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[11/4/2013] Rumors: Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles

by on Nov.05, 2013 @ 3:57 am, under NPB

Seibu Lions

According to Daily Sports, it seems there is now a good chance Yasuyuki Kataoka (30) will remain with the Lions.  The Lions have reportedly scaled back enough of their pay cut rate to keep Kataoka in a Seibu uniform.

Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2013


There is a good chance the Lions will add Abner Abreu to the seventy-man roster.

Abreu has plans to get married in January next year.

Source: Sponichi 11/4/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks will likely take a look at Kenichi Nakata (31), Kan Otake (30), and Shinya Tsuruoka (32) and may attempt to sign all three.

Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Kazuya Fujita (31) and Teppei (30) are not planning to exercise their FA options.  Both players earned domestic FA options this season.

Source: Sanspo 11/4/2013Daily Sports 11/4/2013

The Eagles may have offered Fujita a multi-year deal.

Shinichiro Koyama (35) could exercise his international FA option and head overseas.

Source: Sponichi 11/4/2013


The Eagles are planning to ask Andruw Jones (36) and Casey McGehee (31) to return next season.

The team is particularly worried about McGehee because he is still fairly young and has a desire to return to the Majors.  They are thinking about offering him a multi-year deal.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2013

The Eagles have not made any decisions on Darrell Rasner, Jim Heuser, Kenny Ray, and Brandon Duckworth.

Source: Sponichi 11/4/2013