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1/17/2012: Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Jan.18, 2012 @ 10:16 am, under MLB

Hideki Matsui met with Mizuno on Tuesday to talk about the equipment he will be using in 2012.  One of the changes Matsui is said to have requested: shaving down an area three centimeters away from the bat handle about one millimeter to make it 37.5 millimeters.

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Nikkan Sports notes that the Cininnati Reds are probably no longer interested in Kosuke Fukudome since they signed Ryan Ludwick.

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Ichiro Suzuki worked out indoors for about two hours at Hotto Motto Kobe on Tuesday.

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Wei-Ying Chen officially announced that he was leaving the Chunichi Dragons in order to begin a career in the Majors during a press conference at the team's offices on Tuesday.

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The Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson confirmed earlier reports from Sponichi that Arn Tellem and Don Nomura arrived in Texas on Monday.

The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant notes that Yu Darvish's desire for a five-year deal will not keep the Texas Rangers from signing him.  Grant also mentions that Darvish could sign a deal worth between $10-$11M a year.

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The MLB released the Spring Training schedules on Tuesday.

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Deadlines:

Yu Darvish - 1/18 at 5pm EST (1/19 at 7am JST)