Updates on Tsuyoshi Nishioka:
Daily Sports spoke to Nishioka on Wednesday and was provided the following quotes:
"Nothing has been decided at this point in time."
"I have not decided anything. I have not received any updates from my agent."
"Really, nothing has been decided."
"I am thankful that a team from where I was brought up is interested in me, despite how things currently are."
"I just really want to play baseball."
"If there is a team that is interested in someone like me... There is nothing better for a player than being on a team that needs him."
"If there is a team that is interested in someone like me, I wish to hear what they have to say."
"I just want to play ball."
Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2012
Hanshin Tigers' GM Katsuhiro Nakamura on where negotiations currently stand, via Sanspo:
"I have heard nothing [about being close to a deal with Nishioka]. ... We are still in the process of getting in touch. We do not even know when he is coming back to Japan. I have nothing to say. The ball is in their court."
Updates on Kosuke Fukudome:
According to Sanspo, the Tigers could make their final decision on Fukudome sometime before the end of the week. An unnamed team official is quoted as saying:
"We are looking to get younger next year. If Fukudome joins the team, younger players will not get a chance. It will also changes our plans for foreign players. We need to internally discuss why the team needs Fukudome."
As for other teams that might be interested in the thirty-five-year-old outfielder, Yokohama, Rakuten, and Chunichi are mentioned. Of the three, Chunichi seems to be in the lead for the following reasons: Fukudome does not like Yokohama, but pitching coach Yui Tomori might be able to sway his decision; Rakuten failed with Akinori Iwamura and may not want to risk another; Chunichi might offer a deal worth 100M yen plus incentives.
Source: Sanspo 10/4/2012