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[11/13/2013] Munenori Kawasaki, Shunsuke Watanabe, Manny Ramirez

by on Nov.13, 2013 @ 3:12 pm, under MLB

The latest on Munenori Kawasaki -

From the Toronto Sun's Steve Buffery:

The Japanese media also asked about Munenori Kawasaki, who was a huge fan favourite in Toronto last season, though the Jays declined his $1 million contract option on Oct. 31, making him a free agent.

"Right now, he's going to explore some other options, but we're definitely leaving the door open for him to come back," said Anthopoulos, adding that he believes Kawasaki deserves a major league contract.

"I don't know if we'll be able to give him that, but definitely he deserves whatever comes his way," said the GM. "He's a great teammate, a great person, he had a good season for us and Toronto and all of Canada fell in love with him."

Source: Toronto Sun 11/12/2013

From Sports Net's Shi Davidi:

Munenori Kawasaki may not be done with the Blue Jays after all. The unique and beloved infielder had his $1 million option for 2014 declined last month and there was talk he was eyeing a return to Japan. But another possibility is that he accepts another minor-league deal from the Blue Jays, albeit one that comes with a higher base salary than the $600,000 he collected while at triple-A Buffalo this season.

Source: Sports Net 11/11/2013

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Shunsuke Watanabe spent about two hours working out in Yokohama on Tuesday.  He tossed 150 pitches in the bullpen and used and MLB baseball.  He already contacted his former manager, Bobby Valentine, to let him know of his decision.  He has turned to Speed Learning for his English studies.

Source: Sanspo 11/13/2013, Sponichi 11/13/2013

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Oakland A's assistant GM David Forst believes Hiroyuki Nakajima should think about becoming a utility player.

Source: Sponichi 11/13/2013

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The latest on Manny Ramirez and Japan -

From the NY Daily News:

Manny Ramirez isn't finished with baseball yet.

At least that's what his agent, Barry Praver, said Monday at the General Managers meetings, saying the 41-year-old wants to play somewhere in 2014.

"He's interested in continuing his career, whether it be with a major-league organization or in Japan," Praver said. "He's serious. He's got a tremendous love of the game. He loves playing."

Source: NY Daily News 11/13/2013

Multiple media sources in Japan also mention Praver saying that Ramirez loves Japan, is interested in playing in the NPB, and would not mind a one-year deal.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2013, Sanspo 11/13/2013, Daily Sports 11/13/2013