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[11/16/2013] FA Rumors: Kataoka, Kubo, Nakata, Ogasawara, Otake, Wakui, Yamazaki

by on Nov.16, 2013 @ 11:36 pm, under NPB

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes could go after Katsuki Yamazaki and Yasuyuki Kataoka with the money they no longer need to spend on Dae-Ho Lee.

Source: Sponichi 11/16/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks met Kan Otake at a hotel in Hiroshima today.  Team officials Kazuo Ogawa and Itaru Kobayashi represented Softbank.  The meeting lasted about ninety minutes over lunch.

Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2013

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Kenichi Nakata on his discussions with the Hawks

I could feel how much they wanted me to join them.  They think highly of me.  They told me that they needed me.  I feel like they are too good for me.  They offered me a very solid deal I could be happy with.

They said I should return to Fukuoka.  That left a strong impression on me.

I think I will continue to struggle with this decision.  I need to figure out where I want to pitch.  I want to go to the team I feel the strongest connection with.

Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2013

The Hawks may have offered Nakata a four-year deal worth 600 million yen.  Team officials Kazuo Ogawa and Itaru Kobayashi were at the meeting that took place at a restaurant on the 31st floor of a hotel in Nagoya.

Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2013

They may have offered a four-year deal worth 700 million yen (500 million base with up to 200 million in incentives).  The meeting took place at a French restaurant.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/16/2013, Sports Hochi 11/16/2013 

Or possibly four years at a max one billion yen.  The Hawks are also willing to re-assign uniform numbers so that he can continue to wear the number twenty.

Source: Sponichi 11/16/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/16/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

There is a good chance the Marines will sit down with Hideaki Wakui on the 19th.

Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2013

They could offer Wakui a two-year deal over 600 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/16/2013

Or two years at 440 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Sponichi 11/16/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles might offer Yasuyuki Kataoka a three-year worth over 450 million yen.

Source: Sponichi 11/16/2013

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The Eagles are scheduled to meet with Kataoka in Tokyo on the 17th and Kan Otake in Hiroshima on the 18th.

Source: Sponichi 11/16/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows are hoping they still have a shot with Kenichi Nakata.  The free agent met Softbank on Friday and will meet with Hanshin on Sunday.  Yakult will most likely meet him some time on or after the 20th.

Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

GM Shigeru Takada will be the main contact in negotiations with Yasutomo Kubo.  Takada is expected to reach out to the free agent some time early next week (on or after the 18th).

Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Why are the Dragons interested in Michihiro Ogasawara?  Tokyo Sports tries to guess.

Possible reason #1: Hiromitsu Ochiai and Ogasawara became close back when they both players for Nippon Ham.  Ochiai wanted to sign Ogasawara when he hit the free agent market after the 2006 season.  However, the owner told him the team could not afford to sign both Ogasawara and Tyrone Woods.  The organization was split.  Ochiai ultimately went with Woods and has felt bad ever since.

Possible reason #2: The team currently has sixty-three people on the seventy-man roster.  If they want to maintain their ability to have Ikusei players, they will need sixty-five players on the active roster by the end of November.  The Dragons are planning to re-sign Kenshin Kawakami and could also sign Takahito Kudo.  If Kenichi Nakata decides to leave, they will need a third player.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/16/2013

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According to Tokyo Sports, some in the Chunichi organization feel Nakata will choose the Hanshin Tigers for three reasons: better chance to win a spot in the starting rotation with Hanshin than Softbank because the Tigers really need arms while the Hawks have a number of alternatives; he likes to hit; he like to travel on the Shinkansen, does not really like planes.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/16/2013

The Tigers are worried that Nakata might end up staying with the Dragons because Hiromitsu Ochiai can be persuasive when necessary.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/16/2013

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants will begin meeting free agents on or after the 18th.  They are said to be interested in Kenichi Nakata, Kan Otake, and Yasuyuki Kataoka.

Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2013

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The Giants might offer Kataoka the number eight to show him how much respect they have for him as a player.  While Tatsunori Hara is not expected to attend any of the negotiations at this point in time, a letter from the former number eight and current manager of the Giants could be presented to the free agent during a meeting.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/16/2013

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The Giants have heard that the Softbank Hawks might offer Otake a four-year deal worth around one billion yen.  That is more than they thought he would sign for.  The Giants are also interested in Jason Standridge, but they have heard the Hawks are also planning to offer him a multi-year deal.

Source: ZakZak 11/16/2013

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