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[11/23/2013] Rumors: Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Orix Buffaloes, Yomiuri Giants, Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp

by on Nov.23, 2013 @ 7:11 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Sponichi believes Kan Otake will sign with the Yomiuri Giants.  They also believe that the Hawks will now turn their attention to Jason Standridge.

Source: Sponichi 11/21/2013

The Hawks could be preparing a two-year deal worth about 500 million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 11/22/2013

The Hawks could go after both Standridge and Brian Wolfe.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2013

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The Hawks are planning to sign Yokohama senryokugai Takeshi Hosoyamada and Rakuten senryokugai Koki Kanno to Ikusei contracts.

Source: Daily Sports 11/23/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Senichi Hoshino plans to focus on securing a closer.  He will most likely check footage and reports on foreign pitchers when he visits the team office on Saturday.

Source: Sponichi 11/23/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes are interested in Munenori Kawasaki, but how hard they try to go after him could depend on how things work out with Yasuyuki Kataoka.

Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2013

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants are interested in Hirokazu Ibata.  A contract has not yet been struck, but the two side are believed to be closing in on an agreement.

Source: Daily Sports 11/22/2013

The Giants began looking into Ibata the moment he parted ways with Chunichi.  The veteran infielder could get a physical somewhere close to Tokyo within the next few days.  Yomiuri will finalize an agreement with Ibata if the results are ok.  That could put an announcement by the team somewhere early next week.

Source: Sponichi 11/23/2013

Sanspo has heard that Ibata is so intent on playing and making the Dragons regret their decision to cut him that he might even be willing to sign for as low as twenty-five million yen.

Source: Sanspo 11/23/2013

According to ZakZak, the Giants may have decided to go with Ibata over Seibu's Yasuyuki Kataoka.

Yomiuri is trying to fill a hole at second with whichever player they go after.  But they also have a number of candidates in the organization.  Signing Ibata would still give those candidates a shot, while signing Kataoka would effectively block everyone from getting a chance.  The Giants are also fairly stocked at all their levels, which means there is a good chance they will lose a fairly decent player if they sign Kataoka.  Since Ibata was released, he does not require any compensation.

Source: ZakZak 11/22/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows have reportedly signed Hiroki Sanada and will make an announcement early next week.

Source: Sanspo 11/23/2013

Hiroshima Carp

When speaking to Hiroki Kuroda over the phone, team director Kiyoaki Suzuki casually mentioned that they would pay him 300 million yen (plus incentives) if he returned to Hiroshima next year.  Kuroda's old number fifteen will also remain unused in case he wants to return.

Source: Daily Sports 11/22/2013