According to at least two reports, the Chiba Lotte Marines have an interest in forty-two-year-old Jose Contreras and could give him a tryout during fall camp this year. The starting rotation has struggled this season and the Marines believe Contreras might have enough left in the tank to help in 2015. The veteran righty has also reportedly expressed an interest in ending his career in Japan.
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The Toronto Blue Jays handed out uniform numbers for their spring training non-roster invitees. Munenori Kawasaki (32) was assigned the number sixty-six and Tomo Ohka (38) the number fifty-five.
Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2014
Kawasaki wants to learn Spanish and French to help him expand his horizons.
"I will spend time playing with players that speak Spanish and I would like to have more in-depth conversations with them. I want to study French to make more friends," Munenori said. "It is important to study to learn things you do not know. Working hard to play baseball is a given. Learning languages is also very important."
Source: Sponichi 1/20/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa is currently able to play catch at a distance of about thirty meters. He might be able to toss a bullpen session some time in late-February. He could pitch in a minor league rehab game in April.
Source: Sponichi 1/20/2014
Jose Contreras might be open to pitching in Japan. An unnamed source told Tokyo Sports that Contreras' agent contacted teams in Japan to gauge interest.
Source: Tokyo Sports 1/20/2014
The media learned yesterday that Jose Contreras' son, Kevin Smith, dropped out of Yanagawa High School.
Smith was originally enrolled in a baseball academy in the US, but wanted to experience the Koshien in Japan and transferred to Yanagawa High School in April. But he had hip/lower back problems and returned to the US for surgery, never returning to the team and dropping out of the high school.
It seems his injury was fairly severe (his right leg was feeling numb and he had a hard time walking) and may have factored into his decision to leave the school.
It appears as though Jose Contreras' son, Kevin Smith, will be attending Yanagawa High School. Smith told reporters that he hopes to become a player that his teammates can rely on and that he wants to make it to the Koshien.
According to school officials, Smith heard about the Koshien tournament, decided he wanted to study in Japan because of it, and applied to Yanagawa because of their international studies department.
Wonder if he's any good.
With Justin Germano likely leaving the Hawks, there's a possibility that the Hawks might look into signing Jose Contreras.
Contreras is in Japan right now checking out Yanagawa High School with his son and has told the Japanese media that he wouldn't mind playing in the NPB. He was also rumored to have approached the Hanshin Tigers a couple weeks back, only to be turned down by them.
At 37, I'd consider Contreras a fairly big risk. But if they're only looking to replace Germano straight up (4.38 ERA, 5-4, 76.0 IP, 1.34 WHIP) and for only a year, then maybe it's not such a bad move.
Sanspo is reporting that Jose Contreras approached the Hanshin Tigers, only to be turned down by them.
Someone connected to the Tigers said, "It seems he wants to play baseball in Japan. We already turned him down, so there's obviously no chance of him coming here."
Another person said, "It seems like Contreras could be signed for cheap, so other clubs might be interested in him."
Sanspo guesses that Contreras could go for about 30-40M yen, but also warns that his skill set is in decline.
The Tigers probably made the right choice in turning down Contreras. I haven't had much of a chance to watch him pitch the last couple of seasons, but I'm guessing that the Tigers have better internal options available.