Masahiro Araki may have signed for 200M yen (no change) yesterday, but when negotiations with the team first began, the team apparently offered him 190M yen.  The Dragons brought the total back up to 200M yen when Araki's agent mentioned the team's championship and how Araki lead the team in batting average.  Said Araki, "It was not really a problem with the salary, I just thought I would be doing the next player a disservice if I took the cut in salary after the team won a championship."

Hanshin Tigers

Tomoyuki Kubota plans on taking Taichi Okazaki when he heads out to Okinawa in January for his workouts -- having Okazaki around will allow Kubota to hold bullpen sessions and give him someone to pitch to.  Kubota got the idea from Atsushi Nomi, who did the same thing with Shiji Komiyama before.

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Minoru Iwata will be working out with Toshiya Sugiuchi again in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima in January.

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Takashi Toritani appeared at a Nike sponsored event on Wednesday.  After the event, he was asked if he heard about Yutaka Wada's plan to bat him fourth.  His reply: "No, it cannot be.  I think there are other batters for that. ... But if they ask...  Where I bat does not matter.  I will swing the bat the way I usually do."

The Nikkan Sports article linked to above also mentions that there were no shortstop that batted fourth this past season.

Toritani also said that he wanted to aim for 20 stolen bases next season.

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Ryuji Wakatake will be working out with Yuki Karakawa (LOT) this winter.

Yomiuri Giants

Takahiro Suzuki visited his alma mater Soma Nakamura Daiichi Elementary School on Thursday and spent some time with about 150 students.

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Hirokazu Sawamura will be a guest on Nippon Hoso's Kiyotaka Nanbara's Sports Dream radio program (12/12 - 12/16 at 5:40pm).

Yakult Swallows

Shinya Miyamoto met with the Swallows on Thursday and agreed on a 200M yen (up 20M yen) salary for the 2012 season.  Miyamoto, who will be in the final year of a two-year deal next year, later said to reporters, "My contract runs out after next year and there is a good chance it will be my last.  I do not know what will happen, but I have thought about quitting if I can no longer play for a number of years now."

Hiroshima Carp

Ryuji Yokoyama will be in the final year of a three year deal next season.  He agreed to a salary of 65M yen (no change) on Thursday.