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[12/4/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers

by on Dec.05, 2013 @ 2:27 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

ZakZak wonders if the multi-year deals the Giants are handing out to players (especially the ones with questionable health backgrounds, like Kan Otake and Yasuyuki Kataoka) will come back to hurt them.  They may already be feeling a little strain from the four-year deal they gave Toshiya Sugiuchi.

Source: ZakZak 12/4/2013

Yakult Swallows

Yoshinori Sato had surgery on his right shoulder in April.  He is currently throwing at seventy to eighty percent and is working on a change-up.

"I need to become a pitcher that can win.  I am a fastball pitcher, but it is not just about relying on velocity.  I have to think about how I can get hitters to get themselves out," Yoshinori said.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/4/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Pitching coach Yasuyuki Yamauchi would like Kenta Maeda to prepare himself during the off-season so that he is ready to toss a bullpen session on the first day of spring camp on February 1.  The same goes for all other pitchers.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/4/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Shintaro Fujinami received a thirty million yen raise during salary negotiations on Tuesday.  The forty-five million yen salary and the thirty million yen raise are third highest in NPB history for a player drafted out of high school in his second season -- behind Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2000 (fifty-seven million yen raise, seventy million yen salary) and Masahiro Tanaka in 2008 (forty-five million yen raise, sixty million yen salary).  It is also the highest raise received by a second-year player in franchise history -- the previous high of twenty-eight million yen was set by Norihiro Akahoshi when his salary went from twelve million to forty million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/4/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/4/2013

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There are some in the organization that think the team should be looking to next year's crop of free agents instead of doing something drastic this winter after losing out on Kenichi Nakata, Shinya Tsuruoka, and Yasutomo Kubo.

Source: ZakZak 12/4/2013