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[10/21/2013] Rumors: Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.22, 2013 @ 12:34 am, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Ni-gun pitching coach Akimitsu Ito may be the leading candidate to take over as the next Ni-gun manager.  Batting coach Takahiro Ikeyama was originally considered the top candidate, but some in the organization favor Ito's experience.  If Ito is name the next Ni-gun manager, Ikeyama will likely be shifted to Ni-gun batting coach.

Other likely changes: Ikusei coach Hirotoshi Ishii to pitching coach, batting/strategy coach Shinichi Sato to Ichi-gun head coach, Shingo Takasu to Ichi-gun pitching coach, Ni-gun manager Mitsuru Manaka and Ni-gun batting coach Shigeru Sugimura to Ichi-gun batting coaches, Ni-gun battery coach Kosei Ono to Ichi-gun battery coach, Ni-gun OF/base-running coach Kazuki Fukuchi to Ichi-gun OF/base-running coach.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/21/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Takashi Toritani has not decided what he plans to do with his international option.  He did not deny the possibility of exercising the option when speaking to reporters on Sunday and said he wanted some time to think about his options.  The media feels any offer he gets from an MLB team will likely be less than the estimated 280 million he made this past season.  However, money will most likely not be the only factor that goes into his decision.

Source: Sponichi 10/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/21/2013

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The Tigers are looking into Kan Otake (Hiroshima) as a possible option to help fill the rotation next year if they lose one or both of Randy Messenger and Jason Standridge.  However, signing Otake would come at a price -- any organization that signs him away from Hiroshima will risk losing a player through compensation.  The Tigers usually avoid signing players that require compensation, but could make an exception with Otake since they may have a need for starting pitchers.

Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2013