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[10/2/2013] Rumors: Hiromitsu Ochiai, Dae-Ho Lee, Kenichi Nakata

by on Oct.02, 2013 @ 11:44 pm, under NPB

Hiromitsu Ochiai

Shigekazu Mori feels Hiromitsu Ochiai would accept an offer to return as manager of the Dragons if asked.

Mori worked with Ochiai in the Chunichi organization between 2004 and 2011, first as pitching coach, then as battery coach, and finally as head coach.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013

Dae-Ho Lee

The media learned on Tuesday that Dae-Ho Lee has his eye on the MLB.  Lee has dreamed of playing in the Majors since he was a child and if negotiations with the Orix Buffaloes get drawn out, he could shift his attention overseas to see what kind of options are available.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013

Kenichi Nakata

The Softbank Hawks are looking for starting pitchers.  The media learned on Tuesday that they are looking into Kenichi Nakata, in case he decides to exercises his domestic FA option.  Also a big plus for Softbank is that he is from Fukuoka.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/2/2013

The Chunichi Dragons are planning to sit down with Nakata once the season ends.  They could offer the thirty-one-year-old pitcher three or more years to keep him from leaving.  In speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Nakata said, "I want to think of all the possibilities.  I cannot, at this point in time, say I will definitely leave or say I will definitely stay."

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013