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[10/5/2015] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on October 11

by on Oct.05, 2015 @ 11:21 pm, under NPB

NPB player rumor mill for the week ending on October 11.

(last update 10/11 @ 11:59pm)

Player Rumor Mill

Player Team Latest Update
Kubo, Yuya YOM [10/05 @ 8:10pm] The Bay Stars have an interest in Yomiuri senryokugai Kubo. Source: Sports Hochi 10/5/2015, Sponichi 10/5/2015
Mikolas, Miles YOM [10/11 @ 11:59pm] A number of MLB scouts were at his last start on October 10 (First Stage against Hanshin). Source: Sanspo 10/11/2015
Gomez, Mauro HAN [10/09 @ 7:29am] Hanshin has a buyout option on 2016, but is currently planning to hold on to him. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2015 [10/06 @ 6:58am] The Tigers have an option on Gomez for the 2016 season, but they are still not sure what they are going to do with it. Source: Sanspo 10/5/2015
Messenger, Randy HAN [10/06 @ 6:57am] The Tigers will most likely exercise the option they have on Messenger for the 2016 season. Source: Sanspo 10/5/2015
Murton, Matt HAN [10/07 @ 8:22am] Murton had this to say to reporters after practices on October 7: "We still have the Climax Series and I want to wear this uniform for as long as possible. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to wear this uniform for six years." Source: Daily Sports 10/7/2015 [10/06 @ 6:54am] The Tigers could offer Murton an extension if the new manager coming in wants him to return next year. Source: Sanspo 10/5/2015 [10/05 @ 7:40pm] According to Tokyo Sports, the Tigers could end up parting ways with Murton. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/5/2015
Nishioka, Tsuyoshi HAN [10/11 @ 11:56pm] The Tigers are planning to offer Nishioka a contract for the 2016 season once postseason play ends. Source: Sponichi 10/11/2015
Oh, Seung-Hwan HAN [10/09 @ 7:33am] Oh is interested in returning in 2016, but his agent is handling things. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/8/2015 [10/06 @ 7:00am] The Tigers could like Oh to return next season and will most likely offer him an extension. However, they are not planning to get into any bidding wars to keep him. Source: Sanspo 10/5/2015
Perez, Nelson HAN [10/09 @ 7:31am] The Tigers are planning to offer Perez a contract for 2016. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2015
Santiago, Mario HAN [10/07 @ 8:10am] Santiago is not expected to return to the Tigers in 2016. The team allowed him to return home early because he is not scheduled to pitch at Ichi-gun again this year. Source: Sanspo 10/6/2015
Arai, Takahiro HIR [10/09 @ 8:28am] Hiroshima is planning to offer Arai a contract for 2016. He is twenty-nine hits away from 2,000. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2015
Eldred, Brad HIR [10/09 @ 8:22am] Hiroshima has already started negotiations with Eldred's agent. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2015 [10/08 @ 8:11am] Hiroshima would like Eldred to return next year. Source: Sponichi 10/7/2015
Guzman, Jesus HIR [10/09 @ 8:26am] Hiroshima is not planning to offer Guzman a contract for 2016. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2015
Johnson, Kris HIR [10/09 @ 8:19am] Hiroshima is planning to exercise their 2016 option. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/8/2015 [10/08 @ 8:12am] Hiroshima would like Johnson to return next year. Source: Sponichi 10/7/2015
Heath, Deunte HIR [10/09 @ 8:24am] The Carp could offer Heath a contract for the 2016, but they will first check other options. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2015
Kurihara, Kenta HIR [10/09 @ 7:08pm] The Carp announced that Kurihara will not be returning next year. They met and discussed option for 2016. The thirty-three-year-old told them he "want[s] to try to go to a team that can give me playing time, regardless of money." Hiroshima offered him a significant reduction in salary, which allowed him to opt for free agency, according to the NPB baseball agreement. Source: official announcement
Kuroda, Hiroki HIR [10/11 @ 9:13am] The Carp have already spoken Kuroda. Additional discussions are not scheduled to take place any time soon. Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2015 [10/08 @ 8:19am] Kuroda is still not sure what his plans are for 2016. He wants some time to rest and think through his options. He was otherwise satisfied with his season and glad that he returned to pitch in Japan. Source: Sports Hochi 10/7/2015
Maeda, Kenta HIR [10/09 @ 10:23am] According to a Sanpo report from October 8, the Carp might okay Maeda's request because they feel he did a good job this year. The only question is whether they feel the fans support the move (the team failing to make the Climax Series is probably a strike against posting the ace). MLB teams that could be interested: Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Royals, Giants, Braves, and Red Sox. Source: Sanspo 10/8/2015 [10/09 @ 8:35am] The media learned on October 7 that Maeda is planning to tell the team he wants to posted to the Majors. The Carp will consider his request, but like last year, they will base their decision on their ability to compete next season and whether or not fans will accept his departure. Assuming no injuries, Maeda is currently on track to earn his international FA option in 2017. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2015
Schierholtz, Nate HIR [10/09 @ 8:27am] Hiroshima is not planning to offer Schierholtz a contract for 2016. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2015
Zagurski, Mike HIR [10/09 @ 8:25am] Hiroshima is not planning to offer Zagurski a contract for 2016. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2015
Hernandez, Anderson CHU [10/09 @ 8:39am] The Dragons would like Hernandez to stay. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/8/2015
Luna, Hector CHU [10/11 @ 9:18am] Luna would like to return next year. If not with Chunichi, he is open to playing for another NPB team. The Dragons hold an option on 2016. Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2015, Sponichi 10/10/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2015 [10/09 @ 8:38am] There is a chance Luna will not return next year. Whether the Dragons offer him a contract for 2016 could depend on whether they can find a bat with pop. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2015 Nikkan Sports 10/8/2015
Nanita, Ricardo CHU [10/09 @ 8:40am] The Dragons would like Nanita to stay. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2015 Nikkan Sports 10/8/2015
Naylor, Drew CHU [10/09 @ 8:40am] The Dragons would like Naylor to stay. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2015 Nikkan Sports 10/8/2015
Valdes, Raul CHU [10/09 @ 8:41am] The Dragons would like Valdes to stay. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2015 Nikkan Sports 10/8/2015
Tamura, Hitoshi YOK [10/08 @ 8:26am] The Eagles have an interest in Yokohama senryokugai Tamura. Source: Sports Hochi 10/7/2015
Matsuda, Nobuhiro SOF [10/09 @ 8:44am] The Hawks are thought to be preparing a significant contract with at least three-years. They began discussions to Matsuda's agent during the season. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2015
Omura, Saburo LOT [10/05 @ 7:37pm] Saburo would like to continue playing next year. It has been his goal to play into his forties. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2015
Kuo, Chun-Lin SEI [10/11 @ 9:01am] Kuo is set to return in 2016 if he passes his physical. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2015
Mejia, Ernesto SEI [10/11 @ 9:03am] The Lions will finalize their contract one Mejia passes his physical. [10/09 @ 11:17pm] The Lions could offer Mejia a multi-year deal. Source: Daily Sports 10/9/2015 [10/05 @ 7:20pm] Mejia will most likely return to Seibu in 2016. He decided not to participate in the Premier 12 this winter because he wants to spend time with his family, rest, and prepare for the 2016 season. He told reporters he wants to return next year. An announcement could be made shortly. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2015, Daily Sports 10/5/2015
Vasquez, Esmerling SEI [10/11 @ 9:04am] Whether Vasquez returns next year will depend on whether or not the Lions find an alternative. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2015
Cruz, Rhiner RAK [10/09 @ 10:05am] The Eagles could sign Cruz to a multi-year deal. Source: Sanspo 10/8/2015
Pena, Wily Mo RAK [10/09 @ 10:04am] The Eagles are not planning to offer Pena a contract for 2016. Source: Sanspo 10/8/2015
Wheeler, Zelous RAK [10/09 @ 6:58am] Wheeler returned to the United States on October 8. He is open to another opportunity to play for the Eagles. Source: Sponichi 10/8/2015



  • 10/11 @ 9:10am - The media learned on October 9 that the Eagles are not planning negotiate with their own players if they exercise their FA options. Source: Daily Sports 10/10/2015
  • 10/9 @ 8:50am - Robert Suarez may have had offers to play in the Majors, but is apparently close to finalizing to a multi-year deal with the Hawks (club option from the second year). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2015
  • 10/9 @ 8:18am - The Hawks are planning to offer Tsuyoshi Wada a contract if he decides to return to Japan next year. Same goes for Munenori Kawasaki. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/8/2015
  • 10/8 @ 8:35am - The Hawks are reportedly close to finalizing a multi-year contract with Robert Suarez. Source: Sponichi 10/7/2015
  • 10/7 @ 12:44am - The Tigers are looking into a number of players on the foreign market, including Jamie Romak and Jason Pridie. Source: Sponichi 10/6/2015


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