Haruki Ihara spoke to both Hideaki Wakui and Yasuyuki Kataoka on Wednesday and told them they were necessary parts of the team. Both players have FA options they can use.
Source: Sanspo 10/23/2013
Chiba Lotte Marines
Craig Brazell, Carlos Rosa, and Wil Ledezma all left for the respective homes out of Narita Airport on Wednesday. The Marines will most likely bring all three players back in 2014.
Source: Sponichi 10/23/2013
Takashi Osanai is a leading candidate for the open Ichi-gun hitting coach position. Osanai was a hitting coach with Hiroshima between 1994 and 2005. He became a hitting coach for the Tokushima Indigo Socks (Island League) in 2012.
The Buffaloes are thinking about moving Ni-gun pitching coach Masahide Kobayashi to Ichi-gun and sending current Ichi-gun pitching coach, bench/battery coach Takashi Nishimoto to Ni-gun.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/2013