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Chunichi willing to wait on Chen; Orix preparing the #29 for Igawa; Rakuten open to players leaving for the Majors

by on Dec.27, 2011 @ 11:05 am, under NPB

According to Nikkan Sports, the Chunichi Dragons are apparently willing to wait on Wei-Ying Chen for as long as necessary.

"We have not given [Chen] any deadlines," said chief of team development, Takashi Ide.  "We plan on contacting his agent once before the end of the year."

Nikkan Sports also mentions the Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Washington Nationals as teams interested in Chen.

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Sanspo mentions that the Orix Buffaloes are prepared to give Kei Igawa the number 29.  It is the same number he wore when he played for the Hanshin Tigers and New York Yankees.

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The media has started murmuring about when Masahiro Tanaka will decide he wants to play in the Majors.  News reports this morning say that he mentioned nothing about wanting to play in the Majors during salary negotiations on Monday.  However, when reporters asked Rakuten Eagles team rep Jun Yoneda what would happen if Tanaka wanted to head to the Majors either via posting or through FA, he replied, "This would be assuming [Tanaka] asked, but that is a player right.  But this is not just about Tanaka, this is about all our core players."

In November, Tanaka told Sanspo that making it to the Majors was not his primary goal for playing baseball.

UPDATE 12/28 @ 12:10pm - It appears Sanspo (where the quote was taken from) is getting a little heat from Yoneda because they took some things he said and made it sound as if he was ok about Tanaka heading to the Majors (assuming that was what he wanted).  Yoneda clarified that he never said he was ok with it and that Tanaka was a very important player to the team.

3 comments on “Chunichi willing to wait on Chen; Orix preparing the #29 for Igawa; Rakuten open to players leaving for the Majors

  1. Steve

    I would be surprised if Chen wanted to come back to Chunichi given how roughly they have treated him and his dreams in recent years. Is he actually considering staying with them, I wonder?

    1. Gen Post author

      Yeah, I can’t really see Chen returning to the Dragons either.

      Unless…

      Chen had a decent season last year, but he seemed a bit off. I could see him return for another year if he doesn’t get the kind of deal he thinks he deserves.

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