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[11/3/2013] Rumors: Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons

by on Nov.04, 2013 @ 2:33 am, under NPB

Seibu Lions

The media learned on Saturday that Hideaki Wakui will exercise his FA option.  His name was also not on the list of players attending fall camp (he was originally slated to go).

Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2013

According to Sponichi, Wakui may have been offered a one-year with a pay cut.  He was originally planning to attend fall camp because he wanted to spend some time with his teammates, but later decided he wanted to focus on a possible new start.  He plans to continue his workouts at Seibu Dome.

Source: Sponichi 11/3/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks are interested in bringing back both Munenori Kawasaki and Tsuyoshi Wada.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes are also interested in Munenori Kawasaki.  A person with connections to the team is quoted as saying, "he has everything this team currently needs."

Hiroshi Moriwaki has ties to Kawasaki dating back to when the infielder first joined the Hawks organization in 2000.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/3/2013

Yomiuri Giants

The media learned on Sunday that Michihiro Ogasawara and Yoshitomo Tani have no part in the organization's plans for the 2014 season.  Both players most likely want to continue playing.

Source: Sponichi 11/3/2013


The Giants could also be interested in Munenori Kawasaki.

Source: Sanspo 11/3/2013

Chunichi Dragons

According to Nikkan Sports, the Dragons offered Hirokazu Ibata around twenty-three million yen during recent contract negotiations, a total that is down from the estimated 190 million yen he made this season.  Ibata was prepared to see a cut in salary, but not quite as extreme.  The Dragons are open to continued negotiations, but he may already be preparing to leave.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2013