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[11/11/2013] Rumors: Rakuten Eagles interested in Ibata, Kataoka

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

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

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Sponichi notes that the Eagles might also look into Yasuyuki Kataoka and Hideaki Wakui.

Source: Sponichi 11/11/2013