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[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] Rumors: Kosuke Tomita, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 4:52 am, under NPB
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The Texas Rangers made an offer to Yokohama senryokugai Kosuke Tomita (26). He was scheduled to attend the twelve-team tryout on Thursday, but canceled after he got the offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2014, Sponichi 11/21/2014

Shugo Fujii (37) may be prepared to retire if he gets no NPB offers. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

The Hanshin Tigers feel they could hear from Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) some time around December 10. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014 ... The media learned on Thursday that the Tigers submitted their final offer to Nakajima. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2014 ... Seibu does not plan on getting into a bidding war with the Tigers. They will most likely stand by their current offer. Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2014

Munenori Kawasaki (33) chatted with Isao Harimoto earlier this month. Sponichi posted their conversation on November 8. Kawasaki had this to say about his future: "I do have plans to come back to Japan. That was the plan from my first year. I have no interest in the Majors. I went because I wanted to play with Ichiro. And it was crazy. I thought I'd be cut in a month. But, it's been three years. I have more friends, and it was good having conversations I never would have had if I stayed in Japan. I have no intention of finishing my career in the United States. I still don't know what I'm going to do. All I know is that I want to play baseball." Source: Sponichi 11/21/2014

[11/20/2014] Free Agents and Rumors: Chihiro Kaneko, Ryoji Aikawa, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.21, 2014 @ 1:56 am, under NPB
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Chihiro Kaneko

  • The Hanshin Tigers met Kaneko's agent in Tokyo on Wednesday.
  • The Tigers did not submit an offer during the meeting. They were more curious about Kaneko's itentions and plans.
  • Hanshin is still not planning to get involved until they know for certain what Kaneko wants.
  • Hanshin is interested in sitting down with Kaneko, but only if the Orix Buffaloes decide not to post him.
  • Kaneko has hired Arn Tellem.

Sources: Daily Sports 11/20/2014, Sports Hochi 11/20/2014, Liz Mullen Tweet 11/18/2014

Ryoji Aikawa

  • Aikawa is planning to announce his decision on Friday. He is expected to sign with the Yomiuri Giants.
  • The Giants will most likely offer Aikawa the number 23.
  • Yomiuri's offer will most likely be a one-year deal worth around sixty million yen.

Sources: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2014, Daily Sports 11/20/2014, Sanspo 11/20/2014


Five NPB teams, including the Hanshin Tigers, are interested in Hiroyuki Nakajima (32). The Tigers may have offered 1.2 billion yen over four years. The other four teams could be Seibu, Chunichi, Yokohama, and Orix. A Tigers' official told reporters they feel their offer needs to be the best. Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2014 ... Nakajima is currently training in the United States. According to Sanspo, Nakajima's family left for the United States on the 19th for a "family meeting." A decision could be made soon. A person close to Nakajima told reporters there was a seventy to eighty percent chance he would sign with the Tigers. Hanshin could send someone to the US in early-December to finalize negotiations. Source: Sanspo 11/20/2014

[11/19/2014] Rumors: Chris Capuano, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 2:07 am, under NPB
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Chris Capuano (36) is open to playing in Japan after watching Hiroki Kuroda. Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014 ... Seibu Lions' executive Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters they were contacted by Capuano. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014

The Seibu Lions will wait for Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) to make the next move. They are not planning to make adjustments to their current offer, which is believed to be four years at over 400 million yen. They are also said to be prepared to give him the number three and the everyday job at third base, batting third. They expect to hear from Nakajima some time in December. Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2014 ... Scott Boras reportedly told the Hanshin Tigers during negotiations that he received good offers from other NPB teams. The Tigers are concerned their offer may no longer be enough and are making adjustments that they plan to submit later this week. This will most likely be their last/best offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014

The Tigers held a press conference on Wednesday to introduce Yuto Morikoshi (26). He was assigned the number 37. Source: official announcement

The Yokohama Bay Stars held a press conference on Wednesday for Shun Tono (28). He has been assigned the number 00. Source: official announcement

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Kam Mickolio (30) and Tony Blanco (34). Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014

[11/18/2014] Rumors: Chunichi Dragons, Munenori Kawasaki, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.19, 2014 @ 4:27 am, under NPB
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Munenori Kawasaki (33) has a better idea of where he wants to play next year. He still needs a little more time, but is planning to make an announcement soon. A number of teams in Japan have an interest in the infielder, incuding Softbank and Orix. It is possible that he may be nearing a deal with a team in Japan. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are planning to review their initial offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) and make adjustments as necessary. They could re-submit a new offer some time before the end of the month. They want to make sure their offer is solid. They are competing against Nakajima's former team, the Seibu Lions. They could also be competing with a number of other teams, like Orix and Rakuten. Source: Sanspo 11/18/2014

The Tigers are planning to make Chunichi senryokugai Yuto Morikoshi (26) an offer. An announcement could be made on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2014

Chris Capuano (36) told reporters on Monday that he has spoken to two NPB teams. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014

Takehiro Donoue (29) passed his tryout with the Yomiuri Giants. The Giants are planning to sign Donoue to an Ikusei contract. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2014 ... The Giants held a press conference on Tuesday to introduce Donoue. He was signed to an Ikusei contract and given the number 014. Source: official announcement

The Chunichi Dragons officially announced the additions of Tomoya Yagi (31) and Kyohei Kamezawa (26) on Tuesday. Source: official announcement

The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to make offers to Chunichi senryokugai Kento Yachi (26) and Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24). Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014

[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

[11/14/2014] 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

[11/13/2014] 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

[11/11/2014] 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

[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