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[10/9/2013] Rumors: Yakult Swallows, Yokohama Bay Stars, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.09, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Ryoji Aikawa would like to stay with the Swallows, but only if they plan on using him.  Otherwise, he will seriously consider exercising his FA option.

Masanori Ishikawa and Takehiko Oshimoto can also become free agents at the end of the season and are expected to sit down with the Swallows before making any decisions.

Source: Sponichi 10/8/2013, Daily Sports 10/9/2013

According to Sanspo, Oshimoto is not planning to exercise his option and wants to remain with the team.

Source: Sanspo 10/9/2013


Shingo Takatsu could be named the next pitching coach.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars could offer Koji Yamamoto the Ichi-gun head coach job next season.  Takanori Suzuki will likely be brought in as batting coach.  Ni-gun pitching coach Katsunori Okamoto is expected to join Takeo Kawamura as Ichi-gun pitching coaches.  Hiromi Makihara could also be offered a position.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/9/2013

Softbank Hawks

Brian Falkenborg left for the US today.  Before leaving, he told reporters he hoped to return to Fukuoka next season, but was also open to playing for another team, if it came to that.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013


The Hawks are hoping to retain Katsuki Yamazaki's services.  They have reportedly offered him a multi-year deal and may be open to leaving their offer on the table while he exercises his FA option to check on interest with other teams.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013


Takanori Yamauchi is a candidate to become the next pitching coach for the Hawks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2013