The NPB requested a status check on Seung Hwan Oh (31), according to reports out of Korea.
From the Yonhap News Agency:
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league on Tuesday asked for Oh's status in the top South Korean league. The KBO said it informed the NPB that Oh, 31, is currently with the Samsung Lions, and the Lions are willing to negotiate a move for their pitcher.
... The Hanshin Tigers in the NPB's Central League are reportedly interested in Oh, whose destination for next season has been a subject of intense media speculation for most of 2013. Several scouts from MLB and NPB teams have attended the Lions' games this past season to get a closer look at the right-hander.
Source: Yonhap News Agency 11/20/2013
According to Sponichi, the Hanshin Tigers requested the status check. They are still in the process of negotiating a deal. As of now, they may be closing in on a two-year deal worth about 600 million yen (signing bonus and salary). The transfer fee will most likely push the total to about 900 million yen. Assuming the deal can be finalizing, the Tigers could end up spending close to one billion yen on Oh (the extra 100 million covers team expenses).
Source: Sponichi 11/21/2013