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[1/30/2014] Munenori Kawasaki, Koji Uehara, Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Jan.30, 2014 @ 11:52 pm, under MLB

Munenori Kawasaki worked out with Ichiro Suzuki at Hotto Motto Field Kobe on Wednesday.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/30/2014

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Koji Uehara worked out in Tokyo on Wednesday.  He tossed his first bullpen session of the year -- twenty-six to a standing catcher and sixteen to a squatting catcher.  He has managed to keep his weight at eighty-eight kilograms.  He plans to head to the United States some time around February 10.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014

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Yu Darvish tossed a bullpen session at Kamagaya on Wednesday.  Darvish has been telling people around him that he is trying to reduce his weight a little.  He looked visibly thinner and may have lost over five kilograms.  He may be trying to recapture the way he felt in 2007, when he went 15-5 with a 1.82 ERA and won a Sawamura Award.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014

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The Chicago Cubs did not offer Masahiro Tanaka an opt-out clause.  From Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal:

The Chicago Cubs were one team that did not offer Tanaka an opt-out clause, sources said, reasoning that if they did not contend until 2016, it would be a wasted investment if Tanaka became a free agent after 2018. Opt-out clauses, as stated here before, are one-sided toward the player. The Yankees basically committed $108 million for four years of Tanaka -- $20 million in posting fee, $88 million in salary. If he flops, they will owe him another $67 million in salary.

Source: Fox Sports 1/28/2014 via Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014

Tanaka worked out at Kobo Stadium today.  He also spent some time saying his last good-byes to former teammates and coaches -- they will a;; be heading down south for spring camp.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

YES Network's John Filippelli is hopeful that Tanaka will help boost ratings for the network.  They also plan to work with him to create content that might also appeal to fans in Japan.  The network might also ask turn to Mai Satoda, Tanaka's wife.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

Tanaka did not show up at Kobo Stadium on Wednesday (January 29).

Source: Sanspo 1/30/2014

A sushi restaurant in New York, Hatsuhana, has created the Ma-kun roll.  Bassanova Ramen, also in New York, has come up with a dish named after Tanaka as well.

Source: Sanspo 1/30/2014