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[10/26/2015] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on November 1

by on Oct.26, 2015 @ 6:38 pm, under NPB

NPB player rumor mill for the week ending on November 1.

Highlights:

  • San Diego Padres interested in Softbank's Matsuda.
  • Dae-Ho Lee finished second year of two-year contract and holds an option for 2016.
  • Shohei Tateyama not planning to exercise his FA option.
  • Swallows are interested in pitcher David Huff.
  • Yakult's Hatakeyama and Softbank's Matsuda could exercise their options to test the FA waters.

(last update 11/01 @ 7:49pm)

Player Rumor Mill

Player Team Latest Update
Hatakeyama, Kazuhiro YAK [11/01 @ 12:40am] President Tsuyoshi Kinugasa told reporters on October 30 that there was still a gap in between the two sides. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2015 [10/31 @ 3:20am] If Hatakeyama exercises his option, the Eagles could be interested. They might be willing to make a competitive offer for his services. A number of things makes Hatakeyama an attractive option for Rakuten: he is a right-handed bat with pop from the Tohoku region (Iwate). Source: Sponichi 10/30/2015 [10/30 @ 12:34pm] Hatakeyama could exercise his domestic FA option. He told reporters he was interested in testing the FA waters. He has already met the Swallows four times. He was apparently offered a three-year deal worth about 450 million yen (he made an estimated ninety million yen this year). If he does exercise his option, Rakuten is interested. Hatakeyama is an A rank player. Source: Sanspo 10/30/2015, Sponichi 10/30/2015
Hirai, Ryo YAK [10/27 @ 2:50am] The Swallows are planning to release and re-sign Hirai to an Ikusei contract. Source: Sanspo 10/26/2015
Iihara, Yasushi YAK [11/01 @ 11:04am] Iihara is not planning to exercise his domestic FA option. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2015 [10/31 @ 8:48pm] The Swallows have asked Iihara to return next season. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2015
Ishikawa, Masanori YAK [10/31 @ 8:49pm] The Swallows have asked Ishikawa to return next season. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2015
Sato, Yoshinori YAK [10/27 @ 2:49am] The Swallows are planning to release and re-sign Yoshinori to an Ikusei contract because the organization does not want him to feel rushed in his recovery. Source: Sanspo 10/26/2015
Takeuchi, Shinichi YAK [11/01 @ 11:05am] Takeuchi is not planning to exercise his FA domestic option. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2015 [10/31 @ 8:50pm] The Swallows have asked Takeuchi to return next season. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2015
Tanaka, Hiroyasu YAK [11/01 @ 10:55am] Tanaka told reporters on October 31 that he did not think he would exercise his FA option. Source: Sanspo 11/1/2015 [10/31 @ 3:24am] Tanaka has an international FA option. He has spoken to the Swallows a number of times, but is still thinking about exercising his option because he feels now might be a good time to move on to new challenges. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2015
Tateyama, Shohei YAK [11/01 @ 11:02am] The Swallows offered two years, but the two sides could settle on a one-year deal worth around 120 million yen. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2015 [10/31 @ 9:22pm] Tateyama spoke to the Swallows a number of times during the season. There was no haggling, they simply offered him a multi-year deal and he greatly appreciated the gesture. It is the main reason why he is not going to exercise his option. He will also most likely asked for a one year deal because he wants to take on seasons one at a time. Source: Chunichi Sports 10/31/2015 [10/31 @ 3:30am] Tateyama told reporters on October 30 that he does not plan on exercising his FA option because the Swallows offered him a multi-year deal. He also said that he wanted his salary to reflect his year-to-year performance. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2015Sponichi 10/30/2015
Barnette, Tony YAK [11/01 @ 9:26am] When reporters asked Barnette what he would do if he got an offer from an MLB team, he said he was not sure. He turns thirty-two in November. If he gets an offer, it could be his last opportunity to return to the Majors. He also said that he liked Japan and enjoyed playing for the Swallows. Yakult would be his first option if he stays in Japan, but he would be open to considering other offers as well. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2015Nikkan Sports 10/31/2015 [10/30 @ 7:26pm] The Swallows would like Barnette to return next year. They could offer him a two-year deal worth around 700 million yen. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2015
Roman, Orlando YAK [11/01 @ 10:56am] As of October 31, Roman is still not sure what his status is for 2016. Source: Sanspo 11/1/2015 [10/31 @ 3:25am] Whether or not Roman returns with the Swallows next year will depend on contract negotiations. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2015
Sanematsu, Kazunari YOM [10/31 @ 4:03pm] Sanematsu is not planning to exercise his FA option. He finished the final year of a three-year deal. The Giants have already told him that he is an important part of the team. Source: Chunichi Sports 10/31/2015
Mikolas, Miles YOM [10/27 @ 2:52am] The Giants are close to finalizing an agreement with Mikolas (reported to be a two-year deal worth an estimated five million US dollars). The organization is just waiting for a signature. Source: Sanspo 10/26/2015
Poreda, Aaron YOM [10/27 @ 2:55am] The Giants are exercising their option on Poreda and are in the final stages of working out an agreement (money issues). Source: Sanspo 10/26/2015
Kimura, Shogo HIR [10/31 @ 10:53pm] Kimura has a domestic FA option. Hiroshima has already asked him to stay, but he is in no rush to make a decision. He would be a C rank player. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2015
Kurihara, Kenta HIR [11/01 @ 1:10am] The Eagles are thinking about inviting Kurihara to a tryout during fall camp. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2015
Maeda, Kenta HIR [10/30 @ 12:40pm] The Diamondbacks are interested in Maeda. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2015
Guzman, Jesus HIR [10/26 @ 3:52pm] The media learned on October 25 that Hiroshima notified Guzman that they were not going to offer him a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/26/2015
Schierholtz, Nate HIR [10/26 @ 3:53pm] The media learned on October 25 that Hiroshima notified Schierholtz that they were not going to offer him a contract for the 2016 season.. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/26/2015
Zagurski, Mike HIR [10/26 @ 3:54pm] The media learned on October 25 that Hiroshima notified Zagurski that they were not going to offer him a contract for the 2016 season.. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/26/2015
Fujii, Atsushi CHU [10/31 @ 1:43am] The Tigers could be interested in Fujii because he is a C rank player (no compensation). Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2015 [10/30 @ 7:21pm] Fujii on his FA option: "I will sit down with my family and make a decision soon. Chunichi is my home team and I like it here. I have kids (or a kid) here and my wife wants me to stay. But I still haven't heard from the organization. I feel sad and lonely." He is a C rank player. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2015 [10/30 @ 6:35pm] Fujii told reporters on October 30 that he wanted to decide on his FA option after discussing options with his family. He has not yet spoken to the team and the team has yet to ask him to stay. Source: Sanspo 10/30/2015
Ishikawa, Takehiro YOK [11/01 @ 10:59am] The media learned on October 30 that Ishikawa informed Yokohama that he was not planning to exercise his option. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2015 [10/27 @ 10:45pm] Part of the reason why Ishikawa is not planning to exercise his FA option has to do with Alex Ramirez telling him to stay because he is an important part of the team. Source: Sponichi 10/27/2015 [10/27 @ 9:04pm] Ishikawa is not planning to exercise the domestic FA option he earned this year. Source: Daily Sports 10/27/2015
Osada, Shuichiro YOK [11/01 @ 11:00am] Osada has a domestic FA option. The Bay Stars offered him a one-year contract. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2015
Matsuda, Nobuhiro SOF [11/01 @ 7:49pm] The Buffaloes are keeping an eye on Matsuda. Source: Sponichi 11/1/2015 [11/01 @ 4:00pm] According to Nikkan Sports, the San Diego Padres are interested in Matsuda. They might be willing to offer him a multi-year deal. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015 [11/01 @ 9:29am] Matsuda plans to use all the time he has to think about his options. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2015 [10/31 @ 1:31am] Sports Hochi is reporting that the Hawks could put together a three-year deal worth around 350 million yen a season. Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2015 [10/30 @ 12:45pm] There is a chance Matsuda will exercise his international FA option. The Hawks would like him to stay and could offer him a four-year deal worth around 1.6 billion yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2015 ... The Hanshin Tigers are interested in Matsuda. He was a fan of the organization growing up. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2015Nikkan Sports 10/30/2015
Settsu, Tadashi SOF [10/31 @ 1:35am] The Hawks could offer Settsu a raise on his 400 million yen salary plus a multi-year contract. Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2015
Canizares, Barbaro SOF [11/01 @ 2:15am] Canizares is interested in returning to the Hawks next year. Softbank may have offered him a one-year deal. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2015
Kim, Mu-Young SOF [10/27 @ 10:50pm] The Eagles are interested in Softbank senryokugai Kim. They are looking for some bullpen help. Source: Sponichi 10/27/2015
Lee, Dae-Ho SOF [11/01 @ 4:19pm] A few more quotes from Lee: "No one has asked me questions and I haven't spoken to anyone. I'm surprised [to hear the reports]." ... "Of course I plan to play for Softbank next season. If I'm going to play in Japan, it will of course be for the Hawks." ... "I have the option, and right now, I would like to play for the Hawks." ... "When I [first] came to Japan, I wanted to try playing in the Majors, but the terms in Japan were better, so I came here." Lee is scheduled to meet his agent on November 2 and then hold a press conference on November 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2015 [10/31 @ 9:10pm] Lee finished out the second year of a two-year deal. There is an option for a third year. He appears to be open to returning next season. Source: ZakZak 10/31/2015 ... Lee does dream of playing in the Majors, but appears to be leaning toward returning to the Hawks next season. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2015 ... Tokyo Sports mentions rumors of Lee leaving for the Majors, but Lee told reporters on October 31 that he had a contract to think about and that he had yet to speak to his agent. The option is his. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/31/2015 ... The media in Korea is reporting that Lee is slated to hold a press conference on November 3 to talk about his plans to play in the Majors. There are also reports that Lee could turn down his option. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2015
Standridge, Jason SOF [10/31 @ 3:15am] Standridge told reporters on October 30 that he was not sure what was going to happen, other than he would most likely be playing baseball next year. He is currently not considering the United States. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/30/2015 [10/30 @ 7:30pm] The Hawks have not made a decision on Standridge. They could part ways if they cannot reach an agreement. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2015
van den Hurk, Rick SOF [10/27 @ 9:10pm] van den Hurk is in the first year of a two-year deal that is worth an estimated 150 million yen a year. The Hawks might be open to offering him an extension of two or more years at perhaps double the amount he is currently making  if he continues to pitch well next season. Source: ZakZak 10/27/2015
Wolfe, Brian SOF [10/30 @ 7:28pm] There is a good chance Wolfe will not return next year. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2015
Imae, Toshiaki LOT [11/01 @ 7:46pm] Orix is interested in Imae. Upgrading third base is a top priority for the Buffaloes. Source: Sponichi 11/1/2015 [10/30 @ 6:11pm] The Tigers are keeping an eye on Imae's status. Source: Sanspo 10/30/2015 [10/29 @ 6:34pm] Imae told reporters on October 28 that he met Lotte on October 27. He is still thinking about what to do and appears to be open to exercising his option. Source: Sports Hochi 10/29/2015Daily Sports 10/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/29/2015 [10/27 @ 10:48pm] Imae is expected to meet the Marines soon. He has not decided what to do with his international FA option. He will most likely decide after he sees Lotte's offer. He may be looking for a multi-year deal. A number of teams could be interested in him if he exercises his option. Source: Sponichi 10/27/2015
Omatsu, Shoitsu LOT [11/01 @ 11:09am] Omatsu has a domestic FA option. He told reporters on October 31 that he informed the organization he was not planning to exercise his option (they had already asked him to stay). Source: Sanspo 11/1/2015
Cruz, Luis LOT [10/20 @ [6:32pm] Lotte has made Cruz an offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2015
Kuriyama, Takumi SEI [10/29 @ 7:50am] Kuriyama was offered a one-year contract. Source: Daily Sports 10/28/2015 [10/27 @ 11:02pm] Kuriyama met with Seibu on October 27 and decided to stay. Source: Sponichi 10/27/2015
Sumitani, Ginjiro SEI [10/27 @ 10:52pm] Sumitani will not exercise his international FA option. He met with the Lions on October 27 and was offered a two-year deal. Source: Sponichi 10/27/2015, Sponichi 10/27/2015
Watanabe, Naoto SEI [10/29 @ 7:51am] Watanabe was offered a one-year contract. Source: Daily Sports 10/28/2015 [10/27 @ 11:04pm] Watanabe met with Seibu on October 27 and decided to stay. Source: Sponichi 10/27/2015
Yoneno, Tomohito SEI [11/01 @ 2:13am] The Fighters are interested in Seibu senyokugai Yoneno. Nippon Ham likes his potential as catcher (he was registered as a catcher until he was converted to an outfielder in 2012). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2015
Tsuchiya, Teppei ORI [10/27 @ 2:18pm] The Eagles are interested in Orix senryokugai Teppei. Source: Daily Sports 10/27/2015
Aoyama, Koji RAK [11/01 @ 11:03am] Aoyama was reportedly offered a one-year deal. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2015 [11/01 @ 12:52am] Aoyama is not fully satisfied with the money and wants to continue negotiations. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2015 [10/31 @ 9:16pm] Aoyama was not completely satisfied with the Eagles' offer and wanted more time to think about his options. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2015 [10/30 @ 7:41pm] Aoyama met the Eagles on October 30. He has not yet made a decision about 2016. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2015 [10/26 @ 3:39pm] Aoyama earned an international FA option this year. He has mentioned an interest in playing in the Majors before, but has told the Eagles he would like to stay with the team. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2015
Shima, Motohiro RAK [10/31 @ 8:45pm] Shima is in the middle of a four-year contract, but there is a clause that gives him the right to exercise his option. Additionally, terms are variable, so negotiations take place after each season. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2015 [10/30 @ 7:44pm] Shima is interested in staying for a couple of reasons: Senichi Hoshino is actively involved and there is a new manager in Masataka Nashida. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2015 [10/30 @ 5:36pm] Shima met team officials on October 30. He later spoke to reporters and said that he was not planning to exercise his option. He did finish off the second year of a four-year deal. Formal contract negotiations will take place after the Premier 12. Source: Sanspo 10/30/2015 [10/30 @ 11:20am] Shima is scheduled to sit down with the Eagles on October 30. He has an international FA option. Source: Sanspo 10/29/2015, Sponichi 10/29/2015
Fujikawa, Kyuji -- [10/31 @ 3:32am] Tomoaki Kanemoto the Tigers were talking to Fujikawa. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2015 [10/31 @ 1:39am] The Swallows might be giving up on Fujikawa because negotiations are not going well. Their last offer may have been a two-year deal worth about sixty million yen a year. Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2015
Kawasaki, Munenori -- [10/30 @ 12:33pm] The Hawks, Buffaloes, Eagles, and Lions are interested in Kawasaki. Source: Sanspo 10/30/2015 [10/29 @ 6:35pm] The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Kawasaki. Source: Sports Hochi 10/29/2015
Murata, Toru -- [10/26 @ 4:04pm] The Tigers are interested in Murata. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2015
Sato, Takanori -- [10/27 @ 9:58pm] Former Swallow Sato is planning to attend NPB tryouts on November 10. Source: Sponichi 10/27/2015
Wada, Tsuyoshi -- [10/30 @ 12:32pm] The Hawks are interested in Wada. Source: Sanspo 10/30/2015

Contract Agreements

Player Team Latest Update
Mikolas, Miles YOM [10/27 @ 9:03pm] According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a two-year deal worth two million US dollars a year. Source: Daily Sports 10/27/2015 [10/27 @ 5:01pm] The Giants announced that they reached an agreement with Mikolas for the 2016 season. Source: official announcement
Ono, Shota HAM [10/26 @ 9:10pm] Sponichi is reporting that Ono's salary in 2016 will be an estimated forty-five million plus incentives. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2015 [10/26 @ 6:38pm] The Fighters announced that they signed Ono to a multi-year deal. They also announced that Ono's uniform number will change from 2 to 27. Source: official announcement ... According to Daily Sports, the two sides agreed to a two-year deal. Source: Daily Sports 10/26/2015
Aihara, Kazutomo RAK [10/29 @ 8:08am] 8.1 million yen, no change. Source: Sports Hochi 10/28/2015
Aizawa, Susumu RAK [10/29 @ 6:26pm] 7.2 million yen, no change. Source: Chunichi Sports 10/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/29/2015
Anraku, Tomohiro RAK [10/27 @ 4:33pm] Twelve million yen, no change. Source: Sports Hochi 10/27/2015, Daily Sports 10/27/2015
Fernando, Luciano RAK [10/28 @ 10:30pm] 8.6 million yen, up 600,000 yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2015
Fukuda, Masayoshi RAK [10/28 @ 10:32pm] 10.8 million yen, up 800,000 yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2015
Furukawa, Yuri RAK [10/29 @ 6:25pm] Six million yen, no change. Source: Chunichi Sports 10/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/29/2015
Hamaya, Kodai RAK [10/29 @ 7:46am] Ten million yen, no change. Source: Daily Sports 10/28/2015
Irino, Takahiro RAK [10/27 @ 4:34pm] Seven million yen, no change. Source: Sports Hochi 10/27/2015
Ito, Ryota RAK [10/27 @ 5:26pm] Eight million yen, no change. Source: Chunichi Sports 10/27/2015
Kato, Masashi RAK [10/27 @ 9:00pm] Eight million yen, no change. Source: Sports Hochi 10/27/2015
Miyoshi, Takumi RAK [10/27 @ 4:35pm] 6.3 million yen, no change. Source: Sports Hochi 10/27/2015
Mori, Yudai RAK [10/29 @ 6:24pm] 9.5 million yen, no change. Source: Chunichi Sports 10/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/29/2015
Ono, Fumiya RAK [10/27 @ 4:36pm] Six million yen, no change. Source: Sports Hochi 10/27/2015
Otsuka, Takahito RAK [10/29 @ 8:16am] 5.7 million yen, no change. Source: Sports Hochi 10/28/2015
Shimotsuma, Takahiro RAK [10/28 @ 10:34pm] Six million yen, no change. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2015
Uchida, Yasuhito RAK [10/27 @ 4:37pm] Six million yen, no change. Source: Sports Hochi 10/27/2015
Yokoyama, Takaaki RAK [10/29 @ 6:23pm] 8.1 million yen, no change. Source: Chunichi Sports 10/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/29/2015

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Other

  • [11/01 @ 12:34am] The Swallows are not planning to sit down with players that exercise their FA options. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2015
  • [11/01 @ 12:31am] General manager Hiromitsu Ochiai is not planning to attend contract negotiation meetings. Team representative Kazuo Nishimyama will be handling negotiations. Last year, Ochiai attended the first round of negotiations, but did not return to the table for additional discussions. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2015, Sponichi 10/31/2015
  • [10/31 @ 1:17am] The Swallows are interested in pitcher David Huff. A number of teams in Korea are also said to be interested in Huff. Yakult see Huff as a possible option for the starting rotation. Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2015
  • [10/28 @ 5:10pm] Pitchers Mitch Atkins and Will Oliver will be attending tryouts with the Yokohama Bay Stars during fall practice (beginning on October 27). Source: Sanspo 10/27/2015
  • [10/26 @ 4:00pm] Head coach Shigekazu Mori left Japan out of Narita Airport for the Dominican Republic on October 25. He is looking to sign one position player (right-handed, with pop, first base) and one pitcher. He already has six or seven candidates on his list of players to check. He has about 500 million yen to spend. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2015

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