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[11/4/2014] Rumors: Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks

by on Nov.05, 2014 @ 3:54 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

  • Matt Murton (33) told reporters he should be able to return to Japan next year. Source: Sporst Hochi 11/4/2014, Sponichi 11/4/2014
  • If Takashi Toritani (33) decides to leave, the Tigers could look at players like Munenori Kawasaki (33), Keiji Obiki (30), and Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) to replace him. Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2014
  • The Tigers could offer Nakajima up to four years at over one billion yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2014
  • The Red Sox and Blue Jays were the only two MLB teams that had scouts checking on Toritani during the Nippon Series. Source: Sanspo 11/4/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tatsuhiko Kinjo (38) filed paperwork to exercise his FA option on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2014
  • Masanori Hayashi decided not to exercise his FA option after his six-year-old daughter asked him not to. It also probably helped that he got a three-year deal worth an estimated forty-one million yen next season (up fifteen million from this year). Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles are interested in Keiji Obiki (30). They feel he could be their everyday shortstop if they move Kazuo Matsui to the outfield on a permanent basis. Source: Sponichi 11/4/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks could offer Daisuke Matsuzaka a contract that runs three or more years. Source: Sponichi 11/4/2014


Hiroyuki Nakajima = Seibu, Hanshin, Orix, Lotte, Yokohama. Source: Sponichi 11/4/2014