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[12/12/2013] Tomokazu Ohka, Munenori Kawasaki, Shunsuke Watanabe

by on Dec.12, 2013 @ 2:51 pm, under MLB

According to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi, Tomokazu Ohka will be signing a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

#BlueJays have verbal agreement on minor-league deal with Tomo Ohka, who is a knuckleballer now. May start at double-A New Hampshire

Source: Twitter 12/12/2013

However, there are at least two Japanese reports that indicate otherwise: Oka's agent spoke to reporters and said that Oka had received a minor league offer from another organization and that nothing had been finalized.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2013, Sponichi 12/12/2013

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The latest on Munenori Kawasaki, from the Toronto Sun's Bob Elliott:

... Kenta Yagi, who represents Munenori Kawasaki, is at the meetings and met with the Blue Jays officials on Tuesday.

... The popular Kawasaki is trying to decide on either returning to the Jays as a free-agent or heading home to play in Japan.

Source: Toronto Sun 12/10/2013 via Nikkan Sports 12/12/2013

Mark Pieper told reporters that returning to Japan was an option and that money was not always a deciding factor for Kawasaki.

Source: Sponichi 12/10/2013

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The Boston Red Sox are expected to sign Shunsuke Watanabe to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

Source: Sponichi 12/12/2013

Red Sox Stats is also reporting the deal.

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The Chicago Cubs will be keeping their eye on Kenta Maeda.  From CSNChicago's Patrick Mooney:

While waiting for the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes to begin, major-league sources said the Cubs have also put Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda and Korean right-hander Suk-Min Yoon on their radar.

... Maeda, 25, would be subjected to the posting system. He went 15-7 with a 2.10 ERA for the Hiroshima Carp last season, putting up 158 strikeouts against 40 walks in 175.2 innings.

Source: CSNChicago 12/10/2013 via Nikkan Sports 12/12/2013