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[12/19/2013] Rakuten to send Teppei to Orix for M. Goto

by on Dec.19, 2013 @ 1:37 pm, under NPB

The Rakuten Eagles and Orix Buffaloes agreed to a trade that will send thirty-five-year-old infielder Mitsutaka Goto to Sendai for thirty-year-old outfielder Teppei.  An announcement of the deal is expected later today.

The Eagles were looking for more infield depth with the departure of Casey McGehee and Teppei became expendable with the growth shown by a number of younger players this season.  Goto had two bad seasons in a row for the Buffaloes and was effectively pushed to the back of the queue.  Both teams felt a change of scenery could do the players some good.

Source: Daily Sports 12/19/2013, Sponichi 12/19/2013, official announcement (Rakuten), official announcement (Orix)