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[12/24/2013] Masahiro Tanaka could speak to the Rakuten Eagles on the 25th

by on Dec.24, 2013 @ 12:45 pm, under NPB

The latest on Masahiro Tanaka, from Tuesday, December 24, 2013:

  • DAILY SPORTS: Tanaka was in Tokyo on Monday and is scheduled to return to Sendai today.  Chances of a meeting today are fairly low.  He is scheduled to return to Tokyo for additional events on the 26th.  The Eagles are set to hold their last official meeting of the year on the 27th.  If a meeting is to take place, it will most likely have to on the 25th. [Daily Sports 12/24/2013]
  • NIKKAN SPORTS: If the Eagles are going to give Tanaka their final decision before the end of the year, there is a good chance they will do it on the 25th, since that might be the only day the two sides have time to meet. [Nikkan Sports 12/24/2013]
  • SPORTS HOCHI: There is a chance the Eagles will not finalize their decision until next month. [Sports Hochi 12/24/2013]
  • SPONICHI: Tanaka appeared at a public relations event for bed maker Nishikawa Sangyo on Monday.  After the ceremony, when reporters asked him if he was going to dream in English next season, he kept his reply short and said, "I am not sure." [Sponichi 12/24/2013]

[UPDATE @ 7:48pm]

Rakuten Eagles' President Yozo Tachibana spoke to reporters today and said, "We want to provide everyone with a reply as soon as possible.  We hope they can wait just a bit longer."

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/24/2013

[UPDATE @ 8:36pm]

Additional Tachibana quotes, these from Sanspo:

"We are in the final stages.  We want to get this done as soon as possible."

"We are working on a proper statement.  We hope people can wait a little bit longer."

Source: Sanspo 12/24/2013

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In other posting system news, Hiroshima Carp Manager Kenjiro Nomura provided reporters with his thoughts on Kenta Maeda wanting to be posted.

I think it is very important and wonderful for a baseball player to set high goals.  It will be tough on the team if he leaves.  But, we have at least one year with him so we will let him to his thing.  I cannot say "Go" or "Stay."  It is his career, he should do as he pleases.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/24/2013