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[10/14/2013] Rumors: Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.14, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Seibu Lions

Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters after today's loss against the Chiba Lotte Marines that he had a lot of thinking to do, now that the season was over.

Team official Haruhiko Suzuki said that the team had yet to offer Watanabe an extension and wanted to meet with him as soon as possible.

Source: Sponichi 10/14/2013

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Yasuyuki Kataoka on his FA option:

It is my first option so I am not sure how talks will go.

Source: Sponichi 10/14/2013

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Hideaki Wakui on his FA option:

That is not a question to ask right now.  It is not something I can answer immediately after losing.

Source: Sponichi 10/14/2013

Softbank Hawks

Tokyo Sports figures that the Hawks will remain quiet on the FA market (specifically rank A and B free agents) this year because they are concerned about the possibility of losing talent through player compensations -- they lost Takahiro Mahara as part of compensation for signing Hayato Terahara last year.

"Player compensations are a big deal.  Having to come up with a list of players to protect is really tough.  If we are going to lose someone, then the player we sign will have to be big...," an unnamed team official said.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/14/2013

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Vicente Padilla left for Nicaragua out of Fukuoka Airport today.  There is a good chance he will not be returning to the Hawks next year.  He told reporters he was open to playing opportunities in Japan.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2013

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Scout Arihito Muramatsu could be named San-gun OF/base-running coach.  Muramatsu has also been offered a coaching position with Samurai Japan.

Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2013Nikkan Sports 10/14/2013