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[11/19/2013] FA Rumors: Kataoka, Kubo, Nakata, Otake, Tsuruoka, Wakui

by on Nov.20, 2013 @ 2:29 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants announced that they will meet Kan Otake in Hiroshima on the 20th.

Yomiuri is looking for a fourth pitcher to follow Tetsuya Utsumi, Tomoyuki Sugano, and Toshiya Sugiuchi in the starting rotation.  Daily Sports believes Yomiuri could become Otake's first choice because he wants to play closer to his home town in Saitama.

Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2013Daily Sports 11/19/2013

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The Giants may back off Kenichi Nakata since they feel there is a good chance he will end up with Softbank.  For the time being, they will most likely focus all their efforts on Otake.

Source: Sponichi 11/19/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows are scheduled to meet Kenichi Nakata in Nagoya on the 20th.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Kenichi Nakata spoke to Daily Sports on Monday and said that he had a difficult time sleeping after meeting the Tigers on Sunday because he was so excited about what they told him.  The Tigers offered the free agent the number eighteen and what may have been a four-year deal worth 500 million yen.  They also told him that they wanted his help in taking down the Yomiuri Giants.

Nakata also said he was having a difficult time trying to figure out where he wanted to play because the Hawks offered a solid deal as well.  He still has to meet with the Yakult Swallows before making a final decision.  He plans to use the rest of the month to sort through his options and hopes to make some sort of an announcement early next month.

Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2013

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Yasutomo Kubo met the Tigers at the team offices in Hyogo on Tuesday for about thirty minutes.  When speaking to reporters, Kubo admitted Hanshin sweetened their initial offer and that he felt wanted by the team.  He said he did not want to take too much time in making his decision because he knew teams had to make decisions on other players for the 2014 season.

GM Katsuhiro Nakamura was not really sure how to feel about negotiations.  He said he apologized to the free agent for trying to convert him to a closer this past season because he was not sure if it was a good decision.

Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2013, Daily Sports 11/19/2013

While Kubo would like to start, his biggest concern is whether or not he will be given the opportunity to pitch.  The Tigers were relieved to hear that he was not stuck on starting.

Source: Sanspo 11/19/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kiyoshi Nakahata is more than willing to help the team recruit Yasutomo Kubo during negotiations.

Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2013

Softbank Hawks

Shinya Tsuruoka met the Hawks at a hotel in Sapporo on Tuesday.  Their meeting lasted about an hour.  The Hawks are considered to be the front-runners.

Source: Sanspo 11/19/2013

The Hawks may have offered Tsuruoka a four-year deal worth 500 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles may have offered Kan Otake three years at 500 million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2013

Or a three-year deal between 500 and 700 million yen.

Source: Sanspo 11/19/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Team officials met Hideaki Wakui at a hotel in Tokyo on Tuesday.  Specific terms were not discussed, but Lotte did tell Wakui they wanted to use him as a starting pitcher.  They also gave the free agent a message from Tsutomu Ito.

Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2013

The Marines could be preparing a base two-year deal worth a total 600 million yen.

Source: Sanspo 11/19/2013

Or a two-year deal worth 440 million yen plus incentives.  The Marines only see Wakui as a starter.

Source: Sponichi 11/19/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes met Yasuyuki Kataoka in Tokyo on Tuesday.  Talks between the two sides lasted about an hour and forty minutes.  Kataoka seemed pleased with how discussions went and said he needed more time to think.

Source: Sponichi 11/19/2013

Kataoka may have been offered a three-year deal worth over 500 million yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2013

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Orix may have offered Katsuki Yamazaki a three-year deal worth 150 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2013

The Buffaloes will likely meet Yamazaki again on the 25th.  If things go well, the organization might be able to make an announcement shortly thereafter.

Source: Sponichi 11/20/2013