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[11/5/2013] Rumors: Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles

by on Nov.06, 2013 @ 1:44 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

The media learned on Monday that Toshinori Asanuma is planning to end his career.  He was senryokugai'ed by the team on October 25 and after thinking it over, informed the team he wanted to retire.  He has been offered a job in the organization and will most likely take it.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2013

Seibu Lions

Six players will be able to exercise their FA options over the next two winters: Hideaki Wakui, Yasuyuki Kataoka, Ginjiro Sumitani, Takayuki Kishi, Takeya Nakamura, and Takumi Kuriyama.  With Wakui, the Lions may have decided early on that it was not worth re-signing him because of the cost and his desire to be a starter when the current coaching staff was looking at him more as a closer.  He was also involved in a scandal that caused problems for the parent company.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/5/2013

Softbank Hawks

Katsuki Yamazaki is still not sure what he plans to do with his FA option.  The Hawks have already offered him a multi-year deal.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2013

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The Hawks might end up spending about 3.5B yen this off-season.

Players the organization is interested: former players Tsuyoshi Wada and Munenori Kawasaki, Nippon Ham's Shinya Tsuruoka, Chunichi's Kenichi Nakata, Hiroshima's Kan Otake, Orix's Dae-Ho Lee, and Nippon Ham's Brian Wolfe.

Source: Sponichi 11/5/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Andruw Jones (36) and Jim Heuser (29) are interested in returning next season.  Both players left Japan out of Narita Airport on Tuesday.

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2013

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Kenny Ray (38) left for the US on Tuesday out of Narita Airport.  Before leaving, he joked about his mask.

"I usually keep it [in my backpack] but I put it with the luggage when I checked-in. ... I thought about wearing it as I left the country, but then they might take it... So I decided not to," Ray said.

He added, "I think some people may have learned about me because of the mask.  Even after I am fully healed, I think I would like to wear it again next year. ... There may be people out there that do not recognize me without it."

Ray would like to return to Rakuten next year.

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2013

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Daisuke Kato (33) was senryokugai'ed by Rakuten on Monday.  He still wants to play and is planning to attend the twelve-team tryouts later this month.

Source: Sponichi 11/5/2013

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The Eagles are looking into Jason Standridge (34) and Brian Wolfe (32).

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2013