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[11/6/2013] Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers

by on Nov.07, 2013 @ 3:30 am, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows are interested in Chunichi's Kenichi Nakata and will likely approach him as soon as he becomes a free agent.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2013


Junji Ogawa has told the front office that he would like more help at shortstop.  Munenori Kawasaki could be a target if he decides to return to Japan.

Source: Sanspo 11/6/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Yoshiyuki Ishihara plans to make a decision on his FA option by early next week.

Source: Daily Sports 11/6/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Randy Messenger's agent, Matt Sosnick, spoke to Sankei Sports and said, "He is thinking about returning to Hanshin.  We feel we can reach an agreement with Hanshin, and right now we are waiting to hear back from them.  But we are also thinking about waiting to see what kind of offers we get from MLB teams.  The biggest thing for Randy is, which teams treats him right."

Sosnick also said, "He feels a strong bond with the team and the Hanshin fans.  That is why we would like to see Randy play for Hanshin for a long time."

Note: the quotes were Japanese translated from English, which I translated back to English, so there is bound to be some oddities or missing bits.

Source: Sanspo 11/6/2013


Chunichi's Kenichi Nakata could be a top priority since the team is looking for pitchers.

The Tigers are also interesting in Nippon Ham's Shinya Tsuruoka.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2013


According to Nikkan Sports, the Tigers may have to go with Mauro Gomez at first since he has not had a lot of time at third.  That could mean competing against Takahiro Arai for the everyday job.  The loser might end up having to move to third, although Arai physically may not be able to (he has had problems with his throwing shoulder).

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2013

Sanspo mentions that the Tigers might give Gomez a look at third, depending on team circumstances.

Source: Sanspo 11/6/2013

A team official told reporters on Wednesday that the Tigers were close to finalizing a deal for Gomez and that the only thing left was for the team to work out the final remaining details with the Washington Nationals.

Source: Sponichi 11/7/2013