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[10/12/2015] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on October 18

by on Oct.12, 2015 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB

NPB player rumor mill for the week ending on October 18.

(last update 10/19 @ 10:05am)

Player Rumor Mill

Player Team Latest Update
Kubo, Yuya YOM [10/18 @ 11:45pm] Yakult is interested in Yomiuri senryokugai Kubo. Source: Sports Hochi 10/18/2015
Sakamoto, Hayato YOM [10/18 @ 11:51pm] Sakamoto earned his domestic FA option in August. He will probably keep the option and stay with the Giants. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2015
Sanematsu, Kazunari YOM [10/18 @ 11:57pm] Sanematsu has an international FA option he earned in 2013. He finished the final year of a three-year deal. The Giants are expected to offer him a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2015
Anderson, Leslie YOM [10/18 @ 11:41pm] The Giants will most likely offer Anderson a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2015
Castellanos, Alex YOM [10/18 @ 11:41pm] Castellanos is not expected to return in 2016. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2015
Francisco, Juan YOM [10/15 @ 9:37pm] The Giants announced that Francisco left for the Dominican Republic to get treatment on his left knee. They are not planning to offer him a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2015
Mathieson, Scott YOM [10/18 @ 11:41pm] The Giants will most likely offer Mathieson a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2015 ... Mathieson told reporters he liked the Giants, but was not sure what he was going to do because he feels other teams (both NPB and MLB) might also be interested in him. Sponichi 10/18/2015
Mendoza, Hector YOM [10/18 @ 11:41pm] The Giants will most likely offer Mendoza a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2015
Mikolas, Miles YOM [10/19 @ 9:46am] MLB teams that could be interested in Mikolas include the Rangers, Padres, and Red Sox. Source: Sanspo 10/18/2015 [10/17 @ 5:34pm] A number of MLB teams, including the Red Sox and Yankees, are interested in Mikolas. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/17/2015
Perez, Carlos YOM [10/18 @ 11:41pm] The Giants will most likely offer Perez a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2015
Poreda, Aaron YOM [10/18 @ 11:41pm] The Giants will most likely offer Poreda a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2015, Sponichi 10/18/2015
Nishioka, Tsuyoshi HAN [10/13 @ 9:30pm] According to Sports Hochi, Nishioka is not planning to exercise his FA option. Source: Sports Hochi 10/13/2015 ... Daily Sports is reporting that Nishioka was offered a significantly reduced salary during negiations. Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2015
Gomez, Mauro HAN [10/13 @ 9:46pm] The media learned on October 12 that Gomez is questionable for 2016, mostly because of a drop in his offensive numbers this season. His future with the team may depend on whether the front office believes there is a better option on the overseas market. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2015
Murton, Matt HAN [10/13 @ 10:13pm] Before leaving for the United States, Murton spoke to the media and said he felt this was likely his last year with the Tigers. He also pointed to the the major changes in the team (new manager, retirements, youth) as an indicator that his time with the team might be up. He appeared to be open to playing for another team. Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2015, Daily Sports 10/13/2015
Oh, Seung-Hwan HAN [10/17 @ 5:29pm] The Tigers may have improved their chances at re-signing Oh because of their current move to "reset" the coaching staff. In past discussions with the team, the pitcher mentioned that he was not entirely satisfied with the coaches. The Tigers would really like Oh to return next season because they know how difficult it can be to find a dependable closer. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2015 [10/15 @ 9:48pm] Oh may be serious about returning to the Tigers next season and could make negotiations with the team a top priority, while keeping the lines open with MLB teams. Source: Nikkan Sport 10/15/2015 [10/15 @ 9:52am] Oh apparently wants a shot at playing in the Majors, according to a report by DongA (media in Korea, via Sanspo). The Tigers would like him to return next season and are expected to ramp up efforts to sign him to a new contract. Oh's agent has said there is a chance he could still return to play in the NPB. Source: Sanspo 10/15/2015 [10/14 @ 11:09pm] The media learned on October 13 that Oh has received a number of offers from MLB teams. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2015
Perez, Nelson HAN [10/15 @ 9:25pm] Perez will most likely return with the Tigers in 2016. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2015
Akamatsu, Masato HIR [10/17 @ 4:52am] Akamatsu is not planning to exercise his FA option because he likes playing for the Carp and wants to win with them. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2015, Daily Sports 10/16/2015 [10/16 @ 7:40am] Akamatsu met the Carp on October 15. He told them he would like to stay. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2015 [10/15 @ 9:28pm] Akamatsu worked out at Mazda Stadium on October 14. He was set to meet with the front office on October 15. He is still thinking about his FA option. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2015
Kokubo, Tetsuya HIR [10/17 @ 5:22pm] Kubo may have been offered a salary worth an estimated forty million yen, up from the twenty-four million he made this year. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2015 [10/17 @ 7:36am] Kokubo met the Carp for a second time on October 16 and decided not to exercise his FA option. Source: Sanspo 10/17/2015 [10/16 @ 7:38am] Kokubo met the Carp on October 15. He will most likely return in 2016, but said he wanted to think about things one more time. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2015
Kurihara, Kenta HIR [10/17 @ 4:47pm] Kurihara is not planning to attend NPB tryouts on November 10. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2015
Kuroda, Hiroki HIR [10/16 @ 3:07pm] Kuroda left for his home on Los Angeles out of Narita Airport on October 15. Hiroshima has already given Kuroda an offer for the 2016 season. He will consider the offer from the United States. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2015
Maeda, Kenta HIR [10/14 @ 7:00pm] Hiroshima is not planning to meet Maeda until after the Premier 12. Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2015
Zagurski, Mike HIR [10/19 @ 9:54am] Zagurski left for the United States on October 9. Before leaving, he told reporters he wants to play in Japan and that Hiroshima would be best. He also listed three things he remembered most about this season: pitching in his first game, his wife giving birth in Hiroshima, and having wonderful teammates. Source: Sanspo 10/18/2015
Fujii, Atsushi CHU [10/18 @ 11:31pm] According to Tokyo Sports, Fujii is 99.8 percent sure that he is going to exercise his FA option. Teams will not be required to provide compensation for signing him, since he will C-rank free agent. The Dragons are hoping Motonobu Tanishige can persuade him to stay. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/18/2015 [10/13 @ 9:54pm] Fujii has an FA option. If he decides to exercise it, the Tigers could be interested. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2015
Luna, Hector CHU [10/13 @ 9:50m] The Dragons have an option on Luna, but may let him go because of their focus on youth. The Tigers could be interested. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2015
Naylor, Drew CHU [10/17 @ 4:44am] The Dragons will be renewing their contract with Naylor. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2015
Hoashi, Kazuyuki SOF [10/17 @ 7:18am] Hoashi is considering all his options, including retirement. Source: Sanspo 10/17/2015 [10/17 @ 5:25am] The media learned on October 16 that Hoashi is not part of the Hawks' plans in 2016. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2015
Miyanishi, Naoki HAM [10/13 @ 9:40pm] Miyanishi is not expected to exercise his option since he is in the middle of a two-year contract. Source: Sports Hochi 10/13/2015
Ono, Shota HAM [10/14 @ 7:03pm] The Bay Stars are interested in Ono. Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2015 [10/13 @ 9:55pm] Ono is not ready to make a decision on his FA option yet. The Fighters would like him to return next year. Source: Sports Hochi 10/13/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2015 ... If Ono decides to exercise his option, a number of teams, including Chunichi, could be interested. Source: Sponichi 10/13/2015
Takeda, Masaru HAM [10/19 @ 12:01am] Takeda is open to not exercising his FA option, but is still not ready to commit to the Fighters. He wants to pick whichever option lets him play baseball for the longest amount of time. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2015
Ugumori, Atsushi HAM [10/18 @ 11:45pm] Yakult is interested in Nippon Ham senryokugai Ugumori. Source: Sports Hochi 10/18/2015
Yano, Kenji HAM [10/13 @ 9:38pm] Yano is not ready to make a decision on his FA option yet. The Fighters would like him to return next year. Source: Sports Hochi 10/13/2015
Hermida, Jeremy HAM [10/13 @ 9:43pm] Hermida is not expected to return next year. Source: Sports Hochi 10/13/2015
Laird, Brandon HAM [10/13 @ 9:44pm] There is a good chance Laird will be back with the Fighters next season. Source: Sports Hochi 10/13/2015
Lively, Mitch HAM [10/13 @ 9:45pm] The Fighters have not made a decision on Lively yet. Source: Sports Hochi 10/13/2015
Mendoza, Luis HAM [10/14 @ 12:40am] Mendoza may be interested in playing for a NPB team in the Tokyo area because living conditions there might be better suited for his family. Source: Sanspo 10/13/2015 [10/13 @ 9:41pm] Mendoza finished the final year of a two-year contract. The Fighters would like him to return next year. MLB scouts were spotted at games he pitched in this year. Source: Sports Hochi 10/13/2015
Imae, Toshiaki LOT [10/19 @ 9:50am] Imae told reporters he was not sure what he was going to do with his option. He seems curious about the market, but at the same time believes staying with Lotte might best for him. Source: Sanspo 10/8/2015 [10/17 @ 5:17pm] Imae finished the final year of a two-year deal. Lotte would like him to return next year. He has an international FA option, but has said in the past he liked playing for Lotte. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2015
Omatsu, Shoitsu LOT [10/17 @ 5:18pm] Lotte is expected to offer Omatsu a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2015
Wakui, Hideaki LOT [10/17 @ 4:56pm] Lotte is planning to offer Wakui a multi-year deal this winter. Possibly two years at over 500 million yen. He finished the final year of a two-year deal that was worth an estimated 220 million yen a year. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2015
Baek, Cha-Seung LOT [10/17 @ 5:20pm] There is a good chance Baek will not return next year. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2015
Cruz, Luis LOT [10/18 @ 11:35pm] Cruz told reporters before leaving Japan on October 18 that he wants to play in Japan next year and that there was no one specific NPB team he wanted to play for. He also said he has been waiting to hear from Lotte ever since they approached him around June/July. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2015, Sports Hochi 10/18/2015, Daily Sports 10/18/2015 ... The Yomiuri Giants are interested in Cruz. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2015 [10/17 @ 4:45pm] Cruz does not appear to consider the United States as an option. He told reporters if he players, it will be in Japan. He is also looking for a team that can promise two things: playing time and one set infield position. Source: Sanspo 10/17/2015 [10/17 @ 7:25am] Lotte is interested in resigning Cruz and could offer him a multi-year deal. However, a number of other NPB teams, including Yokohama, Rakuten, and Orix, are also interested in the thirty-one-year-old infielder. Source: Sanspo 10/17/2015
Huffman, Chad LOT [10/17 @ 5:22am] Lotte has not made a decision on Huffman. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2015
Chen, Kuan-Yu LOT [10/17 @ 7:33am] Lotte is expected to offer Chen a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Sanspo 10/17/2015
Rhee, Dae-Eun LOT [10/17 @ 7:34am] Lotte is expected to offer Rhee a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Sanspo 10/17/2015
Rosa, Carlos LOT [10/17 @ 7:31am] Whether Lotte offers Rosa a contract for the 2016 season will depend on whether or not they feel there are other options on the overseas market. Source: Sanspo 10/17/2015
Sumitani, Ginjiro SEI [10/14 @ 11:40pm] Sumitani told reporters on October 13 that while he was not planning to exercise his FA option, he would not make a final decision until he sat down with the team. Source: Sponichi 10/14/2015
Sakaguchi, Tomotaka ORI [10/18 @ 6:18am] The Swallows are interested in Orix senryokugai Sakaguchi. They feel he can help bolster their outfield. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2015
Shima, Motohiro RAK [10/15 @ 10:04am] Shima spoke to reporters on October 14 and said he had nothing new to say about his international FA option. He has not yet spoken to the Eagles about 2016. Source: Sanspo 10/15/2015
Fujikawa, Kyuji -- [10/19 @ 12:08am] The Tigers could hold their first meeting with Fujikawa before the end of the month. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2015 [10/17 @ 5:31pm] The Tigers are interested in Fujikawa and are planning to make him an offer this winter. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2015Nikkan Sports 10/17/2015
Tsuyoshi, Wada MLB [10/17 @ 5:11am] The Chicago Cubs outrighted Wada to Triple A Iowa. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2015, MLB.com ... The Tigers are interested in Wada. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2015 [10/15 @ 9:51am] The Buffaloes are also interested in Wada. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2015 [10/13 @ 9:20pm] A number of NPB teams, including Softbank and Yakult, may be interested in Wada if he plans to return to Japan. Source: Sponichi 10/13/2015
Watanabe, Shunsuke -- [10/17 @ 4:57am] Watanabe started a game for Leones del Caracas (Venezuela) on October 9 and gave up five runs (all earned) on three hits and two walks over two innings of work. Local media on October 15 reported that he was released. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2015

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  • [10/19 @ 10:05am] Chia-Hao Sung participated in fall practices with the Eagles on October 18. Rakuten is expected to sign Sung to an Ikusei contract. Source: Sanspo 10/18/2015
  • [10/19 @ 12:04am] The Yomiuri Giants are interested in Esmil Rogers. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2015
  • [10/17 @ 4:49am] The Hanshin Tigers are interested in infielder Joey Terdoslavich as a possible replacement for Matt Murton. Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2015
  • [10/16 @ 3:14pm] Andy Marte is apparently on Hanshin's list of foreign player candidates. Marte played for the KT Wiz (KBO) this year and hit twenty home runs, collected eighty-nine RBI, and batted .348. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2015
  • [10/15 @ 9:35pm] The Tigers have apparently compiled a list of about twenty players on the overseas market. They are looking for a right-handed bat with pop. They could be looking for someone that can either player third or left. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/015
  • [10/12 @ 11:51pm] The Lions will be checking the overseas market for players with NPB experience. One possibility is former Rakuten pitcher Travis Blackley. Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2015

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