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Orix Buffaloes News and Notes: February 5, 2013

by on Feb.05, 2013 @ 11:30 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • 1st round draft pick Takahiro Matsuba: bullpen, fifty-five pitches

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2013


Yoshio Itoi started feeling tightness in his left hamstring during fielding practice today and later cut his workouts short.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/5/2013, Daily Sports 2/5/2013


Hiroshi Moriwaki worked directly with Keiichi Hirano around second base for about an hour and a half today.

Source: Sanspo 2/5/2013

Moriwaki has not been happy with Ryoichi Adachi's performance so far during spring camp and could swap him out with Mitsutaka Goto (once he is ready).

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2013


Kei Igawa has been riding a bike to the stadium during spring camp (roughly ten kilometers at about thirty minutes one way).

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013

Igawa rented a standard bike from the team hotel on the 2nd.  He started borrowing a road bike from a local fan on the 3rd.

Igawa is planning to toss his first bullpen session (standing catcher) on the 7th.

Source: Sanspo 2/5/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013Daily Sports 2/5/2013

Orix Buffaloes News and Notes: February 3, 2013

by on Feb.03, 2013 @ 11:38 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Yoshio Itoi: sixty-nine swings, twelve over the fence

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2013


  • Shun Tono: bullpen, 103 pitches, third session in as many days
  • Tomoya Yagi: bullpen, 142 pitches, third session in as many days
  • Chihiro Kaneko: bullpen, fifty-two pitches, squatting catcher, third session in as many days
  • Kodai Matsumoto: bullpen, 101 pitches, including off-speed pitches, third session in as many days

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2013Nikkan Sports 2/3/2013, Sports Hochi 2/3/2013


Keiichi Hirano will play any position, but does have a preference for second.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2013


Takahiro Mahara could toss batting practice on the 7th and pitch in an intra-squad game on the 10th.

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2013

Hanshin Tigers select Kazuya Takamiya as compensation for losing Keiichi Hirano

by on Jan.11, 2013 @ 4:55 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they selected left-handed pitcher Kazuya Takamiya (31) as compensation for losing Keiichi Hirano (31) to the Orix Buffaloes.

Since Hirano was a class B free agent, the Tigers will also receive 40% of his 2012 salary as part of the compensation rule.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/11/2013, official announcement (Orix)

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Kenichi Hirano to return to Orix with two-year deal

by on Dec.25, 2012 @ 3:10 pm, under NPB
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Keiichi Hirano has decided to return to the Orix Buffaloes.  According to Nikkan Sports, Hirano has agreed to a two-year deal worth an estimated 150 million yen a year.  An official announcement is expected sometime in early January.

The Buffaloes' PR department provide the media with the following statement from Hirano:

I exercised my FA option and will be leaving the Hanshin Tigers to join the Orix Buffaloes.  I want to thank the Hanshin organization, the manager, the coaches, and the staff for allowing me to grow as a professional player.  More than anything, I am grateful to all the Hanshin Tigers' fans for all their support.  I decided to sign [with the Buffaloes] because they are the team I started with and because I could feel they really needed me in order to win.  As always, I will domy absolute best to first win a starting job.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/25/2012, Sponichi 12/25/2012, Daily Sports 12/25/2012, Sanspo 12/25/2012

Hanshin Tigers met Keiichi Hirano twice since becoming a free agent

by on Dec.15, 2012 @ 11:22 pm, under NPB
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Sanspo is reporting that the last offer the Tigers made to Keiichi Hirano may have been for close to the same amount he made this past season (190 million yen).  Before exercising his FA option, the last offer on the table was reportedly 10% less than his 2012 salary.  Source: Sanspo 12/15/2012

Nikkan Sports adds a little more to the story.  At the end of the season, the Tigers offered Hirano 150 million yen (down 40 million yen).  After exercising his FA option, they met him twice in November and upped their 150 million yen offer a little.

"Since we could not get him to say yes, it could mean he either wants more, or we need to offer him something entirely different...  It would be different if we had given up on Hirano, but we have not," said an unnamed team official.

The Tigers are currently waiting for Hirano to contact them.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2012

Keiichi Hirano may have overplayed his hand, could end up returning to Hanshin for even less

by on Nov.22, 2012 @ 11:33 am, under NPB
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Keiichi Hirano has not received any offers since becoming a free agent.  The Orix Buffaloes have said they are not interested, but a Nikkan Sports report filed this morning mentions a possible change of heart (if no one else shows interest, they might check in with him).

If Hirano has to return to the negotiating table with the Hanshin Tigers, they will most likely take back their original offer and start over from scratch.  Sports Hochi thinks the Tigers will take advantage of their position and propose a deal that is fifty percent less than what he made this past season.  Other reports are also predicting a large drop in salary.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2012, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2012, Sports Hochi Osaka 11/22/2012, Daily Sports 11/22/2012


UPDATE @ 8:04pm - Buffaloes team director Yoshio Murayama spoke to reporters today and said, "I do not know what kind of condition [Hirano] is in. ... He used to be one of our players so there is a sentimental factor.  And he is a very capable player."  Source: Sponichi 11/22/2012

Keiichi Hirano may have stayed with Hanshin if he was offered a multi-year deal

by on Nov.13, 2012 @ 12:44 am, under NPB
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According to a report by Daily Sports, Keiichi Hirano decided to test the FA waters because the Hanshin Tigers would not give him a multi-year deal.

"I did not want to say [that I was going to exercise my FA option], but during negotiations, I wonder why they would not [offer me a multi-year deal] even though I worked so hard for them...  That feeling just grew stronger.  I wanted to play for the Tigers for many years to come," said Hirano.

He continued, "This is not about the money.  I also understand the team's desire to use young players and sign free agents.  So if that is the case, then I thought this would be my last chance to learn what my current value is on the market.  After that, it is retirement, so I decided to exercise my FA option in order to learn about my value."

Hirano then added, "All I have for [Yutaka] Wada, the organization, and the fans, is appreciation.  I want to spend more time with the Tigers.  I feel like giving back.  I also feel like staying, if possible."

Source: Daily Sports 11/12/2012


As for teams that might be interested, Orix and Yokohama have been mentioned the most.  Their current interest levels:

Orix Buffaloes (connection: former team)

The Buffaloes are currently focusing all their efforts on signing Tsuyoshi Nishioka.  If they fail, then they will most likely look into Hirano as an option.  However, it may not be a simple decision for the organization since he is also a class B free agent.  Source: Daily Sports 11/12/2012

Yokohama Bay Stars (connection: raise in Kanagawa)

GM Shigeru Takada spoke to reporters on Monday and said that he had no plans to pursue Hirano because the team already has a number of options.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2012

Hanshin Tigers (connection: current team)

The Tigers would like Hirano to return and plan to keep the lines of communication open.  Yutaka Wada told reporters on Monday that the team needed him.  Source: Daily Sports 11/12/2012, Nikkan Sports 11/12/2012

Incidentally Lotte has also been mentioned.

The Rakuten Eagles may have been considered a possibility, but Senichi Hoshino told reporters they were not interested.  Source: Sponichi 11/12/2012

11/11/2012: Takashi Toritani, Keiichi Hirano, Masafumi Hirai

by on Nov.11, 2012 @ 11:11 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers will continue trying to convince Takashi Toritani to remain with the team right through to the FA filing deadline on the 13th.  Source: Sanspo 11/11/2012


Keiichi Hirano is a Type B free agent.  The compensation required to sign him will either be no player plus sixty percent of his 2012 salary or a player plus forty percent of his 2012 salary.  Source: Sanspo 11/11/2012

Nikkan Sports does not think Hirano will return to the Tigers next season.  They also mentioned that a number of teams, including his former team Orix, could be interested.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2012

The Tigers met with Hirano three times.  Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2012

The Buffaloes may or may not be interested in Hirano.  Their bottom line right now is signing Tsuyoshi Nishioka.  They also have an interest in Yoshinori Tateyama and Hisanori Takahashi.

Source: Sponichi 11/11/2012

In addition Orix, Yokohama and Lotte have been mentioned.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 11/11/2012


The Orix Buffaloes are planning to sign Chunichi senryokugai Masafumi Hirai (37).  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 11/11/2012

Hanshin Tigers: Hirano plans to exercise FA option; Fukuhara decides to stick around

by on Nov.10, 2012 @ 8:35 pm, under NPB
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The Tigers announced today that Keiichi Hirano will be exercising his domestic FA option.  He has not ruled out a return to organization.

Hanshin provided the following prepared statement from Hirano.

"I had a difficult time with this decision, but I have decided to use my FA option.  I would like to hear what other teams think, including Hanshin, and would like to play for a team that needs me the most."

The Tigers plan on continuing negotiations with Hirano, but a number of other teams, like the Yokohama Bay Stars, are expected to show some interest in the thirty-three-year-old.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2012, Sports Hochi 11/10/2012, Sponichi 11/10/2012, Daily Sports 11/10/2012


The Tigers also announced that Shinobu Fukuhara is not planning to exercise his international FA option and will return to the team next season. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2012, Sports Hochi 11/10/2012, Sponichi 11/10/2012


Takashi Toritani (international FA option) has yet to make a decision.

11/9/2012: Motonobu Tanishige, Kenta Asakura, Keiichi Hirano, Taiyo Fujita, Brian Sikorski

by on Nov.09, 2012 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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The Dragons announced today that Motonobu Tanishige (41) he will not exercise his FA option and will remain with the Chunichi Dragons.  Source: Sponichi 11/9/2012


Kenta Asakura (31) told reporters on Thursday he does not plan to exercise his FA option and will stay with the Chunichi Dragons.  Kohei Oda (35) will also most likely stay put.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2012


Keiichi Hirano sat down with the Hanshin Tigers today.  They asked him to remain with the team but he decided to hold off on making a decision.  It seems negotiations have not gone particularly well so far.  Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2012


The Yakult Swallows announced that they agreed to basic terms with Seibu senryokugai Taiyo Fujita (33).  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2012official announcement


The Hiroshima Carp announced that they signed Chunichi senryokugai Yuichi Hisamoto.  A press conference is scheduled for the 12th.  Of the sixty-one victories the Carp recorded last season, only four were won by left-handed pitchers.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2012


The Seibu Lions are planning to offer Brian Sikorski a contract.  Source: Sponichi 11/9/2012

Sikorski gave up a run on one hit over two innings during an intra-squad outing today.  His fastball was consistently above 140km/h.  The Lions will likely make an announcement on Sikorski after he gets a physical.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2012