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[11/7/2013] Rumors: Seung Hwan Oh, Kenichi Nakata, Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Hanshin Tigers

by on Nov.08, 2013 @ 3:15 am, under NPB

Seung Hwan Oh

Oh is apparently interested in the Central League.  The Hanshin Tigers are currently the only team in the CL that has expressed an interest in him.  The Dragons were initially interested, but later pulled out.

Oh may be looking for a multi-year deal worth over 200 million yen a year.

Source: Daily Sports 11/7/2013

Kenichi Nakata (Chunichi Dragons)

The Yakult Swallows are planning to move quick on Nakata.  A number of teams, including Hashin, Softbank, and Rakuten, could be interested in the right-handed free agent.  To make sure they are competitive, Yakult will likely offer Nakata a multi-year deal with a possible promise to use him as a starter.

Source: Sanspo 11/7/2013

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Teams will be allowed to approach Nakata on the 15th.  The pitcher has already said that he plans to sit down with every team that has an interest in him and does not have a preference for which league he wants to pitch in.  There are at least three teams interested in him: Hanshin, Softbank, and Yakult.

Source: Sanspo 11/7/2013

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Nakata wants to field all offers and then compare them.  He does not have a preference for league or team location.  He does want to start.

Source: Sanspo 11/7/2013

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The Yomiuri Giants were interested in Hiroshima's Kan Otake, but since they are still not sure what he is planning to do with his FA option, they will look into Nakata.

Source: Daily Sports 11/7/2013

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The Hawks may have the best chance at signing Nakata because he is from Fukuoka and because they have plenty of money to throw at him.

Source: Sponichi 11/7/2013, Sponichi 11/7/2013

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants told reporters on Thursday they are taking a pass at Yasuyuki Kataoka.  Kataoka would fill a hole second, but the team has a number of possible options, like Daisuke Nakai, and will try to fill the position internally.  The organization is more interested in pitching.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/7/2013

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Michihiro Ogasawara has three options: take a salary cut and stay with the team, ask to be traded, or ask to be released.  It seems he is still not sure what he wants to do.

Source: ZakZak 11/7/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Head coach Shigekazu Mori will be in the Dominican Republic to scout talent.  One target is Manny Ramirez (he is supposed to play in the Winter League there).  Mori has heard rumors that Ramirez is interested in playing in Japan and would be willing to sign for between twenty and thirty million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 11/7/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The coaches have told the front office they would like at least one or two more starting pitchers.  The front office is planning to look into any free agent they feel might have a future with the team.

Source: Sanspo 11/7/2013

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A Yahoo Sports report, written by He Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken, mentions that Randy Messenger received a three-year offer from Hanshin worth up to fifteen million US dollars with incentives.  The report also notes that Messenger's agent is looking for at least two years at between eight and ten million US dollars from MLB teams, but has only received one-year deals, or one-year deals with an option.

Source: via Sanspo 11/7/2013 (had to use the Yahoo article since it was widely quoted by Sanspo and contains useful information about Messenger's offers)

According to Nikkan Sports, Messenger will wait for MLB offers until the 15th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2013

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Tomoyuki Kubota has decided not to exercise his domestic FA option.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2031

4 comments on “[11/7/2013] Rumors: Seung Hwan Oh, Kenichi Nakata, Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Hanshin Tigers

    1. Steve Novosel

      There’s a pretty contentious relationship between Passan and basically all NPB fans. There were some especially contentious arguments earlier in the year regarding Anraku.

      So I imagine it’s about that.

      Reply
    2. Gen Post author

      I usually don’t like to bring this stuff into my reporting, but unless I acknowledge it, I invariably get bashed for it. And honestly, there’s only so much of that I can take before it starts to become a serious “demotivator.”

      So, I figured I’d acknowledge that I *know* about the problems, but still need to quote the article for the facts that were used by a Sanspo article. I do now make it a point to avoid quoting his opinions.

      Reply
      1. Steve Novosel

        Gen, it’s your site – post what you want from who you want and ignore those who criticize you. You get a lot of readers now and there’s always going to be people who are critical in a crowd.

        I disagree with Passan on a lot of issues but I do read most of his articles and I had a fairly lengthy (and fruitful) discussion with him earlier in the year. Say what you will about him, he’s willing to engage people…

        Reply

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