Kazuki Yoshimi, Masato Kobayashi, Yudai Ono, Ryosuke Oguma, and Kentaro Nishikawa left for Yomitan, Okinawa today. The five pitchers will go through a four-day mini-camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2012
Junki Ito has plans to work out with a number of players, including Takuya Asao, for two weeks in Guam next month. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2012
Masahiro Araki will hold a mini-camp in Kumamoto in early January. Players like Yohei Oshima, Ryosuke Hirata, Ryoji Nakata, and Yomiuri Giant Daisuke Fujimura, are scheduled to attend. Source: Sanspo 12/16/2012
The Dragons are scheduled to play a practice game against the Hanwha Eagles (KBO) on February 5. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2012
Shohei Tateyama will be writing a book on his rehab methods -- he had right shoulder surgery in 2002, right elbow surgery in 2004 and 2005, and right hand surgery in 2011. Source: Sanspo 12/16/2012
Tsubakuro has received offers from thirteen organizations/companies: Money Square Japan (100 Euros), Kyushu Ninji Association (20,000 yen), Zero1, Google, Sumo, FC Tokyo (30,000 yen), Tetsuwan, Bijin Tokei, Shizuoka TV (one yen x total attendance of Yomiuri vs Yakult at Shizuoka on June 29-30), Genbei (20,000 yen plus other perks), Chi-Clo (Akihabara store will be renamed to Chi-Kuro), Home Run Bar (20,000 yen plus other perks), Matsuyama Tourism Association. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2012
Ryosuke Miyaguni's primary goal for 2013: pitching enough innings to qualify for a title (144 innings). Source: Sponichi 12/16/2012
Tatsunori Hara is thinking about moving Kyosuke Takagi to the starting rotation. Scott Mathieson could also get a look as a starter. Source: Sanspo 12/16/2012, Daily Sports 12/16/2012, Sponichi 12/16/2012
Yasutomo Kubo held a five-day mini-camp in Tanegashima, Kagoshima that began on the 10th. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 12/16/2012
1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami worked out at the Osaka Toin grounds on Saturday. He also spoke to reporters and said he did not think he would be facing Nippon Ham 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani when the two teams meet on February 23.
"Personally, I do not think it will happen," said Fujinami. "I do not want to worry about those things. I just have to focus on what I need to do."
Worried about oversleeping, Fujinami plans to set two to three alarm clocks in his dorm room. Source: Sanspo 12/16/2012
Tolucky does not plan on ever exercising his FA option. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2012
The media learned on Saturday that Kosuke Fukudome contacted both the Tigers and Yokohama Bay Stars with counter-offers. The Tigers could hold a meeting as early as Monday to discuss what they should do next. Source: Sanspo 12/16/2012
Sports Hochi Osaka adds that GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters on Saturday the team plans to speak to Fukudome over the next few days.
"We will speak to [Fukudome's] agent [over the phone]. We can not change the base deal, but we can talk about the incentives," said Nakamura.
The Tigers could be thinking about guaranteeing the third year -- as it currently stands, the third year is a club option (buyout). Source: Daily Sports 12/16/2012
Yokohama Bay Stars
Daisuke Miura has his sights set on 200 innings next season. Miura will turn thirty-nine on the 25th. No pitcher, since the start of the two-league system, has managed to toss 200 innings in the year they turned forty. One pitcher, Tadashi Wakabayashi, accomplished it twice (326.1 in 1948 and 271 in 1949) before the two-league system. Since the start of the two-league system, only six pitchers have managed to toss enough innings to qualify for a title during or after the year they turned forty. The most, at 179.2 innings, was recorded by Choji Murata in 1989. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2012