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1/5/2012: Hideki Matsui, Hiroki Kuroda, Kei Igawa

by on Jan.05, 2012 @ 11:26 am, under NPB

Hideki Matsui visited his alma mater Seiryo High School on Wednesday.

Matsui is also not thinking about a return to Japan this year.  When asked about 2013, he said he was only thinking about 2012 right now.

His old high school coach, Tomoshige Yamashita, told reporters on Wednesday that he felt Matsui could play at least another three years in the Majors.

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FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal posted the following update on Hiroki Kuroda:

Multiple executives say they were told by the agent for Hiroki Kuroda that the free-agent right-hander will get between $11 million and $13 million per year. A source close to Kuroda says no such claim was made.

Kuroda, who turns 37 on Feb. 10, may have received an offer at that level from a Japanese club or a major-league team that does not interest him. His representative continues to circle back to other major-league teams, sources say.

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Sponichi is reporting that the Rakuten Eagles will be going after Kei IgawaSponichi also notes that Igawa has been working out in Los Angeles since November -- trunk strengthening exercises during the day and long distance throwing in the afternoon.

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Nikkan Sports reports that Norichika Aoki will head to the US today (1/5) and will begin his workouts with the Milwaukee Brewers on 1/8.

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FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal tweets that it seems unlikely that the New York Yankees and Hiroyuki Nakajima will be able to complete a deal by Friday @ 5pm EST.

The YES Networks' Jack Curry notes that unless Nakajima is willing to accept a one-year deal, it is not likely that he will be playing for the Yanks this year.

And CBS Sports' Jon Heyman mentions that Nakajima is seeking a multi-year deal worth a couple million a year.

2 comments on “1/5/2012: Hideki Matsui, Hiroki Kuroda, Kei Igawa

  1. Steve

    I think Ken Rosenthal is just wildly speculating again.

    “Kuroda, who turns 37 on Feb. 10, may have received an offer at that level from a Japanese club or a major-league team that does not interest him.”

    He thinks Kuroda got an offer here that was twice as much as the highest paid NPB player last year?

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