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[11/18/2013] FA Rumors: Kataoka, Nakata, Ogasawara, Otake, Tsuruoka, Wakui, Yamazaki

by on Nov.19, 2013 @ 2:41 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks may have offered Kenichi Nakata a four-year deal at 500 million yen plus, Kan Otake a four-year at a maximum 700 million yen, and may offer Shinya Tsuruoka a three- to four-year deal.

Since no other teams are rumored to be interested in Tsuruoka, primarily because everyone know he wants to play close to home, there is a chance he signs a deal on the same day he meets the Hawks for the first time on the 19th.

Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles met Kan Otake at a hotel in Hiroshima on Monday.  They may have offered the free agent a multi-year deal.  Team president Yozo Tachibana told reporters their offer may not have been as high as other teams and that they had to rely on their enthusiasm.

Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2013

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Yasuyuki Kataoka met the Eagles at a hotel in Tokyo on Sunday. He may have been offered a four-year deal at around 500 million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2013

Or three years at over 450 million yen.  If Kataoka signs with the team, Senichi Hoshino plans to make him an everyday player.

The icebreaker: the Eagles prepared cola and ice coffee for negotiations.  Kataoka was drinking the ice coffee and his class was beginning to run low.  Chief scout Hiroshi Abei accidentally poured cola into the glass and helped ease the tension.

Source: Sponichi 11/18/2013, Sponichi 11/18/2013, Sponichi 11/18/2013

Or three years at a maximum 500 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2013

Or three years at over 500 million yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2013

Negotiations took place at a hotel operated by Seibu Holdings.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/18/2013

Tokyo Sports notes that the Eagles might have a good shot at signing Kataoka because of his rumored relationship with Fuji TV announcer Ayako Kato.  While the relationship was initially said to be good for the Yomiuri Giants because Kato does not want to leave the Kanto region, the connections team president Yozo Tachibana and manager Senichi Hoshino have with members of the media and various talento could tip the scales in favor of the Eagles.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/18/2013

Sanspo points out that the Eagles may have a difficult time signing Kataoka because they already have Kazuo Matsui and Kazuya Fujita at second and short.  Kataoka wants playing time and might have an easier go at securing an everyday position with one of the other teams teams that are interested in him (Yomiuri, Chunichi, and Orix).

Source: Sanspo 11/18/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines announced on Monday that they will meet Hideaki Wakui in Tokyo on Tuesday. Team president Iekuni Nakamura and team director Nobuhira Hayashi are expected to attend.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2013

The Marines could offer Wakui a four-year deal at 440 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Sponichi 11/18/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes met Katsuki Yamazaki in Fukuoka on Monday.  Orix likely offered the free agent catcher a multi-year deal.

Yamazaki told reporters after negotiations that he received a good offer and that he felt positive about the way things went.

Orix is also planning to meet Yasuyuki Kataoka.

Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2013, Sports Hochi 11/18/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/18/2013

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The Buffaloes may be preparing to offer Kataoka a three-year deal, similar to what the Eagles may have offered.

Source: Sponichi 11/18/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers met Kenichi Nakata on Sunday. Their meeting took place at a Chinese food restaurant and lasted about ninety minutes. Nakata appeared fairly happy with negotiations and told reporters their offer was very good (said to include the number eighteen and a four-year deal at 500 million yen plus).

Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2013

Or four years at about 600 million yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2013

Or four years at 700 million yen.  The Hawks' offer may have been four years at 500 million yen with 200 million yen in incentives.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2013

Or four years at a maximum one billion yen.

Things that could help the Tigers: fourteen players and coaches are from the Kyushu area and could help Nakata make a smooth transition to living in Kansai; the team hospital for the pitching staff is located in Fukuoka.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/18/2013

According to Sponichi, while the Hawks may have offered a four-year deal worth a maximum one billion yen, a large part is tied up in incentives.  The yearly base salary the Tigers may have offered (four years at 600 million yen), may not be too far from Softbank's base figure.

Source: Sponichi 11/18/2013

GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters he felt it was fifty-fifty with Nakata.

Source: Sanspo 11/18/2013

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants are said to be interested in free agents Kan Otake, Kenichi Nakata, and Yasuyuki Kataoka.  However, they may be stalling a bit because they are already looking ahead at the list of possible free agents from next year and are trying to figure out just how much they should spend this winter.  All three players are being courted by teams with fairly deep pockets and the Giants may not want to overspend this year and miss out on some of the names that could hit the free agent market next year.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/18/2013

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Michihiro Ogasawara has still not received any phone calls from teams interested in signing him.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2013