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Softbank, Nippon Ham, Orix, Rakuten, Lotte: December 12, 2012

by on Dec.13, 2012 @ 1:27 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Seiichi Uchikawa agreed to a salary of 170 million yen (no change) plus 50 million in incentives.  While his base salary did not change, his incentives dropped 100 million yen.  Source: Sanspo 12/12/2012

Uchikawa's four-day workout in Buzen, Fukuoka began on Wednesday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2012

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Last year, the Hawks handed out pay cuts to twenty-three of fifty-seven players (not including foreigners and Ikusei players).  This year, they have spoken to forty-two players and issued sixteen cuts.  Seven have placed their 2013 salary offers on hold (as of Tuesday).  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters

1st round draft pick Shohei Otani will likely workout as both a pitcher and hitter during January training camp for members of the 2012 draft.  A lot will also depend on what Otani wants to do.

Hideki Kuriyama, via Nikkan Sports: "[Otani] may not toss bullpen sessions right away, but after some pitching practice, he could do some hitting practice. ... Of course, he will also be allowed to decide on things himself. ... When he have the press conference, I would also like to ask his [high school] manager and his parents some things."

Kuriyama, via Sponichi: "We will let [Otani] decide on some things.  His practices will begin with warm-ups and catch.  After that, he could toss a bullpen session and take some batting practice. ... It will be important for him to do things properly.  I have already gotten some feedback from him.  I think it will be important to also ask his father and his high school manager for their thoughts as well."

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2012, Sponichi 12/12/2012

There has been an increase in the number of calls to travel agencies about tours to the Fighters' spring camp facilities next year.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2012

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The Fighters (192 people in all) will be in Hawaii for their league championship trip until the 16th (they left on the 11th).  Hideki Kuriyama is scheduled to return on the 14th.  Source: Sanspo 12/12/2012

Orix Buffaloes

Takahiro Okada apparently said he was "not satisfied" six times during his post-negotiation press conference on Tuesday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2012

Okada, via Sanspo: "I am not satisified.  It was big that I missed time, but I think I also did fairly well.  I was not thinking pay cut.  I am a little disappointed. ... I told the Ni-gun trainer and training coach I wanted to get better fully before going back up, but they called me up before I had a chance to fully heal.  I deserve some of the blame, but I can not accept a pay cut."  Source: Sanspo 12/12/2012

The Buffaloes, via Sanspo: "Our offers are based on whether or not players are doing what we ask/expect. ... We do not think the amount we offered was incorrect. ... Unless he can provide us with a good reason, we likely will not budge."  Source: Sanspo 12/12/2012

Rakuten Eagles

Seven members of the 2012 draft class got tours of Kleenex Stadium and the Ni-gun facilities on Wednesday.  Source: Sports Hochi 12/12/2012

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Senichi Hoshino would like players to become more emotionally involved.

"If you play [the game] hard, fights will naturally take place.  Back when I played the game, uniforms were considered combat uniforms.  That is how we played the game.  I want the younger players to feel that," said Hoshino.

Hoshino is not condoning fights, he just wants them to become more serious on the field.

Source: Sanspo 12/12/2012

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The Eagles are currently looking into Takashi Saito.  Saito would like to play in the Majors, but is also open to signing with an NPB team.  Source: Sponichi 12/12/2012, Sponichi 12/12/2012

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The Eagles are prepared to make additional moves where necessary.  Source: Sponichi 12/12/2012

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yoshihisa Naruse will make 160 million yen (up 30 million yen) in 2013, most fof a left-handed pitcher in franchise history.  Source: Sanspo 12/12/2012

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