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[11/21/2013] FA Rumors: Nakata, Otake, Wakui

by on Nov.22, 2013 @ 1:22 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Former Hiroshima Carp Takahiro Aoki is ready to provide former teammate Kan Otake with whatever help he might need if he decides to sign with the Giants.

Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2013

A number of reports believe it is only a matter of time before Otake announces his decision to sign with the Giants.  Yomiuri may not have offered the biggest contract (three years at 500 million vs Softbank's four-year deal at a maximum 800 million and Rakuten's three-year deal at around 600 million), but their sincerity and proximity to his home town in Saitama was likely enough to offset the differences.  The phone conversation he had with Tatsunori Hara also apparently made a big impression.

Hara told Otake that he needed his help to win successive championships.  He also remembered an exhibition game from March 8, 2006 when the free agent, then twenty-two, tossed four shutout innings against them in the cold and was consistently throwing the fastball around 150km/h.

"Hara-kantoku remembered the game.  It seems he vividly remembers me working hard on the mound in the cold.  The moment he mentioned the game, I remembered.  I could not believe it.  I did not think he was watching the game and thinking that.  I was just so focused on what I was doing.  That just made me happy," Otake said to reporters during a post-negotiation press conference.

Source: Sponichi 11/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2013

Otake was not offered the number seventeen, but it is most likely being prepared for him.

Source: Sanspo 11/21/2013

Yakult Swallows

Junji Ogawa spoke to Kenichi Nakata over the phone for about ten minutes during Wednesday's negotiations with the Swallows.

Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2013

The Swallows may have offered Nakata a four-year deal worth close to 700 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/21/2013

Or they may have offered four years at 500 million yen.  The Swallows also gave Nakata fourteen bottles of Yakult products.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2013

ZakZak notes that Yakult might have been forced to raise their offer after seeing how much Softbank and Hanshin were willing to pay.  There may also be some in the organization that are wondering if he is really worth all the money he is getting offered.

Source: ZakZak 11/21/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tsutomu Ito told reporters that if Hideaki Wakui signs with the team, he will be considered a candidate for the opening day start.  He also hoped that the addition might help provide some friendly competition for Yoshihisa Naruse.

Source: Sponichi 11/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2013