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[12/16/2013] Masahiro Tanaka News and Notes

by on Dec.16, 2013 @ 9:18 pm, under NPB

Masahiro Tanaka worked out at Kleenex Stadium on Friday for the first time since the 10th.  After finishing, and before leaving, he briefly spoke to reporters and reiterated that he had nothing new to say because there were no changes in his situation.

Tanaka was also at Kleenex Stadium for workouts on Saturday and Sunday.

Rakuten Eagles' President Yozo Tachibana has been in Tokyo since his return from the United States.  He will most likely head to Sendai once the new agreement becomes official.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/14/2013, Daily Sports 12/14/2013, Daily Sports 12/15/2013, Daily Sports 12/16/2013

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According to Sponichi, the Rakuten Eagles may have determined that it makes more sense for them to hold on to Tanaka this year and consider posting him next year, based on what they know of the new posting system agreement.  They may even promise to post him next year if he agrees to stay another year.

Source: Sponichi 12/16/2013, Sponichi 12/16/2013

The Eagles voiced their disapproval of the new agreement during today's executive committee meeting, but it still passed with the majority of teams in approval (they were likely the only team against).  Tachibana will most likely meet with Tanaka to confirm his desires before beginning internal discussions.

Source: Sponichi 12/16/2013