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[12/1/2013] Yasuyuki Kataoka tells media he plans to sign with Yomiuri

by on Dec.01, 2013 @ 4:51 pm, under NPB

Yasuyuki Kataoka (30) spoke to the media today and said that he planned to sign with the Yomiuri Giants.

Kataoka turned down offers made by the Rakuten Eagles and Orix Buffaloes on Sunday.  He also informed the Seibu Lions of his decision.

"I was a fan when I was a kid.  I wanted to make a decision I would not regret," Kataoka said.

Source: Daily Sports 12/1/2013, Sponichi 12/1/2013, Sports Hochi 12/1/2013

[UPDATE 12/9 @ 8:40pm]

The Giants held a press conference for Kataoka at a hotel in Tokyo today.  He signed a two-year deal worth an estimated 350 million yen.  He has been assigned the number eight.

Source: Daily Sports 12/9/2013