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[5/11/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars in discussions with infielder Yulieski Gourriel

by on May.11, 2014 @ 8:58 pm, under NPB

Yokohama Bay Stars General Manager Shigeru Takada told admitted to reporters today that they were in discussions with twenty-nine-year-old infielder Yulieski Gourriel.  He also indicated that talks were going well.

There are some issues regarding available slots for foreign players on the active roster, but the Bay Stars really like Gourriel and are making an exception with him.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/11/2014, Sanspo 5/11/2014, Sponichi 5/11/2014, Daily Sports 5/11/2014, Daily Sports 5/11/2014, Sports Hochi 5/11/2014

[UPDATE 5/12 @ 1:19pm]

If the two sides reach an agreement, the Bay Stars could move Takehiro Ishikawa to center and give Gourriel the starting job at second, batting third.  Yokohama currently has three foreign players on the active roster (Aarom Baldiris, Jorge Sosa, and Guillermo Moscoso).  Tony Blanco is close to returning.  Kiyoshi Nakahata is not planning to take Baldiris off the active roster, which means they will fill their four foreign player slots with three position players and one pitcher.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/12/2014