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[11/7/2013] Rumors: Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles

by on Nov.08, 2013 @ 3:07 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks are reportedly confident about their chances at signing Nippon Ham's Shinya Tsuruoka, even though a number of other teams, including Yokohama, have expressed interest.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/7/2013

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The Hawks are interested in Tsuyoshi Wada, but have heard that he is not planning to return to Japan and will, for the time being, give up their pursuit of him.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/7/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Sponichi feels Rakuten could be interested in Seibu's Yasuyuki Kataoka because he is an infielder that can hit.  The organization could also use make use of Kataoka's ability to play both middle infield positions and third -- he could give Kazuya Fujita and Kazuo Matsui breaks at second and short and perhaps become the next in line after Matsui; if Casey McGehee does not return, he could be an option at third.

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