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[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

[11/12/2014] 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] Shoma Sato signs with the Hiroshima Carp

by on Nov.11, 2014 @ 11:09 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp held a press conference earlier today at Mazda Stadium to announce that they came to terms with Shoma Sato (25). He has been assigned the number ninety-eight. According to various reports, the two sides agreed on a contract worth an estimated 6.5 million yen. He is slated to join fall camp in Nichinan, Miyazaki on Wednesday.

Sato was considering retirement but was convinced by those around him to keep playing and attended the twelve-team tryout on the 9th. Hiroshima is hoping he can provide some help out of the bullpen.

Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014, Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

Carp officials met Takahiro Arai (37) on Monday and are close to finalizing a deal that could be worth around twenty million yen. An announcement is expected within the next few days.

A number of Pacific League teams were also looking into Arai, but the veteran was more interested in the chance to play for his former team.

Source: ZakZak 11/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014, Sponichi 11/11/2014

[11/10/2014] Rumors: Yokohama, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Softbank

by on Nov.11, 2014 @ 5:07 am, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in Orix senryokugai Shun Tono (28) after watching him during the Twelve-team tryouts on Sunday. A number of other teams, including Hiroshima and Lotte, could also be interested in Tono. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Hiroshima Carp are interested in Tono, Nippon Ham senryokugai Shoma Sato (25), Yokohama senryokugai Futoshi Kobayashi (31), and Softbank senryokugai Shintaro Ejiri (37). They will probably keep it to one signing, if any. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014, Daily Sports 11/10/2014 ... Hiroshima signed Sato to a contract on Monday. A press conference will be held on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

Tono is not planning to attend the second tryout. He is currently only thinking about playing in the NPB next year. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/10/2014

Chunichi general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai is interested in Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Dragons are planning to give former Softbank Hawk Kyohei Kamezawa (26) a tryout during fall camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines are interested in Orix senryokugai Tomoya Yagi and could give him a tryout. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Softbank Hawks are going to give Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata (20) a tryout during fall camp, from the 11th until the 14th. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are going to give Chunichi senryokugai Daisuke Tanaka a look during fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2014

Yoshiyuki Kamei (32) was offered a multi-year deal but wants a one-year contract because he feels it will keep him motivated. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

Hiroshima's Eishin Soyogi (34) decided not to exercise his FA option after meeting with team officials for the fifth time on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014 ... Soyogi may have agreed to a one-year deal worth 100 million yen. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014 ... Hiroshima also posted an announcement of his decision. Source: official announcement

The Yomiuri Giants could meet Ryoji Aikawa (38) as early as the 13th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2014

The Giants are planning to sign Chunichi senryokugai Daiki Yoshikawa (22). Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Hanshin Tigers could sweeten their offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) by diverting money they were planning to use for Naoki Miyanishi (three year, 500 million yen). Source: Sponichi 11/10/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Keiji Obiki (30). Source: Sanspo 11/10/2014

[11/9/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.10, 2014 @ 4:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura will be used out of the bullpen next season. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Former players Shigeo Nagashima, Kazunori Shinozuka, Shoji Sadaoka, and Tadashi Matsumoto held a baseball clinic for about 250 elementary school children in Sakura, Chiba on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Kyosuke Takagi (25) will file marriage papers with a twenty-four-year-old woman from Ishikawa before the end of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are looking within for starting pitcher candidates. Options include: Kazuyuki Kaneda and 2nd round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki. Daiki Enokida and Hiroaki Saiuchi will most likely be used in relief. Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2014 ... Other options include: Suguru Iwazaki, Yuta Iwasada, amd 1st round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014
  • Hanshin is not planning to pursue senryokugai players this winter. Source: Sanspo 11/9/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Sunday's practice game against Seibu was canceled due to poor field conditions. Workouts ended after morning sessions. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014
  • Yusuke Nomura threw from the wind-up during a bullpen session on Saturday. He also tested a forkball. He threw sixty-eight pitches. Nomura switched over to a no-wind-up delivery and added a shuto this season, but struggled with balance and control issues. He is in the process of finding his ideal weight. He started at seventy-eight kilograms in his first year and was at eight-four kilograms this year. He felt he increased his weight too much and is now at about eighty-one kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014
  • Koichi Ogata sat Takahiro Iwamoto, Hayato Shoji, and Kosuke Nakamura down in the dugout after workouts on Saturday because he felt they were not trying hard enough. The three could be sent back to Hiroshima on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige spent about three hours hitting close 800 baseballs during fielding practice on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata required pitchers to throw twenty fastballs low and away in the bullpen on Saturday -- right-handed pitchers low and away to right-handed hitters and left-handed pitchers low and away to left-handed hitters. Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Saturday. He faced seven hitters, threw twenty-seven pitches, allowed one hit, walked two, struck out two, and topped out at 150km/h. It was his first outing against hitters in about two months. He is scheduled to pitch two innings during a practice game against the Ehime Mandarin Pirates (Shikoku Island League) on the 16th. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/9/2014
  • Yuto Koyama also pitched in Saturday's batting practice scrimmage. He faced eight hitters, did not allow a hit, and struck out five. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

[11/8/2014] Rumors: Eiichi Koyano, Naoki Miyanishi, Kam Mickolio

by on Nov.09, 2014 @ 4:36 am, under NPB
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Eiichi Koyano (34) is planning to exercise his FA option. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014 ... A number of teams, including Orix, could be interested. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014, Sponichi 11/8/2014

Naoki Miyanishi (29) met with team officials for contract negotiations on Saturday. He decided not to exercise his FA option and instead signed a two-year deal that will pay 180 million yen plus twenty million yen in incentives in 2015. There is also an option for a third year that will become guaranteed if he pitches in fifty or more games in each of the next two seasons. He held a press conference at the team offices to announce his decision. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 11/8/2014, Sponichi 11/8/2014

Keiji Obiki (30) started thinking about free agency after the last game of the Final Stage of the Climax Series. After the game, players called to the manager's room and were given encouraging words with plans for the 2015 season. Obiki was expecting to hear something similar, but only got a "good job." Source: ZakZak 11/8/2014

The Hiroshima Carp notified Kam Mickolio's (30) agent that they will not be offering a contract for the 2015 season. One team official told reporters while they were confident Mickolio could protect three-run leads, they were concerned about his ability to protect one-run leads. They also added that their pitching staff was close to being filled out. A number of NPB teams, including Yokohama and Yakult, could be interested. Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2014

The Yomiuri Giants are expected to resume contract discussions with Yoshiyuki Kamei and Kentaro Nishimura on the 9th. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014

The Giants are said to be interested in Chunichi senryokugai Daiki Yoshikawa (22). Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014

The Yakult Swallows are interested in both Kam Mickolio (30) and Bryan Bullington (34). Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014

Hanshin Tigers' manager Yutaka Wada is prepared to get directly involved in negotiations with Takashi Toritani (33). Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2014, Daily Sports 11/8/2014

[11/8/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.09, 2014 @ 4:32 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp played an intra-squad game on Friday that ended in a 7-7 tie. Shota Dobayashi got the start at third and batted sixth for the Whites. He hit a solo home run off Jumpei Ono in the 6th. Hiroshima is scheduled to play a practice game aginst Seibu on the 9th. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014 ... Daichi Osera tossed two shutout innings in relief and allowed two hits. He mixed in a splitter and told reporters he felt he was getting a better feel for the pitch. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014 ... Yoshihiro Maru got the start at center and batted lead-off for the Whites. He went 2-for-4 with four RBI: two out, two-run single to right off Kenta Maeda in the 2nd and a two-run triple off Ono in the 6th. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014 ... Maeda gave up two runs on three hits over three innings of work for the Reds. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Nobumasa Fukuda (26) filed marriages papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Fukuoka. Source: Sanspo 11/8/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yuta Kakita threw ninety-six pitches in the bullpen on Friday. Kakita told reporters it took him sixty-five pitches to throw twenty pitches to the inside corner for right-handed hitters. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2014
  • Kiyoshi Nakahata is planning to continue giving Yoshitomo Tsutsugo chances to bat clean-up next season. Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2014

Yakult Swallows

[11/7/2014] Rumors: Hanshin, Hiroshima, Yakult, Softbank Orix

by on Nov.08, 2014 @ 4:06 am, under NPB
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Hiroyuki Nakajima

  • The Seibu Lions have spoken to Nakajima over the phone. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014 ... Team official Haruhiko Suzuki spoke to Nakajima over the phone for about twenty minutes. He may have offered the former Lion at least three years, an everyday spot at third base batting third, and the uniform number three. He may have also asked him to reach 2,000 hits while in a Seibu uniform. Nakajima is still interested in playing in the United States. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014 ... Nakajima may have been offered a three year deal worth over 800 million yen, the every day job at third batting third, the uniform number three, and a plan until retirement. The Lions are not interested in getting into a bidding war. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014
  • The Lions are the only NPB team that can negotiate with Nakajima without having to worry about compensation. The Tigers may opt to wait until December to avoid the compensation penalty. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014

Yoshihisa Naruse

Keiji Obiki

  • Obiki on why he decided to exercise his FA option: "The front office tried really hard to get me to stay, but the coaches never said anything to me about next year. It would have been nice to talk to Hideki Kuriyama once..." Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014, Sports Hochi 11/7/2014


Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi (34) told reporters on Thursday that he still wanted more time to think about his options and that he would most likely speak to the Carp at least one more time. He does not want to have any regrets. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Yakult Swallows are looking into Kam Mickolio (30), in addition to Keiji Obiki and Yoshihisa Naruse. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

[11/7/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.08, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Workouts on Thursday included: for position players: ten sets of stairs (thirty-eight steps) and fourteen hills (about twenty meters in distance); for pitchers: thirty foul poles (180 meters in distance) and five tire pushes (roughly thirty meters in distance). Source: Sanspo 11/7/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda started an intra-squad game on Friday. He gave up two runs on three hits over three innings of work. He used an MLB baseball during his outing. Source: Daily Sports 11/7/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata injured his left ankle during fall camp on the 5th. He was doing lighter workouts with hopes of returning to the main group, but will now focus on rehabbing the ankle. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014
  • Iori Katsura had to field about 900 grounders during workouts on Thursday. The session took place over a period of two-and-a-half hours (including breaks). Motonobu Tanishige and battery coaches Mitsuo Tatsukawa and Masatoshi Ogawa took turns hitting baseballs to Katsura from a distance of about fifteen meters. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014
  • Yusuke Matsui's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 3,010 grams, on October 3 at a hospital in Nagoya. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014
  • Nobumasa Fukuda (26) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman from Fukuoka on October 3 in Nagoya. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata spent forty minutes hitting grounders to Hiroki Minei and another forty minutes hitting grounders to Hiroshi Kobayashi, Tomoya Mikami, Kazuki Mishima, Shingo Hirata, and Yuta Kakita on Thursday. Kakita pulled out early after he developed a cramp in his right calf. Source: Daily Sports 11/7/2014 ... Nakahata hit over 350 baseballs in about eighty-five minutes. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014
  • Shun Yamaguchi is working on a cutter. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014

Yakult Swallows

[11/6/2014] Rumors: Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Softbank Hawks

by on Nov.07, 2014 @ 5:30 am, under NPB
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Kyuji Fujikawa

  • The Softbank Hawks are interested in Fujikawa (34). Fujikawa returned to Japan after the season but is currently back in the United States. He wants to continue playing in the US, but will also field offers from teams in Japan in case things do not pan out. Softbank could be seen as a flexible organization after they allowed Hideki Okajima to return to the Majors after one season. They could offer something similar to Fujikawa. Source: Sanspo 11/6/2014
  • The Hanshin Tigers are also interested in Fujikawa. Source: Sanspo 11/6/2014

Chihiro Kaneko

  • Kaneko and the Orix Buffaloes may have agreed to something on the side during contract negotiations last year that would allow him to go to the Majors via the posting system this off-season based on performance (like winning the Sawamura Award). Source: ZakZak 11/6/2014

Hiroki Kuroda

  • The Hiroshima Carp are expected to get in touch with Kuroda (39) at some point. Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2014

Daisuke Matsuzaka

  • The Softbank Hawks could offer Matsuzaka (34) up to six years. Matsuzaka has indicated interest in recording 200 NPB + MLB victories and pitching into his forties. Source: ZakZak 11/6/2014
  • The Hawks could offer three or more years at over two billion yen total and the uniform number eighteen. Matsuzaka is reportedly working out with the Japanese baseball. He is also planning to conduct negotiations face-to-face and without an agent. Source: Sponichi 11/6/2014

Hiroyuki Nakajima

  • The Hanshin Tigers are not planning to rush their offer to Nakajima (32). They learned that he recently switched agents and they want to make sure their first offer is solid. Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2014
  • The Tigers feel they have to up their ante now that Nakajima's new agent is Scott Boras. They do not want to get into a bidding war. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2014
  • The Tigers could offer a deal up to four years at 1.2 billion yen total. Source: Daily Sports 11/6/2014
  • If Takashi Toritani leaves the organization, the Tigers could also offer Nakajima short. Source: Sanspo 11/6/2014
  • Since the Seibu Lions are said to be preparing a three-year deal at 800 million yen, the Tigers feel they have to put together a package that is at least three years at 900 million yen. The Tigers are focused solely on Nakajima at the moment. Source: Sponichi 11/6/2014
  • The Lions are hoping to speak directly to Nakajima. They could speak to him over the phone within the next two to three days. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2014
  • The Chunichi Dragons are interested in Nakajima. Source: Daily Sports 11/6/2014

Keiji Obiki

  • Obiki (30) is planning to exercise his FA option. Yakult and Rakuten are among teams said to be interested. Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2014
  • Obiki has a house in Tokyo and used to play at Jingu Stadium when he played college ball. The Yakult Swallows could be the front runners. Source: Sponichi 11/6/2014


Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

Softbank Hawks