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[10/31/2013] Rumors: Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.31, 2013 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

Seibu Lions

The Lions are not planning to sign any players off the free agent market this winter.  They have not signed any free agents since Kazuhisa Ishii in 2007.  The front office is planning to meet Hideaki Wakui and Yasuyuki Kataoka soon to discuss their options.

Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes are no closer to finalizing a deal with Dae-Ho Lee than they were a couple weeks ago.  The sticking point is money and Orix may be unwilling (or unable) to meet Lee's asking price.

Source: Sponichi 10/31/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers are looking into Nippon Ham's Shinya Tsuruoka.

Tsuruoka will most likely be a B-rank free agent, which means any team that signs him will owe the Fighters compensation, either in the form of money, or money and a player.

Source: Sanspo 10/31/2013