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[11/15/2014] Rumors: Tony Blanco, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Shun Tono

by on Nov.16, 2014 @ 3:42 am, under NPB
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The Cubs are not planning to resign Kyuji Fujikawa (33). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

Shunsuke Watanabe (38) will be playing winter ball in Venezuela with Leones del Caracas. Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

Shugo Fujii is willing to sign an Ikusei contract, if it means he can continue playing. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

Yokohama senryokugi Takuro Ito (21) is planning to attend the second twelve-team tryout on the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars will most likely part ways with Tony Blanco (34). A number of Pacific League teams, including Rakuten and Orix, are interested in the slugger. Blanco apparently has a preference to play in the PL where he can be designated hitter. Yokohama could try to replace Blanco with Jose Lopez (31). Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

Yokohama is planning to sign Shun Tono (28) and could hold a press conference to announce the addition some time next week. A number of teams reached out to Tono, including Hiroshima, but Yokohama came out on top because they were first to contact him. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... Yokohama announced on Saturday that they signed Tono. Source: official announcement

Takehiro Donoue's (22) tryout with the Yomiuri Giants will take place over the weekend (November 15, 16). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are aware that there is a chance Seung-Hwan Oh will not be back in 2016. They want to be prepared in case he decides to leave and are planning to begin a search for potential candidates to replace him during the 2015 season. Source: Sports Hochi 11/15/2014, Sponichi 11/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

The Tigers may have offered Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) a four-year deal worth over one billion yen. They are considering other things to include in the package, like a chance to become a coach in the future. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... The Tigers are planning to send an official to the United States some time in or after December. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014

[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

[11/14/2014] Rumors: Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Seibu Lions

by on Nov.15, 2014 @ 2:33 am, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants held a press conference on Friday to announce their addition of Chunichi senryokugai Daiki Yoshikawa (22). He was assigned the number sixty-eight. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014 ... Yoshikawa agreed to a deal worth an estimated 5.5 million yen. He is slated to join fall camp at Giants Stadium on Saturday (11/15). Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014

The Giants are planning to give Chunichi senryokugai Takehiro Donoue (29) a tryout. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

The Giants are not planning to offer Jose Lopez (30) a contract for the 2015 season. Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014

Hanshin's Seung-Hwan Oh (32) does not see the NPB as the endpoint of his career. He believes he should head to the Majors if such a path becomes available to him after pitching well next season. Oh will be in the final year of a two-year deal next year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/14/2014, Sponichi 11/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

Orix senryokugai Tomoya Yagi joined Chunichi fall camp on Thursday. He is scheduled to practice with the team until the end of camp on the 20th. He is expected to sign a contract with Chunichi within the next few days. Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014

The Rakuten Eagles signed Hiroshima senryokugai Tomohiro Umetsu (31) to an Ikusei contract. Source: official announcement ... Umetsu agreed to a deal worth an estimated six million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

The Seibu Lions are expected to reach out of Hiroyuki Nakajima a second time to resume contract negotiations. Their initial offer may have been four years at over one billion yen. Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2014 ... According to ZakZak, Nakajima wants to play in the United States next year, even if it means signing a minor league deal and starting the season at Double-A. Source: ZakZak 11/14/2014 ... The Lions may have offered Nakajima a four-year deal worth an estimated 1.2 billion yen, or about 280 million yen plus incentives per season. The Tigers may be decided to extend their initial three-year proposal to four years. Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014

The Orix Buffaloes announced that signed Chunichi senryokugai Daisuke Tanaka (29). Source: official announcement

[11/14/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Nov.15, 2014 @ 2:30 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Takayuki Terauchi (31) filed marriage papers with a thirty-year-old woman from Aichi on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Former Giant Masumi Kuwata was at Giants Stadium on Thursday collecting footage of player movement with a high-speed video camera. He wanted to provide younger players with an analysis of their motions. Part of Kuwata's studies at Tokyo University's graduate program involves analyzing motions required when throwing and hitting baseballs. Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2014, Sponichi 11/14/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Owner Shinya Sakai checked fall camp in Aki, Kochi on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Yamato took fielding practice at short for the second day in a row on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Rene Leveret (29) and Frederic Hanvi (25) participated in fall practices at Naruohama on Thursday for the first time. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014 ... Leveret recorded two doubles during a batting practice scrimmage on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Suguru Iwazaki complained of discomfort in his left arm while playing catch during fall camp on Thursday. Sanspo 11/14/2014
  • Naomasa Yokawa took forty swings during batting practice on Thursday and hit eleven over the fence. The shot that came on his twenty-ninth swing carried over 140 meters. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Atsushi Nomi no longer wants to be considered the staff ace because he feels it is not good for the team -- if the team is developing good pitching talent, then that label should naturally be passed on to a younger pitcher. Source: Sponichi 11/14/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yuya Fukui started a practice game against Seibu on Friday. He tossed three shutout innings. Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2014 ... The Carp beat Seibu 4-0. They scored three runs in the 2nd (RBI double by Yuki Mima, RBI double by Hiroki Takahashi, and an RBI single by Tomohiro Abe) and a run in the 5th (RBI single by Tsubasa Aizawa). Fukui, Kyohei Nakamura, Jumpei Ono, Jumpei Shinoda, and Keisuke Imai combined for the shutout. Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014
  • Kenta Kurihara had surgery on his right elbow on Friday. He will most likely require three to four months for a full recovery. Source: Sports Hochi 11/14/2014
  • Koichi Ogata worked with Shota Dobayashi on his swing for over an hour during an extended practice session on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2014
  • After what has happened with Chihiro Kaneko and the Orix Buffaloes this year, the best time to post Kenta Maeda could be after the 2015 season, one year before he earns his domestic FA option. Source: ZakZak 11/14/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yohei Oshima has been working out in left during fall camp. Oshima got the start in center during Thursday's practice game against jProject, but was shifted over to left in the 6th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014
  • Koshi Inoue was senryokugaied in October. He attended the twelve-team tryouts on the 9th, but failed to attract interest. He joined up with the team at fall camp on Friday as a batting practice pitcher. Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

[11/13/2014] Rumors: Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Nov.14, 2014 @ 1:59 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers re-signed Kojiro Tanabo (23) to an Ikusei contract. Source: official announcement

The Hiroshima Carp announced that they signed Takahiro Arai (37) to a contract. A press conference will be held in Hiroshima on Friday. Source: Sponichi 11/13/2014 ... The contract will most likely be worth an estimated twenty million yen (down from 200 million yen he made this season and down from the eighty million yen offered by Hanshin). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014

The Hiroshima Carp re-signed Yuichi Hisamoto (35) to an Ikusei contract. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars could be preparing to offer Daisuke Matszuaka (34) a three-year deal worth a total 1.05 billion yen and the uniform number one. Source: Sponichi 11/13/2014

Scott Boras told reporters on Wednesday he expected Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) to sign with a Japanese team. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014, Daily Sports 11/13/2014

The Bay Stars could offer 300 million yen for Yulieski Gourriel (30) next year, three times the amount they paid this year. Their offer to Matsuzaka could be four years at about one billion yen. Source: Sanspo 11/13/2014

Tsutomu Ito would like to see the Chiba Lotte Marines to put the money they planned to use for Yoshihsa Naruse toward making sure Alfredo Despaigne returns to the team next year. Source: Sponichi 11/13/2014

[11/13/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons

by on Nov.14, 2014 @ 1:49 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei, Itaru Hashimoto, Ryusei Kitanosono, and Hiroshima's Soichiro Amaya will hold join workouts in Miyazaki in January. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014
  • Former Yomiuri Giant Hideki Matsui arrived at Narita Airport on a JAL flight out of New York on Wednesday. He has a full schedule over the next few days. He will be in the broadcast booth for the Suzuki All-Star Series on Friday and Saturday and is slated to play in Sunday's Yomiuri-Hanshin Old Timers Day game in Sendai. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are giving Shintaro Yokota, Naomasa Yokawa, Masahiro Nakatani, Shinta Hifumi, and Naoto Nishida extended looks during Kochi camp. They are all competing for spots to Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014

Chunichi Dragons

[11/13/2014] Hanshin Tigers sign Atsushi Nomi to a three-year deal

by on Nov.13, 2014 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-five-year-old Atsushi Nomi. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated 450 million yen.

Speaking at a press conference held earlier today at the team offices in Nishinomiya, Atsushi said, "...it means a lot that they offered me a three-year deal at this age." He added, "I didn't have a good year, but they still said that they needed me. That made me really happy."

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014, Sponichi 11/13/2014

[11/12/2014] Rumors: Tadahiro Ogino, Shugo Fujii, Yujo Kitagata

by on Nov.13, 2014 @ 5:07 am, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants re-signed Taichi Tanaka (21) to an Ikusei contract worth 4.9 million yen (no change from 2014). His uniform number will change from 68 to 013. Source: Sanspo 11/12/2014

The Yakult Swallows are interested in Lotte senryokugai Tadahiro Ogino (32). Source: Sports Hochi 11/12/2014

The Hiroshima Carp will most likely assign Takahiro Arai (37) the number twenty-eight. Source: Sports Hochi 11/12/2014

The Hanshin Tigers signed Yokohama senryokugai Travis Mikihisa Samura (21) to an Ikusei contract. Source: official announcement

Yokohama senryokugai Shugo Fujii (37) is thinking about attending the twelve-team tryout at Giants Stadium on the 20th. Source: Sponichi 11/12/2014

Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata's (20) tryout with Softbank will run four days from the 11th until the 14th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2014

[11/12/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons

by on Nov.13, 2014 @ 5:05 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers held a press conference on Tuesday to introduce Kentaro Kuwahara, an addition they made via trade with the Orix Buffaloes. He has been assigned the number sixty-four. Source: official announcement
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka had surgery to clean out his right elbow at a hospital in Osaka on Tuesday and was discharged on Wednesday. He should be okay for opening day. Source: official announcement, Sanspo 11/12/2014, Sports Hochi 11/12/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Daichi Osera pitched in an intra-squad game on Wednesday. He got the start for the Whites and tossed two perfect innings. He topped out at 147km/h. Source: Daily Sports 11/12/2014
  • Shoma Sato joined fall camp in Nichinan on Wednesday and threw forty-two pitches in the bullpen. Source: Daily Sports 11/12/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryuya Ogawa had surgery to clean his left elbow at a hospital in Nagoya on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2014
  • Shota Suzuki started a practice game against a BC League mixed team on Tuesday and tossed six shutout innings while allowing five hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2014

[11/11/2014] Rumors: Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Nov.12, 2014 @ 4:17 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers are prepared to carry negotiations with Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) into the new year. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014 ... The Seibu Lions are going to let team official Haruhiko Suzuki handle negotiations with Nakajima. Suzuki was Ni-gun manager when Nakajima first joined the organization in 2001. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014

The Chunichi Dragons are planning to sign Orix senryokugai Tomoya Yagi (31). Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2014

Former Softbank Hawk Kyohei Kamezawa (26) joined Chunichi fall camp at Nagoya Stadium for the start of his tryout on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars will most likely sign Orix senryokugai Shun Tono (28). Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014 ... Tono may have been offered a deal worth twelve million yen. An announcement of a deal could be made within the next couple of days. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they are going to give Chunichi senryokugai Kento Yachi (26) and Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24) tryouts during Kamogawa fall camp. Their tryouts will take place on the 16th and 17th. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

The Seibu Lions re-signed Ryo Hayashizaki to an Ikusei contract and assigned him the number 120. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014 ... Hayashizaki dislocated his left shoulder during a game against Lotte on April 17 and had surgery to treat it in October. He is currently rehabbing the shoulder. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014