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[10/7/2013] Rumors: Kenichi Nakata, Chunichi manager, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.08, 2013 @ 1:23 am, under NPB

Kenichi Nakata

If Kenichi Nakata decides to exercise his FA option, the Softbank Hawks could offer him a three to four-year deal.  The Yakult Swallows and Hanshin Tigers could also get involved.

Source: Daily Sports 10/7/2013

The Chunichi Dragons could be preparing to offer Nakata a four-year deal.  They may also be willing to keep their offer on the table while he shops around with other organizations.

Source: Daily Sports 10/7/2013

Nikkan Sports notes the Dragons will likely offer a contract with three or more years.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Team owner Bungo Shirai told reporters on Monday he would like to decide on a new manager before the end of the week.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/7/2013

Yakult Swallows

According to Sanspo, the Swallows have decided not to offer Itsuki Shoda (31), Taiyo Fujita (33), Kosuke Matsui (35), Keisuke Mizuta (32), and Yusuke Kusuki (29) contracts for the 2014 season.  The five players returned to Tokyo after the Farm Championship on the 6th.  An announcement is expected shortly.

Source: Sanspo 10/8/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers are interested in bringing Matt Murton back next season, especially since he is a proven presence, but they do have a budget they can not go over.

Source: Daily Sports 10/7/2013

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The Tigers' top priority this coming off-season is signing a pitcher that can close.  They are also hoping to land a power hitter that can bat clean-up.

Source: Sanspo 10/7/2013, Sanspo 10/7/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Quotes on FA options:

Shinya Tsuruoka - I would like to negotiate with staying a top priority, but the option is a right that I earned so there are things I still want to think about.

Eiichi Koyano - It would be lie for me to say that I am uninterested in the market, but I will talk to Nippon Ham first.  I owe them that much for what they have to done for me.

Source: Sponichi 10/7/2013

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The Fighters will most likely exercise Michel Abreu's option for the 2014 season.  They are expected to part ways with Brian Wolfe and Justin Thomas.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/7/2013

Softbank Hawks

Wily Mo Pena returned to the US on Monday.  Before leaving, he spoke to reporters and said, "It was a disappointing season.  I got hurt and I could not help the team."  When asked about next season, he expressed a desire to remain with the Hawks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Dae-Ho Lee spoke to reporters on Monday about next season and said, "I would like to stay with Orix.  I am currently not thinking about playing anywhere else."  Negotiations between Lee and the Buffaloes will continue.

Lee will be taken off the active roster on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2013, Asahi Shimbun 10/8/2013