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[12/13/2014] Rumors: Takashi Toritani, Kyuji Fujikawa, Yuhei

by on Dec.14, 2014 @ 12:54 am, under NPB

The media learned Takashi Toritani (33) met the Hanshin Tigers for a second time this off-season on the 11th. The organization again asked that he remain. Toritani told the Tigers he planned to make a decision once all MLB offers were on the table. When asked by reporters if he was going to make a decision before the end of the year, he said he was not sure. He could meet with Hanshin again early next week. Source: Daily Sports 12/13/2014, Sanspo 12/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014

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Takahiro Mahara (33) turned down a multi-year deal and incentives from the Orix Buffaloes because he does not think they are necessary. "I want to play for this team. I've never signed [a multi-year deal]. I have no interest in incentives. I take each year as a new challenge," said Mahara. When asked about the international FA option he is slated to earn next year, he replied, "I'm not thinking about that at all." Source: Sports Hochi 12/13/2014, Daily Sports 12/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014

Kenta Maeda (26) could meet team officials for preliminary salary negotiations on the 16th. If talks go smoothly, the Hiroshima Carp might be able to sign Maeda to an agreement before the end of the year. There is a chance the actually signing could take place next year if talks break down or there are scheduling conflicts. Source: Sports Hochi 12/13/2014, Sponichi 12/13/2014

The Chunichi Dragons signed Takahiro Kawasaki (21) to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 4.4 million yen. His uniform number will change from 51 to 201. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014

Yuhei (30) is slated to meet the Yakult Swallows on the 16th to resume salary negotiations. It will be his second meeting with team officials this off-season. He placed their initial offer on hold, but is planning to sign on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 12/13/2014, Daily Sports 12/13/2014

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Kyuji Fujikawa (34) and the Texas Rangers are close to finalizing a one-year contract with an option. The deal is pending a physical. Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson Tweet 12/13/2014, MLB.com's TR Sullivan Tweet 12/13/2014