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[11/1/2014] Rumors: Yomiuri, Hanshin, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.02, 2014 @ 3:52 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Kentaro Nishimura (29) is avoiding FA option discussions with the media. Yoshiyuki Kamei (32) told reporters on Friday he felt strongly about remaining with the Giants. Source: Daily Sports 11/1/2014 ... Both players may have been offered multi-year deals. Source: Sponichi 11/1/2014
  • The Giants are expected to re-sign Takahiko Nomaguchi, Kosuke Naruse, Chikara Yoshikawa, and Ko Takahashi to an Ikusei contracts. Source: Sponichi 11/1/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai (36) is planning to stay with the Dragons. He may have agreed to a three-year deal worth a total of about 400 million yen. The contract will be finalized on the 5th. Source: Daily Sports 11/1/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka. Source: Sponichi 11/1/2014
  • There is a good chance Tatsuhiko Kinjo (38) will exercise his FA option. The Bay Stars are not planning to leave their offer on the table if Kinjo exercises his option. Source: Sports Hochi 11/1/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryoji Aikawa (38) wants to test the FA waters and is planning to exercise his option. He has already informed the Swallows and could file the necessary paperwork on Tuesday. Yakult is open to negotiating after he becomes a free agent. The Yomiuri Giants could be interested. Source: Daily Sports 11/1/2014 ... Aikawa is looking for a shot at winning the everyday catching job. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2014

4 comments on “[11/1/2014] Rumors: Yomiuri, Hanshin, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

  1. muratafan

    It’s a very weak FA MLB market for shortstops with Asdrubal Cabrera, Stephen Drew and Jed Lowrie being the most high-profile free agents. None of those 3 are known for their defense. That said, if Nakajima received zero interest from MLB, I can’t see anyone offering Toritani anything other than a minor league deal. I never thought much of Nakajima’s defense and Toritani is a better defensive SS. I also like the fact that Toritani has more walks than strikeouts for 4 years running. That said, he’s going to be 34 and I just can’t see him getting much of a contract from MLB. In fact, he’ll probably make more in NPB than MLB. So, unless Toritani is absolutely convinced that he wants out of NPB and into MLB – regardless of the pay or the opportunity for playing time – I don’t see him leaving the Tigers.

    1. Steve Novosel

      At least he can keep his options open and gauge interest if he uses his FA option.

      Unless he finds the right fit with a team willing to give him an MLB contract I don’t see why he should leave Hanshin. And much like you, I don’t see much of a chance of him getting a decent offer. Maybe at his age he just wants a chance to prove his worth.

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