The Eagles have Kazuo Matsui and Kazuya Fujita at short and second, respectively, but neither are expected to play out full seasons based on either age and/or durability issues. As such, they looking for someone that can handle both middle infield positions and potentially provide Senichi Hoshino with alternate options when Matsui or Fujita need a break (or go down with injuries). Chunichi's Hirokazu Ibata (38) could be an option.
Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2013
Sponichi notes that the Eagles might also look into Yasuyuki Kataoka and Hideaki Wakui.
Source: Sponichi 11/11/2013