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[11/10/2013] Rumors: Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.11, 2013 @ 2:45 am, under NPB

Seibu Lions

Yokohama senryokugai Hichori Morimoto (32) is scheduled to attend a tryout with Seibu during fall camp in Miyazaki.

Source: Sponichi 11/10/2013

Morimoto tweeted the following message on Sunday:

How lucky.  I have been invited to attend a tryout with the Seibu Lions at their fall camp.
I will travel to Miyazaki tomorrow and join them at Nango camp!
I will do my best!

Source: Twitter 11/10/2013

Orix Buffaloes

According to recent reports, the Orix Buffaloes are planning to sign Yoshitomo Tani (40).  The Buffaloes are looking for a right-handed bat and they feel Tani still has a some gas left in the tank.

"Right-handed hitting is something we are looking for.  He can still hit at forty years of age.  He started his career with Orix and he is an established veteran.  His experience with Yomiuri will be a good example for our young players," a team official said.

Tani dropped by Giants Stadium on Sunday to say his goodbyes and to thank the organization for the last seven years.  He also spoke to reporters and said, "I am still not sure [what will happen].  It will be nice if I can find a place to play."

One of Tani's goals is to reach 2,000 hits before he retires.

Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2013Daily Sports 11/10/2013, Sports Hochi 11/10/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars are interested in former Seibu Lion Esteban German (35).  They like that he can play multiple positions (second, third, and the outfield) and feel his addition will strengthen the infield.  This could help play into the team's possible attempt to shift Takayuki Kajitani to the outfield, or provide some competition at third.

Source: Sponichi 11/10/2013

7 comments on “[11/10/2013] Rumors: Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes, Yokohama Bay Stars

  1. muratafan

    Why on earth did the Lions let go of German?

    He lead the PL in walks and OBP and had the 3rd highest batting average in the PL.

    Was German too expensive? Sometimes NPB’s treatment of suketto is pretty weird, to say the least.

    1. Gen Post author

      I think the Lions wanted German back, but he refused and said he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do yet. It’s possible something else happened that made him want to leave, but as AFAIK, he liked playing for Seibu (at least that is what has been mentioned in the media).

      It seems like the Lions are tightening their belts in preparation for the next off-season when Sumitani, Kuriyama, Kishi, and Nakamura become potential free agents. It partially explains why they have not really tried hard to keep Wakui and Kataoka (although with Waku-waku, there are other reasons).

      1. muratafan

        Thanks Gen. That makes a bit more sense, but Seibu’s off-season decisions this year have been a head scratcher. The fire their manager after they (a) came back from a huge regular season hole to obtain home playoff advantage from Lotte in the exact same year that (b) they lose Nakajima and Nakamura was hurt for a large part of the season.

        Chunichi has REALLY tightened the belt this off-season and it looks as though Seibu is doing the same.

        1. Gen Post author

          Well, technically, Watanabe stepped down, but yeah, the front office may have ended up letting him go if he didn’t tender his resignation. I think there were some in the organization that felt things were becoming too… samey? And that players weren’t getting motivated properly. It makes sense in some ways. Watanabe was manager for five years and players are bound to get comfortable and fall into some sort of a repetitive rut/pattern. And it becomes increasingly more difficult to make big changes, unless the team totally tanks.

          But put in a new manager and you have an excuse to do things that you may not have been able to do in previous years.

          I think Seibu’s in a really tough spot right now. Like you said, they lost Nakajima and then Nakamura was hurt this season. And they may end up losing Wakui and Kataoka this winter. And who knows what happens next winter.

          I think they saw the writing on the wall and felt they had to do something extreme. It’ll be interesting to see how things turn out over the next couple of seasons. That also includes how this year’s draft selections develop. It’s too early to tell how they will end up, but with their first two selections, they picked possible replacements for Sumitani (Mori) and Nakamura (Yamakawa). Obviously, a lot can happen to new draft prospects (they don’t pan out, injuries, position changes), but I can’t help but think they were thinking ahead to next winter with some of the picks they made.

      2. Steve Novosel

        Ginjiro will be a FA next year? Man how time flies.

        That’s certainly a lot of names to keep in the fold and a whole lot of salary bumps for most of those guys.

        1. Gen Post author

          Yeah, assuming he doesn’t get bumped to Ni-gun. Unofficially, I read that he’s at seven years and five days, so he would have to be on the active roster for pretty much the entire season to make it (one year = 145 days).

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