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[4/24/2015] Masahiro Tanaka, Norichika Aoki, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Apr.24, 2015 @ 6:46 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 4/23 LAD 2
SFG 3
LF 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 .315
Batted lead-off. Results: G4, Ks, G6, G6, F6. Sponichi 4/24/2015, Sponichi 4/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 4/23 MIA 9
PHI 1
LF 5 0 1 0 0 1 6 .257
Batted sixth. Results: Ks, G6, F7, 1B7, G6. Sponichi 4/24/2015, Sponichi 4/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015,
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 4/23 BUF 11
LHV 1
SS 4 3 3 0 1 0   .333
Batted eighth. Results: BB-SB[3], G6, 2B8[3]-R[3], 2B7[4]-R[4], 1B7-R[5]. Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 4/23 SAV 2
CRD 4
2B 4 0 0 0 0 2   .167
Batted sixth. Results: uKs-SB[5], Ks, F7, G4.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Masahiro Tanaka NYY 4/23 NYY 2
DET 1
94-60 24 6.1 3 1 1 2 6 0 3.22
Started the game. Left with runners on first and second and one out in the bottom of the 7th with the score tied at one. Did not factor into the final decision. Sponichi 4/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015. MLB.tv highlight, MLB.tv post-game interviews.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 4/23 BOS 1
TBR 2
13-9 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with the score tied at one. Sponichi 4/24/2015, Sponichi 4/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kyuji Fujikawa TEX 4/23 CSP 3
RRE 5
15-9 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.00
Entered the game in the top of the 7th with Round Rock up 5-2. He picked up his first hold of the year. (H, 1). This was his fourth rehab outing. Sponichi 4/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015.

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[4/21/2015] Hisashi Iwakuma, Junichi Tazawa, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Apr.21, 2015 @ 7:14 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 4/20 CRD 5
AUG 4
DH 4 1 1 0 0 1   .152
Batted third. Results: Ks, F5, G3, 1B8-R[5].

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 4/20 HOU 7
SEA 5
71-46 21 5.1 5 4 4 0 3 2 6.61
Started the game. Left in the top of the 6th with a runner on second, one out, and Seattle up 5-3. The runner he left on the base later came around to score. He did not factor into the decision. Sponichi 4/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2015.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 4/20 BAL 1
BOS 7
18-13 5 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Entered the game in the top of the 6th with Boston up 5-1. Left in the top of the 7th with a runner on first, one out, and Boston up 7-1. Sponichi 4/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2015. MLB.tv Highlight.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kyuji Fujikawa TEX 4/20 MRB 3
RRE 4
19-10 5 1.0 2 2 2 1 2 1 9.00
Entered the game in the top of the 7th with Round Rock up 2-1. Gave up two runs on a two-run home run. Left after an inning of work with Round Rock down 3-2. Recorded a blown save. (BS, 1). Nikkan Sports 4/12/2015.

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[4/19/2015] Masahiro Tanaka, Norichika Aoki, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Apr.19, 2015 @ 2:55 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 4/18 ARI 1
SFG 4
LF 5 1 2 0 0 1 2 .327
Batted lead-off. Results: 2B7-R[6], Ks, 1B8, F7, F7. Sponichi 4/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/19/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 4/18 MIA 4
NYM 5
PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .227
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the top of the 9th. Results: Kl. Sponichi 4/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/19/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 4/18 CRD 6
SAV 4
2B 2 1 1 0 2 0   .154
Batted sixth. Results: BB, 1B8, F7, BB-R[3].

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Masahiro Tanaka NYY 4/18 NYY 9
TBR 0
85-58 23 7.0 2 0 0 0 8 0 3.94
Started the game. Picked up his second win of the season. (W, 2-1). Sponichi 4/19/2015, Sponichi 4/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/19/2015. MLB.tv higlights.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kyuji Fujikawa TEX 4/18 MRB 5
RRE 0
18-10 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Entered the game in the top of the 6th with Round Rock down 5-0. Sponichi 4/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/19/2015.

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[4/15/2015] Norichika Aoki, Ichiro Suzuki, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Apr.15, 2015 @ 5:31 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 4/14 COL 4
SFG 1
LF 3 0 1 0 2 1 0 .405
Batted lead-off. Results: G3, BB, 1B5-SB[2], BB, Ks. Extended hitting streak to seventeen games. Sponichi 4/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2015,
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 4/14 MIA 8
ATL 2
LF 4 2 1 0 1 0 1 .250
Batted second. Results: BB-R[1], L7, G6, F6, 1B5-R[2]. Sponichi 4/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2015,
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 4/13
RES
PAW 9
BUF 6
2B 4 0 0 0 0 2   .000
Batted ninth. Results: Ks, Ks, F8, F7. Committed a throwing error[1] in the top of the 3rd. Sponichi 4/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2015,
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 4/14 AUG 4
CRD 5
2B 3 0 1 1 2 2   .118
Batted second. Results: BB, Kl, Ks, BB, 1B8-one RBI[3].

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 4/14 SEA 5
LAD 6
95-60 24 5.0 6 4 4 3 5 2 6.55
Started the game. Left after giving up a home run to the first batter he faced in the sixth inning with Seattle up 5-4. Did not factor into the final decision. Sponichi 4/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2015,
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koji Uehara BOS 4/14 WSH 7
BOS 8
14-10 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston up 8-7. Picked up the save in his first appearance of the year. (S, 1). Sponichi 4/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2015. MLB.tv highlight.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 4/14 WSH 7
BOS 8
15-8 3 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Entered the game in the top of the top of the 9th with none on, one out, and Boston up 8-7. Notched his second hold of the season. (H, 2). Sponichi 4/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2015. MLB.tv highlight.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kyuji Fujikawa TEX 4/14 NWA 6
FRI 2
21-15 6 1.0 3 3 1 0 0 0 9.00
Entered the game in the top of the 8th with Frisco down 3-2. First rehab game. Sponichi 4/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2015,

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[12/18/2014] Rumors: Kenta Maeda, Yohei Oshima, Seung-Hwan Oh

by on Dec.19, 2014 @ 3:45 am, under NPB
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Some more numbers from Kyuji Fujikawa's contract with the Texas Rangers, from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman: $1M '15 salary, $2M club option for '16 w/ 100K buyout. so $1.1M guarantee. '16 base can rises to $3.5M on '15 gf. Source: Jon Heyman Twitter 12/17/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars held a press conference for Hideki Okajima (38) on Thursday. He was assigned the number twenty-one and agreed to a contract worth an estimated sixty million yen plus incentives. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/18/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are planning to send a representative to Korea to negotiate terms for the second year of Seung-Hwan Oh's (32) two-year contract. The Tigers are also hoping to learn more about what Oh has planned after the 2015 season. Source: Sanspo 12/18/2014 ... Daily Sports is reporting that Oh is open to remaining in Japan after the 2015 season, based on information taken from a source close to the pitcher. Tigers' general manger Katsuhiro Nakamura feels it could come down to either staying in the NPB or returning to Korea. Source: Daily Sports 12/18/2014

Kenta Maeda (26) met the Hiroshima Carp official at Mazda Stadium on Thursday for preliminary salary negotiations and was told that they were not planning to post him to the Majors this off-season. Maeda accepted the decision. The two sides are expected to finalize a contract for the 2015 season before the end of the year. Source: Sponichi 12/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/18/2014, Sports Hochi 12/18/2014, Daily Sports 12/18/2014

Yohei Oshima (29) resumed salary negotiations with the Chunichi Dragons on Thursday and decided to agree to their original offer of seventy-four million yen (17.75 million yen raise). Oshima went over the numbers with team representative Kazuo Nishiyama and felt better about where he stood with the team. He also did not want negotiations to drag out for too long. Source: Sponichi 12/18/2014

Yuki Yoshimura (30) met the Softbank Hawks for salary negotiations on Thursday and placed their forty-five million yen (ten million yen raise) offer on hold because he felt he deserved a little more. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/18/2014, Sponichi 12/18/2014

The Hawks re-signed Masato Sakata (21) to an Ikusei contract. His uniform number will remain 120. Source: Sponichi 12/18/2014

The Yakult Swallows are interested in Yomiuri senryokugai Suguru Ino (31). Source: Nikkan Sports 12/18/2014

Yokohama senryokugai Kazumasa Kikuchi (32) had surgery to clean out his right shoulder in October and is not yet ready to retire. He is hoping to attend tryouts with teams during spring camp. Source: Sponichi 12/18/2014

Thirty-eight-year-old pitcher Tomokazu Oka is hoping to continue playing next year and is waiting for an offer. Source: Sponichi 12/18/2014

[12/16/2014] Rumors: Chihiro Kaneko, Matt Murton, Kenta Maeda

by on Dec.17, 2014 @ 1:27 am, under NPB
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman is reporting that Kyuji Fujikawa's (34) one-year deal with the Texas Rangers is for one million US dollars plus bonuses. Source: Jon Heyman Tweet 12/15/2014 ... The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Stefan Stevens also tweeted that the one million is guaranteed and includes a club option. Source: Stefan Stevens Tweet 12/16/2014

The Chunichi Dragons spoke to the Baseball Federation of Cuba in early December and were recommended two pitchers. The Dragons declined but are still considering possibilities. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

The media learned on Monday that the Hanshin Tigers may have reached out to Chihiro Kaneko's agent earlier this month and offered a multi-year deal that may have been for about three years. Source: Sports Hochi 12/16/2014, Sanspo 12/16/2014 ... According to Nikkan Sports, the Tigers could offer up to three years at about 1.5 million yen. Kaneko is planning to narrow down his option to two or three teams and could make a decision before the end of the year. Hanshin might also be okay with posting him after two years. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

The Tigers announced that they reached an agreement with Matt Murton (33) for the 2015 season. The two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated 3.9 million US dollars. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014, Daily Sports 12/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

Kenta Maeda (26) is planning to let the Hiroshima Carp know that he is still strongly interested in playing in the Majors when he meets team officials during preliminary salary negotiations. Source: Daily Sports 12/16/2014

Toru Hosokawa (34) finished off the final year of a four-year contract this season. He met the Softbank Hawks on Tuesday for contract negotiations and agreed to a new two-year deal. His salary next season will be an estimated 100 million yen (up thirty-six million yen). Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are planning to add Darrell Rasner (33) to their staff as a US-based scout. An announcement is expected in the next few days. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014

[12/13/2014] Rumors: Takashi Toritani, Kyuji Fujikawa, Yuhei

by on Dec.14, 2014 @ 12:54 am, under NPB
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The media learned Takashi Toritani (33) met the Hanshin Tigers for a second time this off-season on the 11th. The organization again asked that he remain. Toritani told the Tigers he planned to make a decision once all MLB offers were on the table. When asked by reporters if he was going to make a decision before the end of the year, he said he was not sure. He could meet with Hanshin again early next week. Source: Daily Sports 12/13/2014, Sanspo 12/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014

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Takahiro Mahara (33) turned down a multi-year deal and incentives from the Orix Buffaloes because he does not think they are necessary. "I want to play for this team. I've never signed [a multi-year deal]. I have no interest in incentives. I take each year as a new challenge," said Mahara. When asked about the international FA option he is slated to earn next year, he replied, "I'm not thinking about that at all." Source: Sports Hochi 12/13/2014, Daily Sports 12/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014

Kenta Maeda (26) could meet team officials for preliminary salary negotiations on the 16th. If talks go smoothly, the Hiroshima Carp might be able to sign Maeda to an agreement before the end of the year. There is a chance the actually signing could take place next year if talks break down or there are scheduling conflicts. Source: Sports Hochi 12/13/2014, Sponichi 12/13/2014

The Chunichi Dragons signed Takahiro Kawasaki (21) to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 4.4 million yen. His uniform number will change from 51 to 201. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014

Yuhei (30) is slated to meet the Yakult Swallows on the 16th to resume salary negotiations. It will be his second meeting with team officials this off-season. He placed their initial offer on hold, but is planning to sign on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 12/13/2014, Daily Sports 12/13/2014

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Kyuji Fujikawa (34) and the Texas Rangers are close to finalizing a one-year contract with an option. The deal is pending a physical. Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson Tweet 12/13/2014, MLB.com's TR Sullivan Tweet 12/13/2014

[12/10/2014] Rumors: Rick VandenHurk, Kyuji Fujikawa, Yulieski Gourriel

by on Dec.11, 2014 @ 2:50 am, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines received Yakult's list of protected players on the 9th. Lotte has until January 6, but will try to reach a decision before the end of the year. They are planning to select a player as part of their compensation for losing Yoshihisa Naruse. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014

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Kyuji Fujikawa will most likely play in the United States next year. A source close to the situation told reporters that the pitcher did not have to consider returning to Japan because there was enough MLB interest. Source: Daily Sports 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

The Softbank Hawks have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with Rick VandenHurk (29). An announcement is expected within the next couple of days. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

Yoshihisa Hirano (30) signed a three-year deal worth 900 million yen. At 300 million a year, he became the highest paid pitcher in franchise history. Hirano likes Orix and feels strongly about winning a championship with them and never considered playing for another team this year. He is slated to earn his international FA option after next season. He is planning to stay with Orix over the next three years, but was unwilling to commit to the organization for the rest of his career when asked by reporters on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014, Sports Hochi 12/10/2014, Sponichi 12/10/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars may have offered Yulieski Gourriel (30) a one-year deal worth about 350 million yen, in addition to a two-year deal worth as much as 700 million yen. A representative is currently in Cuba handling negotiations. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014

The Yakult Swallows may have offered Yuhei (30) fifty-eight million for 2015 (a raise of about forty-five million). The outfielder placed the offer on hold because he was expecting more. Since this was his first full season at Ichi-gun, he had his management company rate his season. There was a gap between what Yakult offered and what his management company estimated. The Swallows sweetened their deal during the meeting, but have no plans to add to it. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

Ryosuke Hirata (26) met Chunichi Dragons' officials on Wednesday for about ninety minutes and agreed to a deal worth an estimated forty-seven million yen in 2015 (twelve million raise). The amount remained unchanged since the first round of negotiations, but time and a better understanding of the team's rating system was enough to get Hirata to sign. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014, Daily Sports 12/10/2014, Sponichi 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

Atori Ota (25) agreed to a deal worth an estimated 9.5 million yen (a salary cut of three million) on Wednesday. It was Ota's second meeting with Yokohama Bay Star officials. It was the same offer he received during his first meeting. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014

[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

[11/6/2014] 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

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Hiroshima Carp

Softbank Hawks