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[11/14/2013] FA Rumors: Nakata, Tsuruoka, Otake, Yamazaki, Wakui, Kataoka, Kubo

by on Nov.14, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

The Softbank Hawks are expected to sit down with Kenichi Nakata, Shinya Tsuruoka, and Kan Otake.

Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2013, Sponichi 11/14/2013

The Hawks could offer Otake a four year deal worth a maximum one billion yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/14/2013

ZakZak reports that Tsuruoka will most likely choose Softbank over Hanshin because he wants to be closer to his home town in Kagoshima.  They also mention that the Orix Buffaloes are probably looking at Katsuki Yamazaki as a back-up catcher to Hikaru Ito.

Source: ZakZak 11/14/2013

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The Chiba Lotte Marines may end up being the only team that sits down with Hideaki Wakui.  The Rakuten Eagles were said to have some interest early on, but may have narrowed their choices down to Otake and Yasuyuki Kataoka.

Source: Sponichi 11/14/2013

The Marines could meet with Wakui some time early next week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2013

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The Yakult Swallows could offer Nakata the number seventeen, if he wants it.  The Hanshin Tigers are thinking about offering him a four-year deal.

Source: Sponichi 11/14/2013

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The Yokohama Bay Stars would like to sign at least one of the four pitchers that decided to exercise their FA options.  Yasutomo Kubo may be their top choice.  They plan to move quickly.

Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2013Daily Sports 11/14/2013, Sponichi 11/14/2013

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Hanshin Tigers' manager Yutaka Wada spoke to Kubo a number of times and told him he planned to use him as a starter next year.  Wada hopes he decides to stay.

Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2013

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The Yomiuri Giants could try to sign both Otake and Kataoka.  The front office was not always targeting Kataoka because they felt there were enough internal options, but Tatsunori Hara may have told team officials during a meeting on the 8th that he wanted more stability at second.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/14/2013

Tokyo Sports mentions a rumor that could have an effect on Kataoka's decision.  They published a report last month about the infielder's possible relationship with Fuji TV announcer Ayako Kato.  The paper heard from someone close to the situation that Kato told Kataoka that if he decides to leave the Lions, she wanted it to be for the Giants.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/14/2013

The Hawks are said to be the front-runner for Nakata's services because are close to his home town and have deep pockets, but the Giants are still said to be interested.

Source: Sponichi 11/14/2013