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[12/5/2013] Sponichi: Softbank getting ready to announce agreements with Lee, Standridge, Wolfe, and Sarfate

by on Dec.05, 2013 @ 4:08 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Sponichi, the Softbank Hawks may be very close to making an announcement of deals with Dae-Ho Lee (31), Jason Standridge (35), Brian Wolfe (33), and Dennis Sarfate (32).  The Hawks may have spent about 1.6 billion yen on all four players, with about half going to Lee in the form of a two-year deal worth an estimated 800 million yen.  That could push Softbank's 2013 winter shopping total to a whopping 2.6 billion yen, which, by the way, would be more than the current proposed upper threshold for posting system bids.

Source: Sponichi 12/5/2013

[11/26/2013] Yasuyuki Kataoka, Katsuki Yamazaki, Jason Standridge, Brian Wolfe, Brad Eldred

by on Nov.27, 2013 @ 2:24 am, under NPB
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ZakZak feels that the Yomiuri Giants have yet to reach out to Yasuyuki Kataoka because they are still trying to decide if they really need him.  They have a number of internal candidates at second base, like Takayuki Terauchi, Daisuke Nakai, and Daisuke Fujimura, but not everyone in the organization is convinced that they are good enough to play on a daily basis.

Source: ZakZak 11/26/2013

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Tokyo Sports wonders if the Yomiuri Giants plan to include Takahiro Aoki on their list of protected players.  If they do not, Hiroshima could take him back with their compensation pick for losing Kan Otake.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/26/2013

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The Orix Buffaloes announced that they will meet Katsuki Yamazaki for a second round of negotiations on the 29th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2013

According to Sports Hochi, the two sides have already reached an agreement and that an announcement could take place in Fukuoka some time this week.  Orix is thought to have offered Yamazaki a three-year deal worth 150 million yen that includes an understanding that the organization will make considerations to hire him as a coach after he retires.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/26/2013

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The Softbank Hawks could ramp up efforts to sign Jason Standridge and Brian Wolfe after losing out on Kan Otake.  They are also looking into Tsuyoshi Wada.

Kenichi Nakata and Shinya Tsuruoka are expected to sign with Softbank.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2013

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The Hiroshima Carp are reportedly close to finalizing an extension with Brad Eldred.  They were originally planning to part ways with Eldred, but his late-season surge impressed the coaches enough for them to push for his return.

Hiroshima has decided not to re-sign Fred Lewis.  As of now, the Carp have five foreign players on the seventy-man roster in 2014: Eldred, Bryan Bullington, Kam Mickolio, Kila Ka'aihue, and Zach Phillips.  The front office could add a sixth -- they are looking at right-handed position players.

Source: Daily Sports 11/26/203

[11/17/2013] Rumors: Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.18, 2013 @ 3:45 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

The Lions are planning to give Tsuyoshi Takashima a tryout during fall camp.

Takashima was selected by Orix in the 4th round of the 2008 draft.  He was senryokugai'ed in October 2011.  He signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers in April this year (21 G, 6-for-41, .146/.222/.244).

Source: Sponichi 11/17/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles are interested in Jason Standridge, regardless of what happens with Masahiro Tanaka.  The organization wants more dependable starting pitchers since they only had two this season (Tanaka and Takahiro Norimoto).  There are other pitchers in the organization that could step up next season, but the Eagles are uncomfortable with having so many questions marks in the starting rotation, especially since Tanaka is also an unknown at this point.

Source: Sponichi 11/17/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows are reportedly close to finalizing a deal with Hiroki Sanada.  He is expected to undergo a physical within the next few days.  An announcement will likely follow, assuming no problems are found.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Samsung contacted the Tigers on Saturday to inform them that they were too pre-occupied with the Asia Series and would not be able to make decision on Seung Hwan Oh until the Series was over.  Hanshin is prepared to wait at least until then.

Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2013

GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters negotiations on Friday were at fifty-fifty.  He felt a little better on Saturday and upgraded his outlook to sixty-forty.  He apparently felt a more positive vibe from Oh's agent.

Source: Sanspo 11/17/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars have an interest in Brian WolfeJason Standridge, and Dennis Houlton and could attempt to sign one of the three.

Source: Sponichi 11/17/2013

General

Sportsnet.ca's Ben Nicholson-Smith tweeted that Wily Mo Pena will likely sign with a team in Japan.  NESN's Ricky Doyle followed it up with this report:

... Pena has spent the last two years in Japan playing for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball. He hit .233 (35-for-150) with one home run and 16 RBIs in just 55 games in 2013, but hit .280 with 21 homers and 76 RBIs in 130 games in 2012.

The best fit for Pena seemingly is in Japan, as the outfielder struggled to stick at the major league level despite tremendous raw power. Pena hit 26 home runs in 110 games with the Reds in 2004 and 19 in 99 games in 2005 before being dealt to the Red Sox in exchange for Bronson Arroyo prior to the 2006 season. He hit .301 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs in 84 games with Boston in 2006, but was later shipped to the Nationals in August of 2007, at which point his big league career really began to fizzle out.

Source: NESN.com 11/12/2013

[11/15/2013] Rumors: Matt Murton, Seung Hwan Oh, Manny Ramirez, Jason Standridge, Brian Wolfe

by on Nov.15, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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A number of teams, including the Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, and Yokohama Bay Stars, could be interested in Brian Wolfe.

Source: Sponichi 11/14/2013

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The Orix Buffaloes could switch gears and look into Manny Ramirez.  Some in the organization believe it will be important to replace Dae-Ho Lee with a big-name player.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/15/2013

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The Yomiuri Giants are interested in Jason Standridge.

Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2013

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The Tigers are planning to fill their foreign player roster slots with two pitchers and two position players next year.  They are looking into a fifth foreign player in case one of the four on the active roster gets hurt.

Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2013

The biggest sticking point in negotiations for Samsung's Seung Hwan Oh is apparently the amount of the transfer fee.  There was a tentative deadline today that could not be met, but the Tigers plan to continue negotiations.

GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters that they came to terms with Matt Muron.

Source: Sponichi 11/15/2013, Sponichi 11/15/2013

[10/8/2013] Rumors: Kenichi Nakata, Brian Wolfe, Dae-Ho Lee, Seung-Hwan Oh, Chunichi manager

by on Oct.08, 2013 @ 3:43 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

According to Sports Hochi, the Chunichi Dragons may have offered Kenichi Nakata a four-year deal.

"We have spoken to him.  There is no doubt we need him.  We will show him as much good faith as possible.  We think a four-year deal could work," team official Norihito Nishiwaki said.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/8/2013

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The Dragons are planning to let their new manager make decisions on Matt Clark and Warner Madrigal.

The team has already decided to Hector Luna and Daniel Cabrera back in 2014.  Bradley Bergesen was released in September.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/8/2013

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Motonobu Tanishige may now be the leading candidate to replace Morimichi Takagi as manager of the team in 2014 (whether he returns as a player/manager or retires is something that would have to be discussed).  There is also talk Shigekazu Mori could return as head coach to assist Tanishige.

Source: Sanspo 10/8/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers are interested in Brian Wolfe, as are the Softbank Hawks.  The Nippon Ham Fighters are expected to part ways with Wolfe because they can no longer afford to keep him.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks could be prepared to spend about 1.5 billion yen during the off-season.  They currently have their eyes on Dae-Ho LeeKenichi Nakata, and Seung-Hwan Oh.

They could offer Lee a two-year deal worth over 700 million yen; Nakata a three year deal worth 400 million yen; and Oh a two-year deal worth over 400 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/8/2013

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The Hawks could also be looking at Aarom Baldiris.

Source: Sponichi 10/8/2013

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According to Sanspo, Softbank is looking into both Oh and Hideki Okajima.

Source: Sanspo 10/8/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Dae-Ho Lee is open to staying with the Buffaloes if they can work out a deal that fills his needs.  Orix could begin preliminary negotiations with Lee's agent as early as this week.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/8/2013

The players signed a "please return next season" message card and presented it to Lee before pre-game practices on Monday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2013

[10/7/2013] Rumors: Kenichi Nakata, Chunichi manager, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.08, 2013 @ 1:23 am, under NPB
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Kenichi Nakata

If Kenichi Nakata decides to exercise his FA option, the Softbank Hawks could offer him a three to four-year deal.  The Yakult Swallows and Hanshin Tigers could also get involved.

Source: Daily Sports 10/7/2013

The Chunichi Dragons could be preparing to offer Nakata a four-year deal.  They may also be willing to keep their offer on the table while he shops around with other organizations.

Source: Daily Sports 10/7/2013

Nikkan Sports notes the Dragons will likely offer a contract with three or more years.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Team owner Bungo Shirai told reporters on Monday he would like to decide on a new manager before the end of the week.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/7/2013

Yakult Swallows

According to Sanspo, the Swallows have decided not to offer Itsuki Shoda (31), Taiyo Fujita (33), Kosuke Matsui (35), Keisuke Mizuta (32), and Yusuke Kusuki (29) contracts for the 2014 season.  The five players returned to Tokyo after the Farm Championship on the 6th.  An announcement is expected shortly.

Source: Sanspo 10/8/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers are interested in bringing Matt Murton back next season, especially since he is a proven presence, but they do have a budget they can not go over.

Source: Daily Sports 10/7/2013

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The Tigers' top priority this coming off-season is signing a pitcher that can close.  They are also hoping to land a power hitter that can bat clean-up.

Source: Sanspo 10/7/2013, Sanspo 10/7/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Quotes on FA options:

Shinya Tsuruoka - I would like to negotiate with staying a top priority, but the option is a right that I earned so there are things I still want to think about.

Eiichi Koyano - It would be lie for me to say that I am uninterested in the market, but I will talk to Nippon Ham first.  I owe them that much for what they have to done for me.

Source: Sponichi 10/7/2013

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The Fighters will most likely exercise Michel Abreu's option for the 2014 season.  They are expected to part ways with Brian Wolfe and Justin Thomas.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/7/2013

Softbank Hawks

Wily Mo Pena returned to the US on Monday.  Before leaving, he spoke to reporters and said, "It was a disappointing season.  I got hurt and I could not help the team."  When asked about next season, he expressed a desire to remain with the Hawks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Dae-Ho Lee spoke to reporters on Monday about next season and said, "I would like to stay with Orix.  I am currently not thinking about playing anywhere else."  Negotiations between Lee and the Buffaloes will continue.

Lee will be taken off the active roster on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2013, Asahi Shimbun 10/8/2013

[10/4/2013] Rumors: Yokohama Bay Stars, Casey McGehee

by on Oct.05, 2013 @ 1:46 am, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars will be keeping their eye on several pitchers this winter, including Kenshin Kawakami, Hisanori Takahashi (if he decides to return), Brian Wolfe, and Hideaki Wakui.

Source: Sponichi 10/4/2013

Rakuten Eagles

SportsNet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that Casey McGehee will explore potential MLB opportunities during the upcoming off-season.  A snip:

In his first season overseas, the 30-year-old infielder hit 27 home runs while driving in 90 and posting an .883 OPS for the Eagles. He isn't ruling out staying in Japan, but he plans to explore a return to MLB in the coming months.

[...] "It has been a great season in Japan and at the end of the season he will decide whether to continue in Japan or return here," agent Barry Meister said.

Source: SportsNet 10/2/2013

[8/8/2013] Injury Updates: Tateoka, Nakai (YOM), Milledge (YAK), Wolfe (HAM), Nishiguchi (SEI)

by on Aug.08, 2013 @ 9:15 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Soichiro Tateoka was examined at a hospital in Tokyo today and diagnosed with a ligament injury in his right ankle.  He is scheduled to begin his rehab at Giants Stadium on Friday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2013

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Daisuke Nakai played catch and took some soft-toss batting practice today for the first time since he injured his left knee.

Source: Sanspo 8/8/2013

Yakult Swallows

Lastings Milledge crashed into the wall in left while chasing down a hit by Kazuhiro Wada in the 2nd inning of today's game against Chunichi and hurt his left ankle.  He got some treatment and returned to the game but ended up leaving one batter later.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Brian Wolfe left today's game after he developed a cramp in his right side while throwing warm-up pitches before the 7th inning of tonight's game against Seibu.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2013

Seibu Lions

Fumiya Nishiguchi was pulled from the game after he started feeling discomfort in his right calf after throwing one pitch to Shota Ono with a runner on first and two out in the 6th inning of today's game against Nippon Ham.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2013