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[12/10/2013] Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Dec.10, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Seibu Lions

Tokyo Sports wonders if Seibu's decision not to offer Ginjiro Sumitani a multi-year deal this off-season will result in his departure next winter through free agency.  It may have been by design though -- the Lions may have decided they wanted to keep Takeya Nakamura (signed multi-year deal on Monday), Takayuki Kishi (signed multi-year deal today), and Takumi Kuriyama (agreed to 200 million yen plus incentives for 2014, finishing out the second year of a two-year deal) while basically giving up on the others, Yasuyuki Kataoka, Hideaki Wakui, and Sumitani.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/10/2013


Yasuyuki Kataoka visited team headquarters in Tokorozawa today to say his goodbyes.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2013

Softbank Hawks

Kodai Senga told the organization during salary negotiations on Monday that he wanted to start.

"I informed them that I wanted to start.  In my heart, I hope to start next season.  I came up as a starter.  Relieving does have its moments, but I would like to start," Senga said.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2013


Shota Takeda had problems with his right shoulder this season.  He has been doing various exercises to improve his overall strength.  He pushed his weight from seventy-nine kilograms to eighty-six kilograms and is doing long distance throwing at about one hundred meters.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2013

Rakuten Eagles

According to Tokyo Sports, Masahiro Tanaka was really looking forward to the championship trip to Hawaii and is apparently feeling pretty bummed about not being able to go.  Additionally, his wife's management company, Up-Front Promotion, was concerned about the potential paparazzi coverage.

An interesting note: the Japanese media was planning to limit their interaction with Tanaka and his wife to just the first day, out of respect for the couple.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/10/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

According to ZakZak, the Chiba Lotte Marines could hit the market next year.  Lixil, a company that was interested in purchasing the Yokohama Bay Stars, is rumored to be a top candidate.

Source: ZakZak 12/10/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes may have offered Chihiro Kaneko a three-year deal worth 600 million yen during salary negotiations on Monday.  Talks with the team lasted about seventy minutes.  He decided not to agree to anything because he wanted more time to think and sort through his options (he is slated to earned his domestic FA option next year).

Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2013