The Lions will likely part ways with Ichi-gun bullpen pitching coach Takashi Ishii. Ichi-gun pitching coach Tadashi Sugimoto will likely be reassigned to Ni-gun pitching coach. Current Ni-gun pitching coach Takehiro Hashimoto is not expected to return.
The Orix Buffaloes are not planning to post Yoshio Itoi. He is not scheduled to earn his international FA option until 2017, at the earliest.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2013