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[1/19/2014] Orix Buffaloes interested in Alex Cabrera

by on Jan.19, 2014 @ 9:18 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Sponichi, the Orix Buffaloes are interested in forty-two-year-old Alex Cabrera.  The Buffaloes have been looking for a bat to fill the hole left by the departure of Dae-Ho Lee.  Cabrera showed good power while playing winter ball in the Venezuela (twenty-one home runs and fifty-nine RBI in fifty-nine games, slash-line of .391/.480/.744) and team officials feel he might be able to provide the team with the pop they are looking for.  As an added bonus, Cabrera does not require a foreign player roster slot because he has more than eight years of service time on the active roster in Japan.

The Buffaloes are currently thinking about offering Cabrera a contract worth about thirty million yen.  It might not be enough, but the veteran has expressed some interest in returning to Japan.

Source: Sponichi 1/19/2014

[12/24/2014] Alex Cabrera sets Venezuelan Winter League home run record, Orix interested

by on Dec.24, 2013 @ 8:48 pm, under NPB, Other
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Alex Cabrera (42) set a new Venezuelan Winter League home run record by hitting his twenty-first home run of the season on Sunday.  From MLB.com's Andrew Simon:

... Cabrera broke the league's 33-year-old record for most home runs in a season on Sunday in his 57th game, smacking No. 21 for Tiburones de La Guaira in their 4-3 win over Caribes de Anzoategui. The grand slam to left field broke former big league catcher Bo Diaz's 1980 mark, according to the Associated Press.

... With four games left on La Guaira's regular-season schedule, Cabrera is on pace to become the league's first Triple Crown winner. He is leading the league in homers with a .396 batting average and 58 RBIs.

Source: MLB.com 12/22/2013

The Orix Buffaloes are interested in Cabrera.

Source: Sanspo 12/24/2013

[11/27/2013] Yomiuri meets Kataoka; Orix interested in Alex Cabrera; McGehee confident he can play in the States

by on Nov.28, 2013 @ 12:06 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

The Hanshin Tigers will continue keep their eye on the foreign market for additional help (focus on pitching) and are open to signing a fifth foreign player.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/27/2013, Sanspo 11/27/2013


Team official Eiichi Takano told reporters that there were no new developments with Yasutomo Kubo and Kenichi Nakata.

Source: Sponichi 11/27/2013

Yomiuri Giants

The Yomiuri Giants met Yasuyuki Kataoka at a hotel in Tokyo on Wednesday.  They may have offered him a two-year deal worth about 300 million yen and the number eight.  Tatsunori Hara spoke to Kataoka over the phone during the meeting.  The Giants see him as their potential full-time second baseman.

Source: ZakZak 11/27/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Orix Buffaloes are looking into Alex Cabrera (41).  He is currently playing winter ball in Venezuela with Tiburones de La Guaira and is 53-for-132 in thirty-seven games with a slash line of .402/.487/.765.

There is some concern about Cabrera's age, but they like his power potential and the fact that he will not take up a slot as a foreign player.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/27/2013, MiLB profile


Team director Ryuzo Setoyama will be heading to the US in early-December to help the team secure a foreign player that will fill the hole left by Dae-Ho Lee's departure.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2013

The Buffaloes offered Aarom Baldiris a multi-year deal.  Setoyama hinted on Wednesday that talks were not going well.

Source: Sponichi 11/27/2013

Seibu Lions

Team official Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters on Wednesday that there was a good chance Esteban German and Dennis Sarfate will not be returning next year since they have yet to hear back from them.  Other NPB have shown an interest in both players.

Soure: Sponichi 11/27/2013, Sports Hochi 11/27/2013


The Lions are planning to select players plus money as compensation for losing Hideaki Wakui (rank A) and Yasuyuki Kataoka (rank B).

Source: Sponichi 11/27/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The latest on Casey McGehee, from the New York Daily News' Anthony McCarron:

"I enjoyed my time over there and we had a good run, winning the whole thing," McGehee said. "There's still part of me that's confident I can perform in the States and do what I did in Milwaukee again. I want to see what my choices are.

"I wouldn't regret going back to Japan, but I'd at least like to know if there's a chance here."

... "I finally had a year going where I was consistent and didn't have big drop-offs," McGehee said. "That was good for me. It just kind of confirmed things that I have to do to be successful and that part was really rewarding."

Source: New York Daily News 11/26/2013

Alex Cabrera would like to play in Japan again next year

by on Aug.01, 2012 @ 8:39 am, under NPB

According to Sports Hochi, Alex Cabrera is hoping to return to the NPB next season.  He is currently working out in Fukuoka while his agent fields interest from teams in the MLB.

Said Cabrera, "I can still play.  If [a team is willing] to give me a chance, I am ready to return to Japan immediately. ... Physically, I have no problems. ... If I can get a deal in the US, I will finish out the season over there."

Alex Cabrera’s run with the Softbank Hawks ends

by on Jul.24, 2012 @ 4:02 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks announced today that they are parting ways with Alex Cabrera.

According to Daily Sports, Cabrera would like to play for another team.  Softbank will place Cabrera on waivers to see if there is any interest.

UPDATE @ 4:50pm - Cabrera cleaned out his locker at Yahoo Dome today.

Softbank director of player development, Shigeru Ishiwata, on Cabrera: "We can only provide a limited number of opportunities.  [Cabrera] also felt he would not receive many changes even when healthy.  We did speak to other teams about him...  He feels he can still play."

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2012

Softbank Hawks: Alex Cabrera to return to Venezuela to care for mother

by on May.23, 2012 @ 1:46 pm, under NPB
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The media learned on Tuesday that Alex Cabrera will be returning to Venezuela to in order to take care of his sick mother.  He is expected to be return to Japan some time early next month.

Cabrera has been working his way back from a right calf injury.  Whether he will be able to return before Inter-league play is unknown.

UPDATE @ 2:52pm - Cabrera is currently scheduled to return to Japan on May 29.

Softbank Hawks: March 28, 2012

by on Mar.29, 2012 @ 6:21 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Tadashi Settsu faced six batters during situational batting practice and threw fifteen pitches. (Sports Hochi)
  • Brad Penny faced fourteen batters during batting practice and gave up three hits, struck out five, and threw a total seventy-two pitches. (Nikkan Sports)


The Hawks held a kick-off party at a restaurant on Wednesday.


Alex Cabrera and Hitoshi Tamura were left off the 2012 Opening Day Roster because Cabrera is nursing a bad right hamstring and Tamura is having problems with his back.

Cabrera has started taking batting, but it still unable to run.


The Hawks announced on Wednesday that the San-gun team will play eighteen games against Ni-gun KBO teams in April, May, and July.


Images of ten players appeared on four boarding bridges at Fukuoka Airport on Wednesday.  The images will remain up for about two weeks.

Softbank Hawks: March 3, 2012

by on Mar.04, 2012 @ 3:38 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice


  • Alex Cabrera hit a homer estimated at 155 meters during pre-game batting practice. (Nikkan Sports)


  • Wily Mo Pena took forty swings during batting practice and hit seven over the fence, including a bomb to left-center estimated at 145 meters. (Sponichi)  Or forty-eight swings and six homers. (Nikkan Sports)


Wily Mo Pena on adjusting to Japanese pitchers, via Nikkan Sports: "I am not going to think about hitting home runs [right now].  I just want to make contact. ... I want to see as many pitches as possible from as many different pitchers."

Softbank Hawks: February 18, 2012

by on Feb.18, 2012 @ 11:31 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • 5th round draft pick Shinya Kayama threw sixty-eight pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen. (Daily Sports)


Koji Akiyama stood in the batter's box during 5th round draft pick Shinya Kayama's bullpen session today.


Alex Cabrera did not play in today's intra-squad game because of tightness in his right leg and 4th round draft pick Naoki Shirane rejoined the team today.


Juan Carlos Paniagua arrived in MIyazaki on Friday.  His tryouts will take place between February 18 and 26.


Akiyama could be thinking about an outfield with Wily Mo Pena in left, Seiichi Uchikawa in center, with either Nobuhiko Matsunaka or Alex Cabrera as DH.


5th round draft pick Kayama has about 200 relatives.  He would like to try and invite about 100 of them to an exhibition game against Hiroshima on February 25.

Softbank Hawks: February 2, 2012

by on Feb.02, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Special hitting instructor Futoshi Nakanishi spent about an hour giving Kenta Imamiya advice on hitting today.


Alex Cabrera arrived at Miyazaki Airport today and will join the team for spring camp on Friday.


Sadaharu Oh spent about two hours working with Yuki Yanagita on his hitting on Wednesday.


Tadashi Settsu has tweaked his pitching mechanics a little -- he increased his stride by about ten centimeters.


Kazuyuki Hoashi did not toss a bullpen session on the first day of spring camp.


Imamiya, Keisuke Kaneko, and 3rd round draft pick Masayoshi Tsukada are potential starting shortstop candidates.


Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions


  • Wily Mo Pena took thirty-nine swings and hit seven over the fence. (Daily Sports)


  • Tadashi Settsu threw 30 pitches to a squatting catcher. (Nikkan Sports) He threw 34 pitches on Wednesday. (Sponichi)