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[11/2/2013] Rumors: Chunichi Dragons, Hiroshima Carp, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks

by on Nov.03, 2013 @ 2:39 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons reportedly offered Hirokazu Ibata a salary that was cut by more than eighty percent.  The team is apparently prepared for his departure, if it comes to that.

According to people that are close to negotiations, Ibata met front office officials a few days ago and was offered about thirty million yen for the 2014 season (down from an estimated 190 million yen this year).  As of Friday, he had not shown up to Nagoya Stadium to rehab his right ankle and right elbow three days in a row.

Source: Sponichi 11/2/2013

Tokyo Sports adds that the Dragons tried to contact Ibata on the first day of fall camp at Nagoya Stadium on Friday because they wanted to know why he was not present.  Their calls went unanswered -- perhaps because relationships between the veteran and Hiromitsu Ochiai are strained, or because of how contract negotiations have gone so far.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/2/2013

Hiroshima Carp

According to Daily Sports, Kan Otake may have been offered a one-year deal at 150 million yen and a three-year contract at 400 million yen during negotiations on Friday (totals are estimates).  He put both offers on hold as he may have been looking for more years and money.

"I need to make a decision soon.  I will think about what to do [after my next meeting].  I was able to tell them my thoughts and I understand that they want me to stay.  To stay or go.  I am considering both.  It is up to the team," Otake said.

Otake is scheduled to meet with the front office again on the 4th.

Source: Daily Sports 11/2/2013

Seibu Lions

The Lions will not get into a bidding war to keep Hideaki Wakui and Yasuyuki Kataoka, should they exercise their options and get offers from other clubs.  The front office is also unwilling to guarantee Wakui a spot in the rotation, since it is still too early to talk about next season.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/2/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks are interested in Nippon Ham's Shinya Tsuruoka.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2013