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[11/20/2013] FA Rumors: Kataoka, Kubo, Nakata, Tsuruoka, Wakui

by on Nov.21, 2013 @ 1:47 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Shinya Tsuruoka told reporters after his meeting with the Hawks on Tuesday that he was prepared to live away from his family in Sapporo for one year, but ultimately hoped they would follow.

The Hawks may have offered the free agent a four-year deal worth 400 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2013

Or a four-year deal worth 500 milllion yen plus incentives.

Tsuruoka recalled watching a Hawks game in Fukuoka when he was a junior high school student and said he was happy to receive an offer from the team.  He also attended a tryout with the Hawks when he played for the Industrial League Mitsubishi Juko Yokohama team.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/20/2013

Or a three-year deal worth a total 300 million yen.

Source: Sanspo 11/20/2013

"I know [Kyushu] but my wife is from Sapporo.  They were concerned about my family and asked if I might be worried about moving.  For now, I will live away from my family for a year.  Hopefully, they will move at some point," Tsuruoka said during a press conference after negotiations with Softbank on Tuesday.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/20/2013

Tsuruoka's wife is pregnant with the couple's third child.  She is due to deliver in January next year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

If things go well, Hideaki Wakui and the Marines could arrive at an agreement during their next meeting.  Contract specifics were not discussed during the first meeting on Tuesday, but Lotte could offer the free agent a two-year deal worth 440 million yen plus incentives when the two sides meet again.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2013

Three officials met Wakui on Tuesday: Iekuni Nakamura (president), Nobuhira Hayashi (director), and Naoki Matsumoto (baseball operations).

Source: Sponichi 11/20/2013

The meeting took place around lunch time, but it was not conducted over lunch, just a cup of coffee that cost about 1,000 yen and some water.

Source: Sanspo 11/20/2013

ZakZak wonders if the addition of Wakui this year will lead to the departure of Yoshihisa Naruse next year (Naruse is slated to earn his domestic FA option in 2014).

Source: ZakZak 11/20/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes may have offered Yasuyuki Kataoka a four-year deal worth over 500 million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2013

Or a three-year deal worth 500 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/20/2013

Or a three-year deal worth over 500 million yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2013

Team director Ryuzo Setoyama told reporters on Wednesday that they offered Kataoka a multi-year deal and told him they wanted to make him their every day second baseman.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/20/2013

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants spoke to Ryota Katsuki about the number seventeen and received the ok sign to give it Kan Otake.  Yomiuri could offer Otake a three-year deal worth a maximum 500 million yen (includes signing bonus and incentives).

Otake may have received a four-year deal worth one billion yen from Softbank and a three-year deal worth 600 million yen from Rakuten.

Source: Sponichi 11/20/2013

Team officials met Otake at a hotel in Hiroshima on Wednesday.  They may have offered the free agent a three-year deal worth over 500 million yen.  The meeting lasted about ninety minutes.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2013

Tatsunori Hara spoke to Otake over the phone during the meeting.

Source: Sponichi 11/20/203

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows met Kenichi Nakata in Nagoya on Wednesday and told him they wanted him to become the next pitcher to wear the number seventeen, a number the Swallows feel is their "ace" number.  Nakata also had a chance to speak to Junji Ogawa over the phone.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/20/2013

The meeting took place at a Chinese food restaurant.  There were eight dishes.  The price per person was about 12,000 yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2013

The Swallows may have offered Nakata a four-year deal worth 500 million yen (includes incentives).

Source: Sanspo 11/20/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The media learned on Tuesday that Yutaka Wada had called Kenichi Nakata on the phone before Hanshin officials met him in Nagoya on the 17th.  The call only lasted a few minutes, but Wada made sure Nakata knew just how much he was needed.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2013

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The Tigers may have offered Yasutomo Kubo a two-year deal with a 2014 salary of 120 million yen.  Kubo made an estimated 120 million yen this year.  Hanshin originally planned to cut his salary, but "sweetened" their offer by keeping it at the same level as this year.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/203

Or they offered a two-year deal worth 250 million yen, which could be up from a two-year 200 million yen deal they proposed before Kubo decided to exercise his FA option.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars plan to keep negotiations with Yasutomo Kubo private.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2013