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[11/24/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Alfredo Despaigne, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers have made the best offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) so far, according to people close to the situation. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

Leslie Anderson, Frederich Cepeda, Scott Mathieson, and Hector Mendoza will most likely return to the Yomiuri Giants next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014

Ryosuke Hirata (26) is not planning to accept the Chunichi Dragons' terms for 2015 until he is fully satisfied he is getting paid his fair share, even if it means negotiations run into next year. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines would like Alfredo Despaigne (28) to return to their team next year. They are planning to offer a salary of about 200 million yen plus permissions to skip spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014

The Softbank Hawks may be close to announcing an agreement with Daisuke Matsuzaka (34). Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Eiichi Koyano heading to the Orix Buffaloes, the Seibu Lions will most likely check the overseas market for third basemen, in addition to a starting pitcher. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are interested in Tony Blanco (34). Source: Sanspo 11/24/2014

[11/23/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Andruw Jones, Wily Mo Pena

by on Nov.24, 2014 @ 5:45 am, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks and Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) may be close to finalizing a four-year deal worth an estimated 1.6 billion yen (not including incentives). The Hawks are planning to offer Matsuzaka the number eighteen. Matsuzaka will most likely leave his family behind in Boston during the season. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014 ... Matsuzaka may be close to finalizing a three-year deal worth at least 1.2 million yen (including incentives). A deal could be reached in early December. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014 ... Matsuzaka may have decided to return to Japan because he wants to start. Source: Sports Hochi 11/23/2014

The Twins are interested in Wily Mo Pena (32), according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Mike Berardino. Source: Tweet 11/22/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are not sure what to do about Andruw Jones (37). Jones has hit fifty home runs in two years, but with a low batting average of .232. He would like to return next year, but the Eagles are looking at other options, like Pena and Tony Blanco. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014

Yokohama senryokugai Shugo Fujii (37) attended a batting practice pitcher tryout with the Yomiuri Giants on Saturday. He threw 122 pitches and faced a number of players, including Tomoya Inzen and Daisuke Nakai. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014 ... Fujii has also received a player contract offer from an independent league team. He is planning to make a decision about 2015 within the next few days. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

Yohei Oshima (29) could go through salary arbitration with the Chunichi Dragons. If he does, he will become the eighth player in NPB history to go to arbitration, first since Hideaki Wakui in 2010; and the second player in franchise history to go to arbitration, first since Hiromitsu Ochiai in 1991. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

[11/22/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Bryan Bullington, Yohei Oshima

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 4:16 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers likely sweetened their package to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) by adding a fourth year to their three-year offer and the uniform number six. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Yomiuri Giants are close to finalizing contracts with Miles Mikolas (26) and Aaron Poreda (28). The only thing remaining is a standard drug test. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Toyama Thunderbirds (BC League) are interested in Yokohama senryokugai Takuro Ito (21). Toyama will most likely make a move on Ito if he does not receive any offers from NPB teams. Source: Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

Shugo Fujii (37) has received some player contract offers (independent league and overseas leagues), but none from the NPB. He has also received an offer to become a batting practice pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Seibu Lions are currently checking the overseas market for starting arms. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Softbank Hawks announced that they re-signed Daichiro Ito (21), Takeshi Hosoyamada (28), Naoki Shirane (21) and Koki Kanno (22) to Ikusei contracts. They also signed Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata (20) to an Ikusei contract. He was assigned the number 137. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014, Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

The Orix Buffaloes may be close to finalizing a contract with Bryan Bullington (34). An announcement could be made once Hiroshima removes him from their reserved list. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Buffaloes' official Ryuzo Setoyama told reporters on Friday that they made a formal offer for Wily Mo Pena (32) about five days go. It was their first official offer. Source: Daily Sports 11/22/2014

Yohei Oshima was offered an estimated seventy-four million yen during contract negotiations with Chunichi on Saturday. He placed the offer on hold because he felt his performance this season was worth more than a 17.75 million yen raise, especially after he was penalized with a 56.25 million yen salary cut last year. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014 ... Ryosuke Hirata also decided not to sign after he was offered a twelve million yen raise. He felt his performance warranted a bigger raise. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

[11/21/2014] Chunichi Dragons to part ways with Payano, Cabrera

by on Nov.21, 2014 @ 10:42 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they placed Nelson Payano (32) and Daniel Cabrera (33) on waivers.

The Dragons also announced two additions to their staff:

  • Kosuke Matsuoka - Ikusei coach / Shoryukan director
  • Kenji Imaeda - Conditioning / training coach

Source: official announcement, official announcementSponichi 11/21/2014, Sports Hochi 11/21/2014

[11/19/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 2:03 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Intra-squad game on Wednesday: Hiroya Shimamoto (Ikusei) tossed a shutout inning in relief. He allowed an infield hit and walked one. He got Naoto Nishida to hit into a double play with runners on first and second and one out. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014 ... Kentaro Kuwahara tossed two perfect innings in relief. Yuta Iwasada gave up two run in two innings as one of two starters. Kazuyuki Kaneda also recorded two shutout innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014 ... Naomasa Yokawa hit a home run to left in the 7th inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014
  • Rene Leveret (29) hit two home runs during a batting practice scrimmage on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014
  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi told reporters on Tuesday that 1st round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama will only be allowed to attend Ichi-gun spring camp after coaches have had a chance to check on his conditioning. He also has to clear tests on his shoulder, elbow, and back. He wants to avoid pushing the rookie too hard too quickly. Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014
  • Nakanishi is fine with Shintaro Fujinami taking things slow this winter after an extended season due to the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. He will not expect Fujinami to toss full bullpen sessions during the first block of spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Intra-squad game on Wednesday: Allen Kuri started the game for the Whites. He tossed four shutout innings and allowed three hits. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014
  • Intra-squad game on Tuesday: Danilo DeJesus Araujo gave up four runs on six hits over two innings of work. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014 ... Shota Dobayashi got the start at third and batted clean-up for the Reds. He recorded two hits and three RBI. He recorded a single to right in the 1st, a sac fly to right in the 2nd, and a two-run triple to right-center in the 6th. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014
  • Yuta Nakamura was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right medial malleolus. It could take about a month for a full recovery. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons announced that they came to terms with Tomoya Yagi and Kyohei Kamezawa on Tuesday. Yagi was assigned the number 58 and Kamezawa the number 53. Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shinji Ohara is having problems with his left shoulder. There is no timetable on when he might be able to resume throwing practices. There is a chance he will not be ready for opening day next year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2014

[11/18/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.19, 2014 @ 4:18 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara is planning to use Kentaro Nishimura as a starter next season. Nishimura has not started a game since 2011. Source: Sanspo 11/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami is planning to rest his arm by shutting things down until the end of the winter. He will focus on general training in December. He might play some catch, but will not throw any bullpen sessions for the rest of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014, Daily Sports 11/18/2014, Sponichi 11/18/2014 ... Fujinami feels the number of bullpen sessions tossed is more important than the number of pitches tossed. Pitchers generally throw 100 to 200 pitches during spring camp bullpen sessions while Fujinami throws around thirty to forty pitches. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Allen Kuri threw 131 pitches in the bullpen on Monday. He has now thrown 1,610 pitches since the start of fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2014
  • Nine players, including Katsuhiro Nagakawa, Yoshiyuki Ishihara, Ren Nakata, Hirotaka Egusa, Ryuji Ichioka, Shota Nakazaki, Yusuke Nomura and Daichi Osera, will be getting rest at a hot spring facility in Yufu, Oita between the 17th and 21st. Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2014
  • Osera will be working out with Kenta Maeda in January. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Takuya Asao threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen at Nagoya Stadium on Monday. The last nine pitches were with a squatting catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014 ... Motonobu Tanishige caught the first twenty pitches. Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014
  • Yuta Muto has been used primarily as a reliever, but general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai sees him as a future starter. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Keijiro Matsumoto and Kisho Kagami will be getting new uniform numbers. Matsumoto's number will change from 6 to 61, Kagami's from 21 to either 67 or 68. The number 6 will remain unused. The number 21 will most likely be assigned to 2nd round draft pick Kenta Ishida. Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are planning to hold evening workouts on the 19th, for about two hours beginning at around 6:30pm, so younger players can work on their hitting and fielding just as the sun begins to set and the stadium lights turn on. Source: Sanspo 11/18/2014

[11/18/2014] Chunichi Dragons interested in Carlos Peguero

by on Nov.18, 2014 @ 2:18 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons are interested in twenty-seven-year-old infielder Carlos Peguero. Strikeouts are a concern, but the Dragons like his power potential. They are said to have a total budget of about 100 million yen for new acquisitions this winter. They are looking for a bargain player with potential, like last year's Mauro Gomez.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2014


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[11/16/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama Yakult

by on Nov.17, 2014 @ 10:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Takehiro Donoue (29) took fielding practice at first and left on his last day of tryouts on Sunday. He also took twenty-six swings against a curveball pitching machine and hit five over the fence. Source: Sponichi 11/16/2014
  • Former Giant Hideki Matsui could reprise his role as a special instructor during spring camp next year. Source: Sanspo 11/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Daiki Enokida tossed two shutout outings in relief during an intra-squad game on Saturday. It was his first game since he played in an intra-sqad game on October 3. He did not participate in the Phoenix League and instead worked on overhauling his mechanics at the Naruohama facilities with former Ni-gun pitching coach Toshiro Yufune. Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2014
  • The Tigers are thinking about offering Yutaka Enatsu (66) a job as special instructor during spring camp next year. Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Daichi Osera closed out his fall camp in Nichinan on Sunday. The pitchers ran a 3.2 kilometer course. Osera finished in third. He will now head to Yufu, Oita on the 17th for the start of "rehab camp" (rest and rehab). Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2014
  • Koichi Ogata feels a number of players may have earned early tickets to Ichi-gun spring camp next year with their work during fall camp. He will be letting a handful of players know on the last day of camp (November 21). Source: Daily Sports 11/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are planning to add Ikusei pitcher Junki Kishimoto (18) to their seventy-man roster. Source: Sports Hochi 11/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are planning to swap the dark blue in the home uniforms with a regular blue. They will begin wearing the new colors during spring camp next year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/16/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato started a practice game against a team of players from Shikoku on Sunday. He tossed two shutout inning and struck out five. He topped out at 148km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 11/16/2014, Sponichi 11/16/2014 ... Yoshinori retired the side in order in the 1st inning. He walked the first batter he faced in the 2nd, then struck out three in a row. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Ueda manufactured a run in the 3rd inning of a practice game on Sunday. He reached base with a walk and stole second on the first pitch and third on the third pitch. He later came around to score on a wild pick-off throw to first. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014

[11/15/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.16, 2014 @ 3:37 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kyosuke Takagi threw sixty-three pitches during a bullpen session at Giants Stadium on Saturday. Takagi got tips on how to throw the shuto from pitching coach Kazuya Tabata on Friday. He worked on throwing the pitch during his session on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014
  • Chunichi senryokugai Takehiro Donoue's tryout began on Saturday at Giants Stadium. He took sixty-seven swings during batting practice and hit five over the fence and recorded forty-one could-be hits. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014
  • The Giants and Tigers announced an Old Timers Charity Auction to raise money for Tohoku earthquake victims. Uniforms and baseballs autographed by players participating in Sunday's Hanshin-Yomiuri Old Timers Game will be on the block. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • Intra-squad game on Saturday: Masahiro Nakatani got the start in center and batted third for the Reds. He recorded a run-scoring double in the 3rd with runners on first and second and two out. Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... Yamato got the start at short and batted lead-off. He went 1-for-4. Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... Ryoma Matsuda tossed a shutout inning in relief. Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014
  • Ryoma Matsuda is working on his change-up. Fall camp instructor Yutaka Ono was surprised to learn that Matsuda was using a similar grip to his and has been giving him advice on how to throw it. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014
  • The Tigers could move Tsuyoshi Nishioka to center and use Yamoto at short and Hiroki Uemoto at second. If they manage to sign Hiroyuki Nakajima, they can plug him in at third. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014
  • Suguru Iwazaki returned to Osaka on Friday because of tightness in his left elbow. His workouts at Naruohama will focus on running. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata spent forty minutes hitting baseballs to Toshiki Kurobane on Friday. He also spent thirty minutes hitting grounders to pitchers Kisho Kagami, Kenjiro Tanaka, Yuki Kuniyoshi, Atori Ota, and Yoshiki Sunada. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Naomichi Nishiura and Takahiro Araki are in the mix for the everyday job at short. Both players recorded three hits during a practice game against a team of Shikoku Island League players on Friday. Assuming Keiji Obiki signs, he will also be in the mix at short. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014
  • Mitsuru Manaka wants the team to be aggressive in the early innings and is planning to stay away from the bunt. He will become more conservative as the game heads into the later innings. He also wants players to be aggressive on the base paths. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014