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[11/15/2013] Rumors: Matt Murton, Seung Hwan Oh, Manny Ramirez, Jason Standridge, Brian Wolfe

by on Nov.15, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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A number of teams, including the Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, and Yokohama Bay Stars, could be interested in Brian Wolfe.

Source: Sponichi 11/14/2013

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The Orix Buffaloes could switch gears and look into Manny Ramirez.  Some in the organization believe it will be important to replace Dae-Ho Lee with a big-name player.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/15/2013

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The Yomiuri Giants are interested in Jason Standridge.

Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2013

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The Tigers are planning to fill their foreign player roster slots with two pitchers and two position players next year.  They are looking into a fifth foreign player in case one of the four on the active roster gets hurt.

Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2013

The biggest sticking point in negotiations for Samsung's Seung Hwan Oh is apparently the amount of the transfer fee.  There was a tentative deadline today that could not be met, but the Tigers plan to continue negotiations.

GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters that they came to terms with Matt Muron.

Source: Sponichi 11/15/2013, Sponichi 11/15/2013

[11/13/2013] Munenori Kawasaki, Shunsuke Watanabe, Manny Ramirez

by on Nov.13, 2013 @ 3:12 pm, under MLB
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The latest on Munenori Kawasaki -

From the Toronto Sun's Steve Buffery:

The Japanese media also asked about Munenori Kawasaki, who was a huge fan favourite in Toronto last season, though the Jays declined his $1 million contract option on Oct. 31, making him a free agent.

"Right now, he's going to explore some other options, but we're definitely leaving the door open for him to come back," said Anthopoulos, adding that he believes Kawasaki deserves a major league contract.

"I don't know if we'll be able to give him that, but definitely he deserves whatever comes his way," said the GM. "He's a great teammate, a great person, he had a good season for us and Toronto and all of Canada fell in love with him."

Source: Toronto Sun 11/12/2013

From Sports Net's Shi Davidi:

Munenori Kawasaki may not be done with the Blue Jays after all. The unique and beloved infielder had his $1 million option for 2014 declined last month and there was talk he was eyeing a return to Japan. But another possibility is that he accepts another minor-league deal from the Blue Jays, albeit one that comes with a higher base salary than the $600,000 he collected while at triple-A Buffalo this season.

Source: Sports Net 11/11/2013

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Shunsuke Watanabe spent about two hours working out in Yokohama on Tuesday.  He tossed 150 pitches in the bullpen and used and MLB baseball.  He already contacted his former manager, Bobby Valentine, to let him know of his decision.  He has turned to Speed Learning for his English studies.

Source: Sanspo 11/13/2013, Sponichi 11/13/2013

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Oakland A's assistant GM David Forst believes Hiroyuki Nakajima should think about becoming a utility player.

Source: Sponichi 11/13/2013

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The latest on Manny Ramirez and Japan -

From the NY Daily News:

Manny Ramirez isn't finished with baseball yet.

At least that's what his agent, Barry Praver, said Monday at the General Managers meetings, saying the 41-year-old wants to play somewhere in 2014.

"He's interested in continuing his career, whether it be with a major-league organization or in Japan," Praver said. "He's serious. He's got a tremendous love of the game. He loves playing."

Source: NY Daily News 11/13/2013

Multiple media sources in Japan also mention Praver saying that Ramirez loves Japan, is interested in playing in the NPB, and would not mind a one-year deal.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2013, Sanspo 11/13/2013, Daily Sports 11/13/2013

[6/22/2013] Norichika Aoki, Munenori Kawasaki, Gosuke Katoh, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Jun.22, 2013 @ 9:43 pm, under MLB
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From June 21:

Hitters

Player Tm Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG Other
Norichika Aoki MIL ATL 0 @ MIL 2 RF 4 1 3 0 0 0 1 .299 Batted lead-off. 1B7 (R), 1B8, G6, 1B7 (SB). Made a nice sliding catch in the top of the 5th.
Munenori Kawasaki TOR BAL 6 @ TOR 7 SS 4 1 2 3 0 0 2 .229 Batted ninth. G4, 1B8 (RBI), HR9 (two RBI), G4. The home run was the first of his MLB career. Turned unassisted double play to end the 5th.
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK SRC 2 @ SLC 5 SS 3 0 1 0 0 1   .279 Batted seventh. HBP, Ks, G6, 1B8.
Hirotoshi Onaka TEX DNP                    
Ichiro Suzuki NYY TBA 2 @ NYY 6 RF 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 .269 Batted second. 1B9 (SB), G1 (RBI), G1, G3.
Gosuke Katoh NYY GCLPIT 4 @ GCLNYY1 6 2B 2 1 1 1 0 0   .500 Batted sixth. L9, HR9 (RBI). Replaced by a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 6th.
Kensuke Tanaka SF FRE 7 @ REN 12 PH 1 0 0 0 0 0   .332 Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Brett Bochy in the top of the 8th. F9.

Pitchers

Player Tm Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Other
Yu Darvish TEX DNP                     Next start: June 25 vs Yankees.
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC DNP                      
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA OAK 6 @ SEA 3 98-70 26 7.0 6 4 4 0 6 3 2.26 Left the game in the top of the 8th with Seattle down 4-3. (L, 7-3).
Hiroki Kuroda NYY DNP                      
Daisuke Matsuzaka CLE DNP                     Next start: June 22 vs Lehigh Valley.
Toru Murata CLE DNP                     Next start: June 22 vs New Britain.
Hideki Okajima OAK DNP                      
Hisanori Takahashi CHC DNP                      
Yoshinori Tateyama NYY DNP                     Traded to the New York Yankees for future considerations. [YES Network 6/21/2013]
Junichi Tazawa BOS BOS 10 @ DET 6 8-6 3 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.45 Entered the game in the bottom of the 6th with a runner on first, two out, and Boston up 7-5. (H, 12).
Koji Uehara BOS DNP                     Named the new closer. From from the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham: The season is not yet half over and the Red Sox have their third closer. It's righthander Koji Uehara, who was selected to replace Andrew Bailey on Friday. Uehara laughed when asked how long he expected to keep the job. "I'm assuming two or three days," he said via interpreter C.J. Matsumoto. ... Farrell said experience was the deciding factor in choosing Uehara over Andrew Miller or Junichi Tazawa. ... The Red Sox have said since spring training that Uehara needs to be regularly rested to be effective. Farrell's goal was not to use him on consecutive days, although that has happened on six occasions and Uehara has not allowed a run. "Hopefully we have save opportunities every night," Farrell said. "If he's not available, we have confidence that it could be Junichi, it could be Andrew Miller and in time Andrew Bailey." [Boston Globe 6/22/2013]
Tsuyoshi Wada BAL DNP                     Next start: June 23 vs Scranton/WB.

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Manny Ramirez appeared at Narita Airport on Friday -- he did not take a direct flight back to the US from Taiwan and apparently made a stop-over in Japan. Ramirez is reportedly open to playing in Japan.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/22/2013

[6/20/2013] Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki, Hiroki Kuroda, Gosuke Katoh

by on Jun.20, 2013 @ 4:03 pm, under MLB
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From June 19:

Hitters

Player Tm Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG Other
Norichika Aoki MIL DNP                   Place on paternity list for birth of second child. [Mike Vassllo Tweet 6/20/2013]
Munenori Kawasaki TOR COL 2 @ TOR 5 SS 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 .221 Batted ninth. F7, Kl, 3B9 (R). Committed a throwing error (5) in the top of the 5th.
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK DNP                    
Hirotoshi Onaka TEX SPO 3 @ VAN 8 LF 4 0 0 0 0 0   .125 Batted second. F9, F7, G4, E3.
Ichiro Suzuki NYY G1: LAD 4 @ NYY 6 RF 4 2 3 3 0 0 0 .274 Batted sixth. 1B4 (R), Fo5, HR9 (3), 1B7 (two RBI). Made a nice leaping catch at the warning track in the 8th.
G2: LAD 6 @ NYY 0 LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270 Batted sixth. G5, G1 (bunt), Fo5.
Kensuke Tanaka SF FRE 5 @ REN 11 PH 1 0 1 0 0 0   .322 Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Fabio Castillo in the top of the 6th. 1B9.

Pitchers

Player Tm Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Other
Yu Darvish TEX DNP                     Next start: June 23 vs Cardinals.
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC DNP                      
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA DNP                     Next start: June 21 vs Athletics.
Hiroki Kuroda NYY G1: LAD 4 @ NYY 6 107-69 27 6.2 8 2 2 1 2 0 2.78 Left the game in the top of the 7th with runners on first and second, two out, and the Yankees up 6-2. (W, 7-5). ... Has now recorded victories against all NL teams. Still needs wins against Twins and Tigers in the AL. [Nikkan Sports 6/20/2013]
Daisuke Matsuzaka CLE DNP                     Next start: June 22 vs Lehigh Valley.
Toru Murata CLE DNP                      
Hideki Okajima OAK SRC 7 @ SLC 11 26-16 7 1.0 5 4 4 0 0 1 3.79 Entered the game in the bottom of the 6th with Sacramento up 4-3. Left the game in the bottom of the 7th with a runner on first, no out, and the game tied at six.. (BS, 1) (L, 0-2).
Hisanori Takahashi CHC G2: NAS 0 @ IOW 1 12-8 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.98 Entered the game in the top of the 6th with no score. (W, 1-0).
Yoshinori Tateyama TEX MRB 9 @ RRE 4 50-33 12 3.0 1 0 0 2 5 0 4.24 Entered the game in the top of the 2nd with a runner on second, no out, and Round Rock down 9-1.
Junichi Tazawa BOS DNP                      
Koji Uehara BOS DNP                      
Tsuyoshi Wada BAL DNP                     Next start: June 22 vs Scranton/WB.

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Former Yomiuri Giant Keisuke Saito has reportedly decided to sign with the Kitchener Panthers (Intercount Baseball League in Canada).

Saito was the Giants' third round draft pick in 2008. He was released in October 2012 without ever making it to the active roster.

Source: Sanspo 6/20/2013

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Gosuke Katoh tweeted that he signed with the New York Yankees. From YES Network:

According to Baseball America, Katoh, the Yankees' second round selection who is the highest-chosen Japanese-born player ever, has agreed to his exact slot bonus of $845,700, meaning the Yankees still have saved nearly $276K of their allotted pool for their first through tenth-round selections.

Source: YES Network 6/19/2013

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Manny Ramirez is parting ways with the EDA Rhinos because he apparently misses his family in the New York. From an AP report:

Slugger Manny Ramirez is leaving Taiwanese team The Rhinos after just 49 games because the club says he misses his family in New York.

The Rhinos said it tried to keep the 12-time All-Star in Taiwan, including raising his monthly pay to almost $60,000 from $25,000.

[AP at ESPN 6/19/2013]

[6/18/2013] Chiba Lotte Marines could make a move for Manny Ramirez

by on Jun.18, 2013 @ 5:00 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Sponichi, the Chiba Lotte Marines could make a move for forty-one-year-old Manny Ramirez.

The Marines are fifth in the PL with forty-one home runs and feel Ramirez still has enough left in the tank to help power their line-up.  Ramirez is currently playing for the EDA Rhinos in the CPBL.  He reportedly signed a deal that allows him the option to break out of his contract to sign with another team, so long as the team is outside of Taiwan.

Source: Sponichi 6/18/2013

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Sanspo: Rakuten Eagles are interested in Manny Ramirez

by on Nov.03, 2012 @ 7:33 am, under NPB
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According to a report by Sanspo, the Rakuten Eagles may be one of three NPB teams interested in Manny Ramirez.  The Eagles are looking for a power bat from the right-side that can hit in the middle of their line-up.  Blanco was a possibility, but Ramirez's name has recently resurfaced.

"There are no problems in terms of he his achievements and his popularity.  But we we're still looking into things like his current condition and his personality," said a team official.

Rakuten is aware of his past problems and do not plan to rush into things.  If he is healthy and is serious about playing in Japan, he could end up giving the organization the exact kind of boost they have been looking for.

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The Eagles are also interested in Ryota Igarashi and may be willing to offer him a multi-year deal worth over 100M yen.

Source: Sanspo 11/3/2012

Three Japanese teams interested in Manny Ramirez

by on Oct.29, 2012 @ 2:29 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by the New York Post's George A. King (via Nikkan Sports), three Japanese teams are interested in forty-year-old Manny Ramirez.  A snip from the report:

Manny Ramirez is headed for the Dominican Republic to restart a baseball career that could continue in Japan, The Post has learned.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, three Japanese teams want to see the 40-year-old Ramirez play in games for Las Aguilas in order to gauge if he is worth signing.

The mercurial former Red Sox star is slated to leave Florida tomorrow and travel to his native Dominican, where the winter league is under way.

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UPDATE @ 10:20pm -

The Bay Stars do not appear to be one of the three teams interested.

Said GM Shigeru Takada, "We do not need two Ramirez's.  He is forty?  He would probably cost a lot too."

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2012

UPDATE 10/30 @ 4:55pm -

The Softbank Hawks are reportedly one of the three teams interested in Ramirez, but in a more general sense.

Softbank official: "We are looking into [Ramirez] as we are looking into a wide number of possibilities.  But we realistically can not sign him.  He also has that image [of using banned substances]."

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2012

Nikkan Sports: Softbank Hawks keeping an eye on Manny Ramirez

by on Dec.07, 2011 @ 8:50 pm, under NPB
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According to Nikkan Sports, the Softbank Hawks may be planning to keep an eye on Manny Ramirez until at least around July 2012.  The team likes what Ramirez can bring to the line-up offensively (as well as his potential marketability) and they think he might only cost them around 400M yen.  Whether or not they actually go after him will likely depend on how players like Hiroki Kokubo (40), Nobuhiko Matsunaka (37), and Alex Cabrera (39) do.  Wily Mo Pena's performance will also factor into their decision.

9/23/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Koji Uehara

by on Sep.23, 2011 @ 4:38 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 22nd:

Minnesota Twins 3 - Seattle Mariners 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: single to right (run scored), sac fly to right, ground out to third, fly out to right, ground out to the pitcher.  Ichiro currently has 179 hits and needs 21 in 6 games for 200.

Oakland A's 4 - Texas Rangers 3
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 0-for-4: strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging, fly out to left, strikeout swinging.

Koji Uehara entered the game in the bottom of the 8th (runner on third, 2 out, and the scored tied at 3) and retired the one batter he faced to get out of the inning without allowing the inherited runner to score.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 1 BF, 5-4 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

Cleveland Indians 11 - Chicago White Sox 2
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: solo homer (8) to right-center, strikeout swinging, 2-run single to left, walk, strikeout swinging.

Toronto Blue Jays 4 - LA Angels 3
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the bottom of the 7th (runner on 2nd, 1 out, and the score tied at 3) and retired the two batters he faced to get out of the inning without allowing the inherited runner to score.  Final line: 0.2 IP, 2 BF, 11-6 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 - San Francisco Giants 2
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and gave up 2 runs over 7 innings of work.  He also got the win and is now 13-16.  Final line: 7 IP, 26 BF, 92-62 NP-S, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR.

New York Mets 8 - St. Louis Cardinals 6
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the bottom of the 5th (runners on second and third, 2 out, and the Mets down 4-1) and needed just 2 pitches to get out of the inning.  Igarashi also tossed a shutout 6th.  Final line: 1.1 IP, 6 BF, 19-10 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R,  ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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The Japanese media has picked up on Manny Ramirez's quote about the possibility of playing in Japan (amongst other countries), if no one in US is interested.  A snip:

"I would comply with my pending sanction and I would be available for any major league team," Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com's Enrique Rojas via telephone from Miami. "I already informed (agent) Scott Boras of my decision to return and begin the process.

"If any team wants to sign me, I would play. If no one does, I would look to play in Japan or any other place. I was not prepared for retirement."

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A team of MLB players will be heading to Taiwan in November.  A snip from an MLB.com article:

A team of Major Leaguers will visit Taiwan this November to play against the Chinese Taipei national team in the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Thursday.

The 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series will feature five games from Nov. 2-6 in three different cities. The teams will play in New Taipei City (Nov. 2), Taichung (Nov. 3-4) and Kaohsiung (Nov. 5-6).

MLB and the MLBPA will select the roster and coaching staff, which will be announced in October.