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Orix Buffaloes plan to select Takahiro Mahara as compensation from Softbank Hawks

by on Jan.12, 2013 @ 12:09 pm, under NPB

According to a report by Daily Sports, the Orix Buffaloes are planning to select Takahiro Mahara (31) as compensation for losing Hayato Terahara (29) to the Softbank Hawks.  An announcement is expected today.

Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2013, official announcement (Orix), official announcement (Softbank)

UPDATE 1/13 @ 2:07pm - Mahara has been assigned the number twenty.  The Softbank Hawks apparently did not think the Buffaloes would select him because he was coming off an injury and because he could earn his FA option this season.  The Buffaloes went with Mahara despite saying they wanted to go after healthy young pitchers because Hiroshi Moriwaki strongly recommended him.  Source: Sanspo 1/12/2013

UPDATE 1/13 @ 4:49pm - Quotes from Softbank official Itaru Kobayashi:

I am not sure if "shock" is the right word, but we did take hit.

We discussed [the protected list] a number of times.  There were people on either side, but everyone agreed to the twenty-eight names on the list.  We even got approval from [Sadaharu] Oh and opinions from the coaches.

Our priority was to remain a team that could keep on winning through the years.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/13/2013

3 comments on “Orix Buffaloes plan to select Takahiro Mahara as compensation from Softbank Hawks

  1. Dylan

    It sounds like even compensation.. Terahara for Mahara. Both have had injury problems. Anyone know how healthy Mahara is?

    1. fighting ham

      If nothing happens during the camp, Mahara will be available on the opening day. And he will be an FA at the end of the season if he so chooses.

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