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[11/6/2014] Rumors: Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Softbank Hawks

by on Nov.07, 2014 @ 5:30 am, under NPB

Kyuji Fujikawa

  • The Softbank Hawks are interested in Fujikawa (34). Fujikawa returned to Japan after the season but is currently back in the United States. He wants to continue playing in the US, but will also field offers from teams in Japan in case things do not pan out. Softbank could be seen as a flexible organization after they allowed Hideki Okajima to return to the Majors after one season. They could offer something similar to Fujikawa. Source: Sanspo 11/6/2014
  • The Hanshin Tigers are also interested in Fujikawa. Source: Sanspo 11/6/2014

Chihiro Kaneko

  • Kaneko and the Orix Buffaloes may have agreed to something on the side during contract negotiations last year that would allow him to go to the Majors via the posting system this off-season based on performance (like winning the Sawamura Award). Source: ZakZak 11/6/2014

Hiroki Kuroda

  • The Hiroshima Carp are expected to get in touch with Kuroda (39) at some point. Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2014

Daisuke Matsuzaka

  • The Softbank Hawks could offer Matsuzaka (34) up to six years. Matsuzaka has indicated interest in recording 200 NPB + MLB victories and pitching into his forties. Source: ZakZak 11/6/2014
  • The Hawks could offer three or more years at over two billion yen total and the uniform number eighteen. Matsuzaka is reportedly working out with the Japanese baseball. He is also planning to conduct negotiations face-to-face and without an agent. Source: Sponichi 11/6/2014

Hiroyuki Nakajima

  • The Hanshin Tigers are not planning to rush their offer to Nakajima (32). They learned that he recently switched agents and they want to make sure their first offer is solid. Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2014
  • The Tigers feel they have to up their ante now that Nakajima's new agent is Scott Boras. They do not want to get into a bidding war. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2014
  • The Tigers could offer a deal up to four years at 1.2 billion yen total. Source: Daily Sports 11/6/2014
  • If Takashi Toritani leaves the organization, the Tigers could also offer Nakajima short. Source: Sanspo 11/6/2014
  • Since the Seibu Lions are said to be preparing a three-year deal at 800 million yen, the Tigers feel they have to put together a package that is at least three years at 900 million yen. The Tigers are focused solely on Nakajima at the moment. Source: Sponichi 11/6/2014
  • The Lions are hoping to speak directly to Nakajima. They could speak to him over the phone within the next two to three days. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2014
  • The Chunichi Dragons are interested in Nakajima. Source: Daily Sports 11/6/2014

Keiji Obiki

  • Obiki (30) is planning to exercise his FA option. Yakult and Rakuten are among teams said to be interested. Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2014
  • Obiki has a house in Tokyo and used to play at Jingu Stadium when he played college ball. The Yakult Swallows could be the front runners. Source: Sponichi 11/6/2014

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Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

Softbank Hawks