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[10/23/2013] Rumors: Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.24, 2013 @ 1:57 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants released Yasunari Takagi and Takahiko Nomaguchi on Wednesday but plan to re-sign both to Ikusei contracts.  The two players had surgeries during the season, Takagi his left shoulder and Nomaguchi his right elbow, and are in the process of rehabbing for 2014.

Source: ZakZak 10/23/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Miguel Socolovich will be returning to Venezuela on the 25th.  The team is not expected to bring him back next season.

Source: Sponichi 10/23/2013


Kila Ka'aihue is open to returning to Hiroshima next year, "if the opportunity presents itself."

Source: Sponichi 10/23/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The front office could use "starting pitcher" as a bargaining chip to keep Yasutomo Kubo in a Hanshin uniform.  The Tigers attempted to convert Kubo to a closer this season, but their plan did not work out well as they had hoped.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/2013


There is a clause in Matt Murton's contract that bars him from signing with other teams in Japan in 2014 -- he can either sign an extension with Hanshin or any team outside of Japan.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/23/2013