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[11/16/2014] Free Agents: Chihiro Kaneko, Yoshihisa Naruse, Tatsuhiko Kinjo, Ryoji Aikawa

by on Nov.16, 2014 @ 3:52 am, under NPB

Chihiro Kaneko

  • The Phillies are interested in Kaneko.
  • An unnamed person with connections to an AL West team: He's probably a fourth starter. ... Fewer teams will be involved if the posting fee reaches twenty million. Around ten million would be reasonable. ... Considering Kaneko's age, a three-year deal seems appropriate. But at three years, a twenty million posting fee is too high.
  • The Hanshin Tigers will only move on Kaneko if he wants to stay in Japan.
  • The Chunichi Dragons will likely hold off on reaching out to Kaneko until after team rep Kazuo Nishiyama returns from his trip to the Dominican Republic.

Sources: Daily Sports 11/15/2014, Sponichi 11/15/2014, Sponichi 11/15/2014, Sanspo 11/15/2014, Sanspo 11/15/2014

Yoshihisa Naruse

  • Naruse is planning to wait to make his decision until after Lotte's fan appreciation day on the 22nd. He feels it would be in poor taste to attend the event as a member of another team.

Sources: Sponichi 11/15/2014

Tatsuhiko Kinjo

  • Kinjo met with Yomiuri for about an hour on Saturday.
  • The two sides have reportedly agreed to basic terms on a one-year deal.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014, Sponichi 11/15/2014

Ryoji Aikawa

  • Tatsunori Hara told reporters on Friday he heard talks with Aikawa went well and that his addition would help both the team and upcoming catcher Seiji Kobyashi.

Sources: Daily Sports 11/15/2014