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[10/22/2013] Rumors: Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.23, 2013 @ 1:49 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters are leaning toward signing Juan Miranda to a contract for the 2014 season -- his tryout has so far gone well.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2013

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The Fighters are looking to bring Kazuyuki Shirai back into the organization after parting ways with him in 2007.  Shirai could be the next in line to take over as manager after Hideki Kuriyama.

Source: ZakZak 10/22/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines might offer Toshiaki Imae a two-year deal worth about 400 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2013

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The Marines may be interested in Seibu's Hideaki Wakui and could move on him if he exercises his FA option.

Source: Sponichi 10/22/2013

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There is a good chance the Marines want Craig Brazell to return next year.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013

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Carlos Rosa and Seth Greisinger will likely return.  A decision has not yet been made on Wil Ledezma.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2013

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The entire Ichi-gun coaching staff will most likely remain intact for the 2014 season.  The team is considering whether or not to hire a head coach.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013

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There is a chance pitching coach Akio Saito will part ways with the Marines due to health issues.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes would like to hear back from Dae-Ho Lee as soon as possible, but also understand they cannot rush a decision from the slugger.  In the meantime, they are checking the international market for talent they might be able to use -- they do not plan on giving any players tryouts during fall camp.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013