The Seibu Lions lost Yasuyuki Kataoka to the Yomiuri Giants and Hideaki Wakui to the Chiba Lotte Marines. According to a number of reports, the Lions selected infielder Ryota Wakiya (32) from the Giants and pitcher Taiki Nakago (29) from the Marines as part of their free agent compensation packages. A press conference is scheduled on the 10th.
The Lions were looking for infield help after losing both Kataoka and Esteban German during the off-season. They signed Cody Ransom, but wanted some insurance in case things did not work out as expected. They will most likely assign Wakiya the number seven, Kataoka's old number.
Seibu selected Nakago to bolster their bullpen. He will most likely be given the number thirty-nine.