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[11/27/2013] Yomiuri meets Kataoka; Orix interested in Alex Cabrera; McGehee confident he can play in the States

by on Nov.28, 2013 @ 12:06 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

The Hanshin Tigers will continue keep their eye on the foreign market for additional help (focus on pitching) and are open to signing a fifth foreign player.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/27/2013, Sanspo 11/27/2013

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Team official Eiichi Takano told reporters that there were no new developments with Yasutomo Kubo and Kenichi Nakata.

Source: Sponichi 11/27/2013

Yomiuri Giants

The Yomiuri Giants met Yasuyuki Kataoka at a hotel in Tokyo on Wednesday.  They may have offered him a two-year deal worth about 300 million yen and the number eight.  Tatsunori Hara spoke to Kataoka over the phone during the meeting.  The Giants see him as their potential full-time second baseman.

Source: ZakZak 11/27/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Orix Buffaloes are looking into Alex Cabrera (41).  He is currently playing winter ball in Venezuela with Tiburones de La Guaira and is 53-for-132 in thirty-seven games with a slash line of .402/.487/.765.

There is some concern about Cabrera's age, but they like his power potential and the fact that he will not take up a slot as a foreign player.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/27/2013, MiLB profile

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Team director Ryuzo Setoyama will be heading to the US in early-December to help the team secure a foreign player that will fill the hole left by Dae-Ho Lee's departure.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2013

The Buffaloes offered Aarom Baldiris a multi-year deal.  Setoyama hinted on Wednesday that talks were not going well.

Source: Sponichi 11/27/2013

Seibu Lions

Team official Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters on Wednesday that there was a good chance Esteban German and Dennis Sarfate will not be returning next year since they have yet to hear back from them.  Other NPB have shown an interest in both players.

Soure: Sponichi 11/27/2013, Sports Hochi 11/27/2013

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The Lions are planning to select players plus money as compensation for losing Hideaki Wakui (rank A) and Yasuyuki Kataoka (rank B).

Source: Sponichi 11/27/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The latest on Casey McGehee, from the New York Daily News' Anthony McCarron:

"I enjoyed my time over there and we had a good run, winning the whole thing," McGehee said. "There's still part of me that's confident I can perform in the States and do what I did in Milwaukee again. I want to see what my choices are.

"I wouldn't regret going back to Japan, but I'd at least like to know if there's a chance here."

... "I finally had a year going where I was consistent and didn't have big drop-offs," McGehee said. "That was good for me. It just kind of confirmed things that I have to do to be successful and that part was really rewarding."

Source: New York Daily News 11/26/2013