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[11/28/2013] Esteban German, Aarom Baldiris, Masanori Ishikawa, Yomiuri Giants

by on Nov.29, 2013 @ 1:14 am, under NPB

Orix Buffaloes

The media learned on Wednesday that the Buffaloes are looking into Esteban German (35).

Source: Daily Sports 11/28/2013


The Buffaloes plan to extend negotiations with Aarom Baldiris into December.  Team official Ryuzo Setoyama is also scheduled to meet scouts in the US in early December.

Source: Daily Sports 11/28/2013

Baldiris made an estimated fifty million yen this season.  Orix may have offered him a two-year deal worth an estimated 200 million yen.  The front office is currently waiting to hear back from his agent.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/28/2013

According to Sponichi and Nikkan Sports, Baldiris' agent may have asked for close to double the amount Orix offered: two years at around 400 million yen.

Source: Sponichi 11/28/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/28/2013

Yakult Swallows

Masanori Ishikawa was in the final year of a four-year deal.  He will most likely sign a three-year contract extension with a variable salary.  His salary for 2014 could be an estimated 160 million yen, down forty million yen from this season.

Source: Sanspo 11/28/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

GM Shigeru Takada feels Yasutomo Kubo might not make a decision on where he wants to play until some time in December.

Source: Sanspo 11/28/2013

Yomiuri Giants

Yasuyuki Kataoka may seem like a redundant acquisition after the Hirokazu Ibata signing, but the Giants do have a reason for trying to secure both players.  In Kataoka, they see a player that can provide some stability at second base.  With Ibata, they see someone that might be able to help provide some depth at short behind Hayato Sakamoto while also providing other younger infielders with advice and support.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/28/2013

Sanspo notes that Ibata will fill three roles: right-handed bat off the bench, utility infielder, and back-up for Sakamoto at short.

Source: Sanspo 11/28/2013

Kataoka's parents want to see their son playing for the Yomiuri Giants.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/28/2013


The Giants will most likely offer Jose Lopez and Scott Mathieson contracts for the 2014 season.  They are undecided on John Bowker and Dennis Houlton.  They are keeping an eye on Jason Standridge.

Source: Sanspo 11/28/2013