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11/16/2012: Kosuke Fukudome, Hideki Matsui, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.16, 2012 @ 5:06 pm, under NPB

The Hanshin Tigers are scheduled to meet Kosuke Fukudome on the 28th.  This will be their second meeting with him (their first meeting was held on October 5).

The Tigers will most likely go all out during the meeting.  They may be willing to: accommodate as many of his needs as possible; to give him the number eight; provide him and his family with whatever support they need; provide him with a coaching job after he retires; and go up to three years on his contract.

Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2012

It should be noted that other news sites, like Nikkan Sports, Sponichi, and Sanspo, are carrying a syndicated report that includes a quote from GM Katsuhiro Nakamura that makes no mention of a specific date, other than sometime this month.

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Yokohama Bay Stars GM Shigeru Takada told reporters that the team will not be able to pursue Hideki Matsui because they do not have enough spots on the roster for a player that can has two questionable knees.  Source: Sponichi 11/16/2012

The Bay Stars have, however, reportedly set aside funds for going after Hiroyuki Nakajima.  Exactly how much is not known.  The Hanshin Tigers are also said to be interested and may offer him a four-year deal worth 2B yen.  Source: Sanspo 11/16/2012

2 comments on “11/16/2012: Kosuke Fukudome, Hideki Matsui, Hiroyuki Nakajima

  1. blacklabel

    The bilarity that is the Yokohama Baystars continues! You dont have “space on the roster” for the World Series MVP a few years ago? Oh yeah because of all the young All Stars and Gold Gloves that are manning every position in Yokohama, right? Stupidest comment of the year. Too old, declining skills, got it! but “no space”??

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    1. Gen Post author

      There’s actually a bit more to it, but I didn’t post that part.

      The full explanation provided by Sponichi: They already have Ramirez, Aranami, and Kinjo. They also got Tamura in their trade with Softbank and are targeting Fukudome. It seems they are also concerned about his knees and feel that he will not be able to play the outfield on a regular basis. If they were in the PL with the DH, it would be a different story.

      To me, it seems like they don’t believe he can be an everyday outfielder with those knees of his.

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