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[11/17/2013] Rumors: Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.18, 2013 @ 3:45 am, under NPB

Seibu Lions

The Lions are planning to give Tsuyoshi Takashima a tryout during fall camp.

Takashima was selected by Orix in the 4th round of the 2008 draft.  He was senryokugai'ed in October 2011.  He signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers in April this year (21 G, 6-for-41, .146/.222/.244).

Source: Sponichi 11/17/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles are interested in Jason Standridge, regardless of what happens with Masahiro Tanaka.  The organization wants more dependable starting pitchers since they only had two this season (Tanaka and Takahiro Norimoto).  There are other pitchers in the organization that could step up next season, but the Eagles are uncomfortable with having so many questions marks in the starting rotation, especially since Tanaka is also an unknown at this point.

Source: Sponichi 11/17/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows are reportedly close to finalizing a deal with Hiroki Sanada.  He is expected to undergo a physical within the next few days.  An announcement will likely follow, assuming no problems are found.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Samsung contacted the Tigers on Saturday to inform them that they were too pre-occupied with the Asia Series and would not be able to make decision on Seung Hwan Oh until the Series was over.  Hanshin is prepared to wait at least until then.

Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2013

GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters negotiations on Friday were at fifty-fifty.  He felt a little better on Saturday and upgraded his outlook to sixty-forty.  He apparently felt a more positive vibe from Oh's agent.

Source: Sanspo 11/17/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars have an interest in Brian WolfeJason Standridge, and Dennis Houlton and could attempt to sign one of the three.

Source: Sponichi 11/17/2013

General

Sportsnet.ca's Ben Nicholson-Smith tweeted that Wily Mo Pena will likely sign with a team in Japan.  NESN's Ricky Doyle followed it up with this report:

... Pena has spent the last two years in Japan playing for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball. He hit .233 (35-for-150) with one home run and 16 RBIs in just 55 games in 2013, but hit .280 with 21 homers and 76 RBIs in 130 games in 2012.

The best fit for Pena seemingly is in Japan, as the outfielder struggled to stick at the major league level despite tremendous raw power. Pena hit 26 home runs in 110 games with the Reds in 2004 and 19 in 99 games in 2005 before being dealt to the Red Sox in exchange for Bronson Arroyo prior to the 2006 season. He hit .301 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs in 84 games with Boston in 2006, but was later shipped to the Nationals in August of 2007, at which point his big league career really began to fizzle out.

Source: NESN.com 11/12/2013