Morimichi Takagi wants a foreign player that can hit. Source: Sports Hochi 10/24/2012
Motonobu Tanishige (41) is not planning to exercise his international FA option and will remain with the team.
Masahiro Yamamto (47) has met with the front office twice and will do his best to continue pitching. Kenshin Kawakami (37) has regrets and feels he can still pitch. Takeshi Yamasaki (43) is still mulling things over.
Source: Sports Hochi 10/24/2012
Ni-gun batting coach Toshikatsu Hikono will likely swap places with Ichi-gun batting coach Masaru Uno. Ni-gun catcher coach Takeshi Nakamura will likely swap places with Ichi-gun catcher coach Yutaka Hasebe.
An announcement about the 2013 coaching staff will likely be made sometime before the end of the month.
Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2012
The Dragons are interested in Ichiro Suzuki and will make him an offer if he decides to return to Japan next season. They are not interested in getting into any bidding wars, but if the price is right, they want to be involved. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2012
The Giants will send Taishi Ota, Daisuke Nakai, Ryota Wakiya, GenkI Kawano, and Ryuya Matsumoto to Winter Leagues in Taiwan. Shoki Kasahara and Seiji Tahara to the Winter Lagues in Puerto Rico. Source: Sponichi 10/24/2012
Takao Obana could return to the Giants as a Ni-gun pitching coach next season. Source: Sanspo 10/24/2012
Ryota Arai tweaked his left flank during fall workouts at Koshien Stadium today. Arai was taking grounders at third. He started complaining of pain in his left flank after making a throw to first. The team trainer said he could walk but could not do any twisting motions. The team will wait to see how Arai is doing over the next couple of days before deciding what to do next (which could also include a hospital visit). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2012
INF/base-running coach Teruyoshi Kuji wants Arai to aim for zero throwing errors next season. Arai will look to Yakult Swallow Shinya Miyamoto for hints on how to improve his throwing accuracy. Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2012
Hiroki Uemoto, Katsuhiko Saka, and Shunsuke Fujikawa joined fall practices at Koshien today. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2012
Chief batting coach Jitsuo Mizutani wants players to focus on taking good cuts at the plate.
"They need to be able to take good swings against pitchers, otherwise they will not develop. And if they foul pitches off, they need to foul them off hard. I do not care about the hits. They just need to focus on what they are doing right now," said Mizutani.
Source: Sanspo 10/24/2012
Since going to Miyazaki, Hayata Ito has played in nine games and is 9-for-35 with three home runs and seven RBI (through Tuesday). Source: Sanspo 10/24/2012
GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told batting coach Koichi Sekikawa to set an example by getting a shave. Sekikawa was apparently growing the facial hair because he looks really young without it. Source: Sanspo 10/24/2012
Takashi Toritani's meeting with the Tigers on Tuesday lasted about thirty minutes. The team is reportedly ok with Toritani "saving" his international FA option for another year. Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2012
Sanspo mentions that the Tigers may have offered him a four-year deal worth an estimated 1.6B yen. Source: Sanspo 10/24/2012
Nikkan Sports reports that the Tigers may have offered him a one-year deal and a three-year deal. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2012
NOTE: I am not entirely sure what Toritani's contract situation really is, since there were reports earlier this month that he signed a multi-year deal before the start of this past season that included an option clause that allowed him to leave for the majors.
Tomoaki Kanemoto will be a guest commentator on TBS' coverage of the 2012 draft on Thursday. Source: Sanspo 10/24/2012
New batting coach Hiromasa Arai wants Shota Dobayashi to work on going the other way on pitches thrown low. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 10/24/2012