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[11/23/2013] Hirokazu Ibata, Yasutomo Kubo

by on Nov.24, 2013 @ 2:55 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants may have wanted Hirokazu Ibata for three reasons: 1) he can play both second and short, 2) he will not cost a lot, and 3) he might be able to help Hayato Sakamoto.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/23/2013

According to Nikkan Sports, the Giants may have offered Ibata a salary of forty-five million yen plus incentives.  He has also reportedly passed his physical.

The move to Tokyo should also be beneficial for Ibata.  His wife is expecting their second child and is planning to deliver in Tokyo.  They have also been looking into private elementary schools in Tokyo for their son.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

GM Shigeru Takada may not be particularly happy with how much information Kiyoshi Nakahata gave out to the media after speaking to Yasutomo Kubo over the phone the other day.  Takada has been trying to keep details about negotiations with players quiet.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/23/2013