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[11/17/2013] FA Rumors: Kataoka, Kubo, Nakata, Otake, Tsuruoka

by on Nov.17, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Kenichi Nakata met the Tigers at a hotel in Nagoya today.  They reportedly offered him the number eighteen and told him of their plans to use him as a starter.

Nakata met with Softbank on the 15th.  He told reporters today he received a phone call from the Yakult Swallows.

Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2013

The Tigers were initially planning to offer Nakata a four-year deal at about 400 million yen, but may have pushed the total package to 500 million after they decided to give up on Shinya Tsuruoka.  They may have also given the free agent re-assurances about life after retirement, living in Kansai, and what the organization can do for his mother living along in Kitakyushu (his father passed away six years ago).

Nakata could make an announcement of where he wants to play some time next week.

Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2013

The Tigers may have offered a four-year deal worth a maximum of about one billion yen.  Team president Eiichi Takano, GM Katsuhiro Nakamura, and assistant GM Satoshi Shimamura were at the meeting.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2013

If Nakata has a particular preference for mound types, the Koshien Stadium grounds crew are willing to make the adjustments, so long as the requests are within reason (and within the rules).  They have asked other pitchers on the staff, like Randy Messenger and Atsushi Nomi, for requests.

Source: Sanspo 11/17/2013

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Yasutomo Kubo plans to sit down with Hanshin before meeting other teams.  The Tigers have already made it known that they plan to use him as a starter next season.  They may have also offered him a two-year deal.

Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2013

Kubo is planning four things: 1) his agent will handle all negotiations; 2) negotiations will begin with Hanshin, after that, he is open to talking to any of the NPB teams; 3) he does not care if he starts or relieves, he just wants to pitch and help his team win; and 4) he will attend the Tigers' Fan Appreciation Day on the 23rd.

Source: Sponichi 11/17/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks met with Kan Otake in Hiroshima on Saturday.  Their meeting lasted about eighty minutes.  They may have offered him a four-year deal worth a maximum 700 million yen.  The organization is willing to let him do his own thing to prepare for the 2014 season, out of concern for his right shoulder -- he knows best what he needs to do.

Otake is scheduled to meet Rakuten on the 18th.

Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2013

Or four years at a maximum 800 million yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2013

Or four years at a maximum one billion yen.  Incidentally, Hiroshima offered him a one-year deal worth 140 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/17/2013

Sponichi is also reporting four years at a maximum one billion yen.

Source: Sponichi 11/17/2013

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The Hawks will meet Shinya Tsuruoka in Sapporo on the 19th.

Source: Sponichi 11/17/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Yasuyuki Kataoka met team officials at a hotel in Tokyo today.  The meeting lasted about 100 minutes.  He was reportedly offered a multi-year deal.

Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2013