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[2/4/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines News and Notes

by on Feb.05, 2014 @ 3:18 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Yoshihisa Naruse Bullpen 2/4 107 Sanspo 2/4/2014
Hideaki Wakui Bullpen 2/4 52 Squatting catcher; including three curves; first session during spring camp.  Sports Hochi 2/4/2014
Hiroya Kawamitsu Bullpen 2/4 157 Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014

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The first block of spring camp ended on Tuesday.

Tsutomu Ito is planning to start catching pitchers in the bullpen during the second block of spring camp.

Source: Sponichi 2/4/2014

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Hideaki Wakui told reporters he wanted to throw about 100 pitches during his next bullpen session.  His session on Tuesday was the first time he threw off an incline in about three months.  If he can get Ito to catch one of his sessions, it will most likely be during the third block of camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014

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5th round draft pick Seiya Inoue swung the bat forty-four times during batting practice on Monday and collected twenty-five could-be hits, including six that went over the fence.  All six he hit over the fence came against a left-handed batting practice pitcher (nineteen swings).  Of the six, five were hit out between center and right.

Inoue could bat fourth during an intra-squad game on the 12th.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/4/2014Sanspo 2/4/2014

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Ito could go with Luis Cruz at short and Daichi Suzuki at second.

Source: Daily Sports 2/4/2014

[12/18/2013] Chiba Lotte Marines come to terms with Hideaki Wakui

by on Dec.18, 2013 @ 6:13 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they came to terms with twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Hideaki Wakui.  The two sides reportedly agreed on a two-year deal worth an estimated 220 million yen plus incentives (per season, or an estimated 440 million yen in total).  A press conference will be held on the 25th.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 12/18/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/18/2013

[12/15/2013] Lotte signs Imae to two-year extension, could be close to Wakui

by on Dec.15, 2013 @ 7:52 pm, under NPB
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Toshiaki Imae (30) met the Chiba Lotte Marines for salary negotiations today.  Imae earned his international FA option this past season.  He decided not to exercise his option.  The two sides agreed to a two-year extension today, worth an estimated 400 million yen plus incentives.  He will make an estimated 200 million yen plus incentives next season (up sixty million yen from this past season).  He is the first Japanese position player in franchise history to reach the 200 million yen milestone in salary.

Source: Sponichi 12/15/2013, Sankei News 12/15/2013

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The Marines may be close to finalizing a two-year contract worth an estimated 440 million yen plus incentives with free agent Hideaki Wakui (27).  An announcement of a deal could be made as early as Monday.  People close to the negotiations told reporters negotiations took time because the two sides were having difficulty working out the incentives.

Wakui will most likely be assigned the number sixteen.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/15/2013, Jiji Press 12/15/2013, Sponichi 12/15/2013Sponichi 12/15/2013

[12/4/2013] Dennis Sarfate, Aarom Baldiris, Hideaki Wakui, Hanshin Tigers

by on Dec.05, 2013 @ 1:51 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

According to Daily Sports, the Hawks may be close to finalizing a one-year deal with Dennis Sarfate that could be worth around 100 million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 12/4/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles should be able to get a firm reply from Casey McGehee within the next week or so.  Rakuten's last offer was reportedly a three-year deal worth about 500 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/4/2013

The Eagles might look into Aarom Baldiris as a possible replacement for McGehee.

Source: ZakZak 12/4/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines are still working out a deal with Hideaki Wakui's representative.  According to Tokyo Sports, it could take a couple more weeks for the two sides to reach an agreement.  There is also a chance talks fall apart and Wakui ends up remaining in Saitama.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/3/2013

Sanspo is also reporting that discussions between Lotte and Wakui have hit a bit of a bump.  Lotte official Nobuhira Hayashi is not overly optimistic, but also not worried.

Source: Sanspo 12/4/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers could be interested in Yokohama's Shugo Fujii as compensation for losing Yasutomo Kubo.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/4/2013

ZakZak wonders if the Tigers might be interested in Norihiro Nakamura as compensation for losing Yasutomo Kubo, if he is available.  He would come cheap and he could serve as either a third baseman or a right-handed bat off the bench.  Incidentally, Nakamura is a Hanshin fan.

Source: ZakZalk 12/3/2013

[11/29/2013] Chunichi nearing deal with A. Hernandez; good chance Baldiris does not return to Orix next year

by on Nov.30, 2013 @ 2:45 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons are close to finalizing a deal with Anderson Hernandez (31) and could make an announcement within the next few days.  He is a candidate to play short.

Source: Sponichi 11/29/2013

Yomiuri Giants

It may have taken the Giants until Wednesday to approach Yasuyuki Kataoka because of their concerns about his injuries over the last few seasons -- he dislocated both shoulders on separate occasions in 2011, had problems with his right wrist (TFCC) in 2012, and had left knee problems this year.

Source: ZakZak 11/29/2013

Orix Buffaloes

According to the latest reports, there is a good chance Aarom Baldiris will not return to the Buffaloes next season.  The front office had been waiting to hear back from him, but without any word from his agent, they will now begin looking into other options, like Esteban German.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2013

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The Buffaloes still have their eye on Munenori Kawasaki, in case he becomes available.

Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2013

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Hiroshi Moriwaki is looking for a clean-up hitter that 1) can play defense, 2) knows how to run the bases, 3) can hit breaking balls.

Ryuzo Setoyama will head to the US on December 1 and will be out of the country for four days (he will spend two nights in the US).

Source: Sponichi 11/29/2013

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Kevin Youkilis is on the Buffaloes' list of players they are interested in.

Source: Sanspo 11/29/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks are interested in Dennis Sarfate (32).  They see him as a candidate to close games.

Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2013

Seibu Lions

There were no new developments on Hideaki Wakui and Yasuyuki Kataoka on Friday.

Source: Sponichi 11/29/2013

Other

Wei-Chu Lin > Brother Elephants
Kai-Wen Cheng > Brother Elephants
Ikketsu Sho > EDA Rhinos
Ming-Chieh Hsu > Lamigo Monkeys

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2013

[11/23/2013] FA Rumors: Kubo, Otake, Wakui

by on Nov.23, 2013 @ 7:13 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

If Hideaki Wakui signs with the Marines, Tsutumo Ito wants a chance to catch him during spring camp.

Source: Daily Sports 11/22/2013

Ito told reporters on Thursday that he spoke to Wakui over the phone.

The Marines and Wakui could meet for a second time some time early next week.

Source: Sanspo 11/22/2013

There is a good chance the Marines will offer the number sixteen, if they can get Yuhei Nakaushiro to trade it in for something else.

Source: Sponichi 11/23/2013

Yomiuri Giants

According to Sponichi, the Giants are close to reaching an agreement with Kan Otake and could make any announcement about a deal some time early next week.

Source: Sponichi 11/23/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kiyoshi Nakahata told reporters on Friday, after the team's press conference to introduce the 2013 draft class, that he just got off the phone with Yasutomo Kubo.  The call lasted only a few minutes, but it was enough time for Nakahata to say everything he wanted, like how the team had the best shot at winning if he signed with them, or how he wanted him to be the first pitcher to record double-digit wins under his reign.

The Bay Stars are still discussing terms with Kubo's agent.

Source: Daily Sports 11/22/2013, Sponichi 11/23/2013

[11/21/2013] FA Rumors: Nakata, Otake, Wakui

by on Nov.22, 2013 @ 1:22 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Former Hiroshima Carp Takahiro Aoki is ready to provide former teammate Kan Otake with whatever help he might need if he decides to sign with the Giants.

Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2013

A number of reports believe it is only a matter of time before Otake announces his decision to sign with the Giants.  Yomiuri may not have offered the biggest contract (three years at 500 million vs Softbank's four-year deal at a maximum 800 million and Rakuten's three-year deal at around 600 million), but their sincerity and proximity to his home town in Saitama was likely enough to offset the differences.  The phone conversation he had with Tatsunori Hara also apparently made a big impression.

Hara told Otake that he needed his help to win successive championships.  He also remembered an exhibition game from March 8, 2006 when the free agent, then twenty-two, tossed four shutout innings against them in the cold and was consistently throwing the fastball around 150km/h.

"Hara-kantoku remembered the game.  It seems he vividly remembers me working hard on the mound in the cold.  The moment he mentioned the game, I remembered.  I could not believe it.  I did not think he was watching the game and thinking that.  I was just so focused on what I was doing.  That just made me happy," Otake said to reporters during a post-negotiation press conference.

Source: Sponichi 11/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2013

Otake was not offered the number seventeen, but it is most likely being prepared for him.

Source: Sanspo 11/21/2013

Yakult Swallows

Junji Ogawa spoke to Kenichi Nakata over the phone for about ten minutes during Wednesday's negotiations with the Swallows.

Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2013

The Swallows may have offered Nakata a four-year deal worth close to 700 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/21/2013

Or they may have offered four years at 500 million yen.  The Swallows also gave Nakata fourteen bottles of Yakult products.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2013

ZakZak notes that Yakult might have been forced to raise their offer after seeing how much Softbank and Hanshin were willing to pay.  There may also be some in the organization that are wondering if he is really worth all the money he is getting offered.

Source: ZakZak 11/21/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tsutomu Ito told reporters that if Hideaki Wakui signs with the team, he will be considered a candidate for the opening day start.  He also hoped that the addition might help provide some friendly competition for Yoshihisa Naruse.

Source: Sponichi 11/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2013

[11/20/2013] FA Rumors: Kataoka, Kubo, Nakata, Tsuruoka, Wakui

by on Nov.21, 2013 @ 1:47 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Shinya Tsuruoka told reporters after his meeting with the Hawks on Tuesday that he was prepared to live away from his family in Sapporo for one year, but ultimately hoped they would follow.

The Hawks may have offered the free agent a four-year deal worth 400 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2013

Or a four-year deal worth 500 milllion yen plus incentives.

Tsuruoka recalled watching a Hawks game in Fukuoka when he was a junior high school student and said he was happy to receive an offer from the team.  He also attended a tryout with the Hawks when he played for the Industrial League Mitsubishi Juko Yokohama team.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/20/2013

Or a three-year deal worth a total 300 million yen.

Source: Sanspo 11/20/2013

"I know [Kyushu] but my wife is from Sapporo.  They were concerned about my family and asked if I might be worried about moving.  For now, I will live away from my family for a year.  Hopefully, they will move at some point," Tsuruoka said during a press conference after negotiations with Softbank on Tuesday.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/20/2013

Tsuruoka's wife is pregnant with the couple's third child.  She is due to deliver in January next year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

If things go well, Hideaki Wakui and the Marines could arrive at an agreement during their next meeting.  Contract specifics were not discussed during the first meeting on Tuesday, but Lotte could offer the free agent a two-year deal worth 440 million yen plus incentives when the two sides meet again.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2013

Three officials met Wakui on Tuesday: Iekuni Nakamura (president), Nobuhira Hayashi (director), and Naoki Matsumoto (baseball operations).

Source: Sponichi 11/20/2013

The meeting took place around lunch time, but it was not conducted over lunch, just a cup of coffee that cost about 1,000 yen and some water.

Source: Sanspo 11/20/2013

ZakZak wonders if the addition of Wakui this year will lead to the departure of Yoshihisa Naruse next year (Naruse is slated to earn his domestic FA option in 2014).

Source: ZakZak 11/20/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes may have offered Yasuyuki Kataoka a four-year deal worth over 500 million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2013

Or a three-year deal worth 500 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/20/2013

Or a three-year deal worth over 500 million yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2013

Team director Ryuzo Setoyama told reporters on Wednesday that they offered Kataoka a multi-year deal and told him they wanted to make him their every day second baseman.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/20/2013

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants spoke to Ryota Katsuki about the number seventeen and received the ok sign to give it Kan Otake.  Yomiuri could offer Otake a three-year deal worth a maximum 500 million yen (includes signing bonus and incentives).

Otake may have received a four-year deal worth one billion yen from Softbank and a three-year deal worth 600 million yen from Rakuten.

Source: Sponichi 11/20/2013

Team officials met Otake at a hotel in Hiroshima on Wednesday.  They may have offered the free agent a three-year deal worth over 500 million yen.  The meeting lasted about ninety minutes.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2013

Tatsunori Hara spoke to Otake over the phone during the meeting.

Source: Sponichi 11/20/203

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows met Kenichi Nakata in Nagoya on Wednesday and told him they wanted him to become the next pitcher to wear the number seventeen, a number the Swallows feel is their "ace" number.  Nakata also had a chance to speak to Junji Ogawa over the phone.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/20/2013

The meeting took place at a Chinese food restaurant.  There were eight dishes.  The price per person was about 12,000 yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2013

The Swallows may have offered Nakata a four-year deal worth 500 million yen (includes incentives).

Source: Sanspo 11/20/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The media learned on Tuesday that Yutaka Wada had called Kenichi Nakata on the phone before Hanshin officials met him in Nagoya on the 17th.  The call only lasted a few minutes, but Wada made sure Nakata knew just how much he was needed.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2013

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The Tigers may have offered Yasutomo Kubo a two-year deal with a 2014 salary of 120 million yen.  Kubo made an estimated 120 million yen this year.  Hanshin originally planned to cut his salary, but "sweetened" their offer by keeping it at the same level as this year.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/203

Or they offered a two-year deal worth 250 million yen, which could be up from a two-year 200 million yen deal they proposed before Kubo decided to exercise his FA option.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars plan to keep negotiations with Yasutomo Kubo private.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2013

[11/19/2013] FA Rumors: Kataoka, Kubo, Nakata, Otake, Tsuruoka, Wakui

by on Nov.20, 2013 @ 2:29 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

The Giants announced that they will meet Kan Otake in Hiroshima on the 20th.

Yomiuri is looking for a fourth pitcher to follow Tetsuya Utsumi, Tomoyuki Sugano, and Toshiya Sugiuchi in the starting rotation.  Daily Sports believes Yomiuri could become Otake's first choice because he wants to play closer to his home town in Saitama.

Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2013Daily Sports 11/19/2013

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The Giants may back off Kenichi Nakata since they feel there is a good chance he will end up with Softbank.  For the time being, they will most likely focus all their efforts on Otake.

Source: Sponichi 11/19/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows are scheduled to meet Kenichi Nakata in Nagoya on the 20th.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Kenichi Nakata spoke to Daily Sports on Monday and said that he had a difficult time sleeping after meeting the Tigers on Sunday because he was so excited about what they told him.  The Tigers offered the free agent the number eighteen and what may have been a four-year deal worth 500 million yen.  They also told him that they wanted his help in taking down the Yomiuri Giants.

Nakata also said he was having a difficult time trying to figure out where he wanted to play because the Hawks offered a solid deal as well.  He still has to meet with the Yakult Swallows before making a final decision.  He plans to use the rest of the month to sort through his options and hopes to make some sort of an announcement early next month.

Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2013

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Yasutomo Kubo met the Tigers at the team offices in Hyogo on Tuesday for about thirty minutes.  When speaking to reporters, Kubo admitted Hanshin sweetened their initial offer and that he felt wanted by the team.  He said he did not want to take too much time in making his decision because he knew teams had to make decisions on other players for the 2014 season.

GM Katsuhiro Nakamura was not really sure how to feel about negotiations.  He said he apologized to the free agent for trying to convert him to a closer this past season because he was not sure if it was a good decision.

Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2013, Daily Sports 11/19/2013

While Kubo would like to start, his biggest concern is whether or not he will be given the opportunity to pitch.  The Tigers were relieved to hear that he was not stuck on starting.

Source: Sanspo 11/19/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kiyoshi Nakahata is more than willing to help the team recruit Yasutomo Kubo during negotiations.

Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2013

Softbank Hawks

Shinya Tsuruoka met the Hawks at a hotel in Sapporo on Tuesday.  Their meeting lasted about an hour.  The Hawks are considered to be the front-runners.

Source: Sanspo 11/19/2013

The Hawks may have offered Tsuruoka a four-year deal worth 500 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles may have offered Kan Otake three years at 500 million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2013

Or a three-year deal between 500 and 700 million yen.

Source: Sanspo 11/19/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Team officials met Hideaki Wakui at a hotel in Tokyo on Tuesday.  Specific terms were not discussed, but Lotte did tell Wakui they wanted to use him as a starting pitcher.  They also gave the free agent a message from Tsutomu Ito.

Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2013

The Marines could be preparing a base two-year deal worth a total 600 million yen.

Source: Sanspo 11/19/2013

Or a two-year deal worth 440 million yen plus incentives.  The Marines only see Wakui as a starter.

Source: Sponichi 11/19/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes met Yasuyuki Kataoka in Tokyo on Tuesday.  Talks between the two sides lasted about an hour and forty minutes.  Kataoka seemed pleased with how discussions went and said he needed more time to think.

Source: Sponichi 11/19/2013

Kataoka may have been offered a three-year deal worth over 500 million yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2013

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Orix may have offered Katsuki Yamazaki a three-year deal worth 150 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2013

The Buffaloes will likely meet Yamazaki again on the 25th.  If things go well, the organization might be able to make an announcement shortly thereafter.

Source: Sponichi 11/20/2013

[11/18/2013] FA Rumors: Kataoka, Nakata, Ogasawara, Otake, Tsuruoka, Wakui, Yamazaki

by on Nov.19, 2013 @ 2:41 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

The Hawks may have offered Kenichi Nakata a four-year deal at 500 million yen plus, Kan Otake a four-year at a maximum 700 million yen, and may offer Shinya Tsuruoka a three- to four-year deal.

Since no other teams are rumored to be interested in Tsuruoka, primarily because everyone know he wants to play close to home, there is a chance he signs a deal on the same day he meets the Hawks for the first time on the 19th.

Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles met Kan Otake at a hotel in Hiroshima on Monday.  They may have offered the free agent a multi-year deal.  Team president Yozo Tachibana told reporters their offer may not have been as high as other teams and that they had to rely on their enthusiasm.

Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2013

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Yasuyuki Kataoka met the Eagles at a hotel in Tokyo on Sunday. He may have been offered a four-year deal at around 500 million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2013

Or three years at over 450 million yen.  If Kataoka signs with the team, Senichi Hoshino plans to make him an everyday player.

The icebreaker: the Eagles prepared cola and ice coffee for negotiations.  Kataoka was drinking the ice coffee and his class was beginning to run low.  Chief scout Hiroshi Abei accidentally poured cola into the glass and helped ease the tension.

Source: Sponichi 11/18/2013, Sponichi 11/18/2013, Sponichi 11/18/2013

Or three years at a maximum 500 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2013

Or three years at over 500 million yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2013

Negotiations took place at a hotel operated by Seibu Holdings.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/18/2013

Tokyo Sports notes that the Eagles might have a good shot at signing Kataoka because of his rumored relationship with Fuji TV announcer Ayako Kato.  While the relationship was initially said to be good for the Yomiuri Giants because Kato does not want to leave the Kanto region, the connections team president Yozo Tachibana and manager Senichi Hoshino have with members of the media and various talento could tip the scales in favor of the Eagles.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/18/2013

Sanspo points out that the Eagles may have a difficult time signing Kataoka because they already have Kazuo Matsui and Kazuya Fujita at second and short.  Kataoka wants playing time and might have an easier go at securing an everyday position with one of the other teams teams that are interested in him (Yomiuri, Chunichi, and Orix).

Source: Sanspo 11/18/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines announced on Monday that they will meet Hideaki Wakui in Tokyo on Tuesday. Team president Iekuni Nakamura and team director Nobuhira Hayashi are expected to attend.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2013

The Marines could offer Wakui a four-year deal at 440 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Sponichi 11/18/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes met Katsuki Yamazaki in Fukuoka on Monday.  Orix likely offered the free agent catcher a multi-year deal.

Yamazaki told reporters after negotiations that he received a good offer and that he felt positive about the way things went.

Orix is also planning to meet Yasuyuki Kataoka.

Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2013, Sports Hochi 11/18/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/18/2013

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The Buffaloes may be preparing to offer Kataoka a three-year deal, similar to what the Eagles may have offered.

Source: Sponichi 11/18/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers met Kenichi Nakata on Sunday. Their meeting took place at a Chinese food restaurant and lasted about ninety minutes. Nakata appeared fairly happy with negotiations and told reporters their offer was very good (said to include the number eighteen and a four-year deal at 500 million yen plus).

Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2013

Or four years at about 600 million yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2013

Or four years at 700 million yen.  The Hawks' offer may have been four years at 500 million yen with 200 million yen in incentives.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2013

Or four years at a maximum one billion yen.

Things that could help the Tigers: fourteen players and coaches are from the Kyushu area and could help Nakata make a smooth transition to living in Kansai; the team hospital for the pitching staff is located in Fukuoka.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/18/2013

According to Sponichi, while the Hawks may have offered a four-year deal worth a maximum one billion yen, a large part is tied up in incentives.  The yearly base salary the Tigers may have offered (four years at 600 million yen), may not be too far from Softbank's base figure.

Source: Sponichi 11/18/2013

GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters he felt it was fifty-fifty with Nakata.

Source: Sanspo 11/18/2013

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants are said to be interested in free agents Kan Otake, Kenichi Nakata, and Yasuyuki Kataoka.  However, they may be stalling a bit because they are already looking ahead at the list of possible free agents from next year and are trying to figure out just how much they should spend this winter.  All three players are being courted by teams with fairly deep pockets and the Giants may not want to overspend this year and miss out on some of the names that could hit the free agent market next year.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/18/2013

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Michihiro Ogasawara has still not received any phone calls from teams interested in signing him.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2013