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[11/13/2013] Rumors: Hanshin Tigers

by on Nov.14, 2013 @ 2:28 am, under NPB

Team officials met on Tuesday to discuss their off-season game plan.  Seung Hwan Oh remains a top priority, but the team wants to be prepared in case negotiations fall through.

Source: Daily Sports 11/13/2013

According to a Sports Hochi report filed Wednesday morning, team officials discussed the possible risk of go over their budget on spending, depending on how much they plan to use in their attempt to sign Oh.  The meeting on Tuesday may have been to consider other options, like Brian Falkenborg, in case Oh gets priced out of their range -- they have heard rumors that Samsung may demand a large transfer fee.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/13/2013

More recent reports, filed Wednesday evening, mention the Tigers making Oh their top priority and doing what they can to sign him.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/13/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/13/2013

Sanspo quotes a Kyunghyang Shinmun report that points out it could take about one billion yen to sign Oh -- that total includes salary (believed to be around 700 million yen) and transfer fee.  The original article, in Korean, can be found here.

Source: Sanspo 11/13/2013

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The Tigers are still not sure what to do about Jason Standridge.  The team is close to finalizing deals with Randy Messenger, Matt Murton, and Mauro Gomez.  These players will most likely fill three of the team's four foreign player slots on the active roster.  The fourth slot is expected to go to Oh.

Source: ZakZak 11/13/2013

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Hanshin could make an announcement about Gomez some time this week.  Once a deal is finalized, he will most likely stop playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic out of concern for injury.

Source: Sponichi 11/13/2013

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The Tigers may have been approached by Chang-Yong Lim, Tokyo Sports reports.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/13/2013