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[9/28/2013] Rumors: Hideaki Wakui, Esteban German, Matt Murton

by on Sep.29, 2013 @ 1:56 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers are interested in Seibu Lion Hideaki Wakui and have started gathering information on him.  They like that he is still young and capable of starting and closing.

A number of other teams, like Lotte and Yokohama, could also be interested.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/28/2013, Sanspo 9/28/2013

Seibu Lions

According to Sponichi, there is a good chance Esteban German will part ways with the Lions.  A person close to the situation told reporters that while German enjoys playing for Seibu, he is also interested in playing for other NPB teams.

Source: Sponichi 9/28/2013

Softbank Hawks

If Tsuyoshi Wada decides to return to the NPB next year, the Hawks would like to see him return to Fukuoka.

"If he returns to Japan, then many teams will look into him.  It would be nice if he returned.  He was a Hawks' pitcher.  We know what he is capable of," a team official said.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/28/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes have begun collecting information on Hanshin Tiger Matt Murton in case he becomes available.  One team official told reporters they felt Murton could be a good fit in the Pacific League where there is a DH because he is a capable hitter, but "not quite there on defense."

The Tiger are hoping to re-sign Murton, but if negotiations fall apart, the Buffaloes may get involved.

Source: Daily Sports 9/28/2013

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