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[11/5/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.06, 2013 @ 1:55 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Sponichi believes the Giants may go after veteran Hirokazu Ibata (38) to fill their hole at second base next year.

Source: Sponichi 11/5/2013

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John Bowker was sent off at the airport by his girlfriend on Monday (she is reportedly a Japanese-American model).  Before leaving, Bowker said to reporters, "Being able to play for Yomiuri next year would be the best for me."

Source: Sponichi 11/5/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Yoshiyuki Ishihara met with team officials at Mazda Stadium on Tuesday and once again held off on making a final decision.  This was his second meeting with the team.  Ishihara told reporters it was not a money issue and that he just needed more time to think.

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2013

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Kan Otake's meeting with the front office on Monday was likely his last (the two sides met three times).  It will now be up to Otake to decide what he wants to do with his option.

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers are interested in Chunichi's Kenichi Nakata and Nippon Ham's Shinya Tsuruoka.  They are particularly interested in Nakata because they are looking for arms for the starting rotation and because he is a level C free agent (no compensation).

Source: Sanspo 11/5/2013

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According to Daily Sports, discussions between the Tigers and the Washington Nationals for Mauro Gomez are going well.  Assuming no bumps in negotiations, an announcement could be made some time later this month.

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2013

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The Tigers are interested in Munenori Kawasaki, regardless of whether or not Takashi Toritani stays with the team.  The organization likes Kawasaki because he can play multiple infield positions and is a solid runner on the base paths.

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2013

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Toritani does have an interest in playing in the Majors, but is expected to re-sign with the Tigers.

Source: Sanspo 11/5/2013

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Yuya Ando has spoken to the front office once.  He is scheduled to meet with them again some time this week.  He told reporters that all he did was listen during his first meeting with the team and that he planned to discuss things during his second meeting.

Source: Sponichi 11/5/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars are interested in Hanshin's Yasutomo Kubo and could approach him if he decides to exercise his FA option.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2013

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