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[11/15/2014] Rumors: Tony Blanco, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Shun Tono

by on Nov.16, 2014 @ 3:42 am, under NPB

The Cubs are not planning to resign Kyuji Fujikawa (33). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

Shunsuke Watanabe (38) will be playing winter ball in Venezuela with Leones del Caracas. Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

Shugo Fujii is willing to sign an Ikusei contract, if it means he can continue playing. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

Yokohama senryokugi Takuro Ito (21) is planning to attend the second twelve-team tryout on the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars will most likely part ways with Tony Blanco (34). A number of Pacific League teams, including Rakuten and Orix, are interested in the slugger. Blanco apparently has a preference to play in the PL where he can be designated hitter. Yokohama could try to replace Blanco with Jose Lopez (31). Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

Yokohama is planning to sign Shun Tono (28) and could hold a press conference to announce the addition some time next week. A number of teams reached out to Tono, including Hiroshima, but Yokohama came out on top because they were first to contact him. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... Yokohama announced on Saturday that they signed Tono. Source: official announcement

Takehiro Donoue's (22) tryout with the Yomiuri Giants will take place over the weekend (November 15, 16). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are aware that there is a chance Seung-Hwan Oh will not be back in 2016. They want to be prepared in case he decides to leave and are planning to begin a search for potential candidates to replace him during the 2015 season. Source: Sports Hochi 11/15/2014, Sponichi 11/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

The Tigers may have offered Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) a four-year deal worth over one billion yen. They are considering other things to include in the package, like a chance to become a coach in the future. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... The Tigers are planning to send an official to the United States some time in or after December. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014

6 comments on “[11/15/2014] Rumors: Tony Blanco, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Shun Tono

  1. Baseballplayah

    Why exactly do the Tigers find Nakajima so valuable? He hit .267 in the Minor leagues and was worse in his second year. Not to mention Johjima, nishioka and fukudome who have all been subpar hitters after coming back. You’d think they would have learned by now. That is way too much for a mediocre hitter

    1. mika_chan

      I’m a big Tigers fan, but I’m with you on this one. They do seem to have a fixation on previous major leaguers who are already past their prime. I hope this deal won’t turn out like Tateyama’s though, complete waste of money.

    2. Steve Novosel

      Career .300+ hitter at Seibu w/ power (162 HR, 248 2B) plus reasonable speed. Still young.

      I’m not sure his lack of success in the US is much of a concern, Tigers/Lions are looking at his recent NPB success.

      1. Baseballplayah

        32 isn’t all that young, and they definitely should take it into consideration with all of the previous washouts from the mlb. I know they’re kind of handcuffed by the foreign player rule but there has to be better options than wasting a buttload on Nakajima

        1. Steve Novosel

          Not really sure what the foreign player limit has to do with anything – teams don’t generally go for middle infielder guys from the foreign FA market.

          Hanshin’s problem is the same that the other spendy teams have – even though they are competitive every year and even though they were in the NS this year, it’s not good enough for them, and the feel they have to chase every big name FA on the market. They’d be better served by developing from within and using the FA market to supplement that home grown talent, not displace it.

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