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[6/30/2013] Sanspo: Orix checking to see if they can move Takahiro Okada

by on Jun.30, 2013 @ 12:34 pm, under NPB

According to a report by Sanspo, the Orix Buffaloes are shopping Takahiro Okada.  The organization has approached at least two teams -- one PL team and the Hanshin Tigers.  They are looking for pitchers in return for the struggling slugger.

The Tigers are in the market for a player that can play first or third -- they have been looking into a couple of possibilities, including names like Aarom Baldiris and Hiroyuki Nakajima, as possible off-season acquisitions.  Okada could be an interesting option, but the Buffaloes apparently want a pitcher like Minoru Iwata in return.

Talks with the unnamed PL team appear to have run its course.

Source: Sanspo 6/30/2013

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UPDATE 7/1/2013 @ 5:10pm -

An upset team official Yoshio Murayama held a press conference on Sunday to inform the media that news reports about their interest in moving Okada were not based on fact.  He also said that he already spoke to Hiroshi Moriwaki and Okada individually to explain the situation.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/30/2013