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10/21/2012: Kosuke Fukudome, Ryota Igarashi

by on Oct.21, 2012 @ 4:39 pm, under NPB

Kosuke Fukudome

The Hanshin Tigers are reportedly preparing to offer Fukudome a two-year deal worth over 400M yen.  That is well above their original offer of 250M yen and more than the 300M yen Yokohama may have offered.

Said an unnamed team official, "We need to give [Fukudome] an offer that is more than what other teams have given him.  We are making those kinds of preparations."

The Tigers are planning to meet Fukudome sometime in early November.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2012

Ryota Igarashi

The Tigers are still very much interested in Ryota Igarashi, but GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters that he heard the thirty-three-year-old reliever still wants to play in the US and is having a hard time deciding what he should.  Source: Sanspo 10/21/2012