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[12/4/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Seung-Hwan Oh

by on Dec.05, 2014 @ 5:25 am, under NPB

The Orix Buffaloes held a press conference to introduce Eiichi Koyano on Thursday. He was assigned the number thirty-one. Source: official announcement

Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) returned to Japan on Wednesday. He is expected to meet teams interested in his services, like Hanshin, Seibu, and Chunichi. Source: Chunichi Sports 12/4/2014 ... The Orix Buffaloes could offer a four-year deal worth about 1.4 billion yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/4/2014 ... The Seibu Lions got a phone call from Nakajima's agent on Thursday. Their offer was turned down. Source: Sports Hochi 12/4/2014, Sponichi 12/4/2014

According to Sports Hochi, Seung-Hwan Oh could be more interested in returning to the Samsung Lions (KBO) after the 2015 season than heading to the Majors. Source: Sports Hochi 12/4/2014

The Tigers are close to finalizing new contracts with Mauro Gomez (30) and Matt Murton (33). Source: Sanspo 12/4/2014

Takahiro Norimoto (23) turned down a three-year offer worth about 360 million yen from the Rakuten Eagles for a one-year deal at an estimated 120 million yen. Norimoto is not interested in the Majors at this point in time. His long-term goal is to become the best pitcher in the NPB. Source: Chunichi Sports 12/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/4/2014 ... Norimoto joined Yoshinobu Takahashi (2000, 110 million), Daisuke Matsuzaka (2001, 100 million), Micheal Nakamura (2007, 158 million yen), and Tomoyuki Sugano (2015, 110 million) as the only players in NPB history to reach 100 million yen in their third year. Source: Sanspo 12/4/2014

Nippon Ham's Sho Nakata (25) agreed to contract worth 200 million yen in 2015 on Wednesday and became the first position player out of high school in franchise history to reach 200 million in his eighth year. Source: Daily Sports 12/4/2014, Sanspo 12/4/2014

Takayuki Makka (23) will be playing for Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kazusa Magic (Industrial League) next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/4/2014

Yohei Oshima (29) is planning to return to the negotiationg table with data on how much other players made after having the same kind of season he had this year. Source: Daily Sports 12/4/2014