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[10/27/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Oct.27, 2013 @ 2:42 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants may have been banking on drafting Ayumu Ishikawa (Lotte 1st round draft pick).  Since they could not get him, they may actively pursue starting pitchers on the free agent market this winter.

Source: ZakZak 10/26/2013

Yakult Swallows

Pitching coach Shingo Takatsu is hoping to help the team develop a closer.

Source: Sponichi 10/26/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Position players worked on their bunts during indoor practices at Koshien on Friday.

Source: Sanspo 10/26/2013

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Kochi prefecture is wondering if they should increase security at fall camp during the weekends because they are expecting an increase in attendance due to fans that want to see Shintaro Fujinami and Masayuki Kakefu.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2013

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Atsushi Nomi is scheduled to earn his domestic FA option next season and his international FA option some time in 2015.  Some in the organization are worried that recent developments (like how the coaches handled him this year) might be pushing the lefty to free agency and that it might be good for the front office to sit down with him before he earns his options.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/26/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kiyoshi Nakahata would like another left-handed arm for the starting rotation and rhetorically asked reporters what Hisanori Takahashi was planning to do next year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2013