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[11/11/2013] Rumors: Kenichi Nakata, Michihiro Ogasawara, Shinya Tsuruoka

by on Nov.12, 2013 @ 2:22 am, under NPB

Kenichi Nakata - Class C Free Agent
Shinya Tsuruoka - Class B Free Agent

  • According to Sanspo, the Tigers have narrowed down their targets to Nakata and Tsuruoka.  The coaching staff has asked the front office for one or two more starters.  Nakata is the most appealing because he is a class C free agent and will not require any compensation to sign.  A number of other teams, including Softbank and Yakult, are also expected to approach Nakata.  The Tigers were also considering Softbank's Katsuki Yamazaki, but are more interested in Tsuruoka for his experience, which also includes working with Yu Darvish. [Sanspo 11/11/2013]

Michihiro Ogasawara - Class C Free Agent

  • The Yomiuri Giants thought about releasing Ogasawara, but felt that was not the appropriate way for an established and well-liked veteran to depart from the team.  They were open to trading him, but he ultimately opted for free agency instead. [Daily Sports 11/11/2013]
  • The Chunichi Dragons are interested in Ogasawara and could offer him a deal worth about twenty million yen (down from the seventy million he made this past season). [Daily Sports 11/11/2013]