Seibu Lions' team director Haruhiko Suzuki spoke to reporters today and said the team was close to re-signing Jose Ortiz (35), Esteban German (34), and Randy Williams (37) to contracts for the 2013 season.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2012
In other team news...
The Lions announced a list of uniform number changes: Ortiz from 14 to 8; Masamitsu Hirano from 19 to 23; Ryo Hayashizaki from 00 to 45; Fumikazu Kimura from 41 to 51; and Michael Nakamura from 69 to 121. New Ikusei players Anyenil Mendoza and Abner Abreu were assigned the numbers 124 and 125, respectively. Source: official announcement
Shotaro Tashiro lost ten kilograms over the course of the regular season and plans to regain it during the winter. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2012
Hisanobu Watanabe feels Tatsuya Oishi and Ryo Sakata could become key players next year -- Oishi out of the bullpen and Sakata in the outfield. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2012
Hiroyuki Nakajima returned to Japan today and is scheduled to attend fan appreciation day on Friday. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2012