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Softbank, Nippon Ham, Orix, Rakuten: December 11, 2012

by on Dec.11, 2012 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Kenji Otonari sat down with the Hawks today and placed their 60 million yen offer on hold because he was not satisfied with the team's evaluation.

"It was as I expected.  I was not satisfied with the offer.  I wanted a little more... But it did not get there," said Otonari.  "I pitched on five days of rest many times.  I want them to take more of that into consideration."

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012


Yuichi Honda plans to work on strengthening his neck muscles this winter after struggling with neck injuries this past season.  He got a list of exercises from former bodybuilder Fumitoshi Takanishi.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012


1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama was given a special award by the Tokyo Sports Press Club's Amateur Baseball Subcommittee on Tuesday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters left for their PL championship trip to Hawaii out of Narita Airport today.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012

Orix Buffaloes

Takahiro Okada met with the Buffaloes today and placed a 73 million yen (down 5 million yen) offer on hold because he did not think he deserved a pay cut.

"I did get hurt, but I also had a decent season.  I was not expecting a pay cut," said Okada.

Source: Daily Sports 12/11/2012


Hiroshi Kisanuki placed a 55 million yen (up five million yen) offer on hold because he wanted to do a little more talking.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2012


Orix and the city of Tondabayashi in Osaka signed an agreement to make Tondabayashi Municipal Stadium's secondary name (nickname) Tondabayashi Buffaloes Stadium in exchange for use of the Buffaloes' team name in various events and tournaments.  The agreement will be for a period of one year, beginning on January 1, 2013, with options to renew each year.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012, Sanspo 12/11/2012

Rakuten Eagles

A number of players, including Kenji Tomura, Takahiro Shiomi, and Kazuya Takahori, have plans to work out with Hisashi Iwakuma in the States this winter.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012


Masahiro TanakaShinichiro Koyama, Koji Aoyama, Wataru Karashima, and Yoshinao Kamata are planning to spend about twenty days training in Shizuoka and Chiba next month.  Their workouts will likely begin in early January.  Source: Sponichi 12/11/2012