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[10/22/2013] Rumors: Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.23, 2013 @ 1:53 am, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Masanori Ishikawa has an international FA option.  He is in the final year of a four-year deal.  He does not plan on exercising the option and would like to remain with the Swallows.  Yakult has reportedly offered the thirty-three-year-old another multi-year deal.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2013, Sanspo 10/22/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kam Mickolio left for the US on Tuesday.  Before leaving, he told reporters his top priority was to return to Hiroshima next season.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Jason Standridge left for the US out of Kansai International Airport on Tuesday.  With regards to 2014, he said, "I am not in a position to choose, but I really love it here."

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013


Matt Murton also left for the US out of Kansai Airport on Tuesday.  He spoke to reporters before his departure and said he needed a little more time to think about what he was going to do for next season.

"I do not know what will happen next year.  I will play where ever God takes me. ... I had a good season.  At this age, I am not sure how many more good years I have left in me.  I will play where ever I am taken. ... Being able to play in the US, where I grew up, would be anyone's dream.  I feel I can do a lot better now, than before I came to Japan. ... I do have an interest in playing in the US, but Japan has also been a second home to me," Murton said.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013, Daily Sports 10/22/2013


The front office started talking to players with FA options on Monday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2013