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[12/17/2014] Rumors: Chihiro Kaneko, Norihiro Nakamura

by on Dec.18, 2014 @ 4:48 am, under NPB
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Chihiro Kaneko

  • The Orix Buffaloes' last offer may have been three years at 1.5 million yen.
  • In addition to Orix, Hanshin, Chunichi, Yokohama, and Rakuten are all said to be interested.
  • The Hanshin Tigers held internal discussions on Tuesday and are closer to finalizing terms for their offer. They will most likely put together a competitive three-year contract, but the sky will not be the limit. They may also be willing to post Kaneko after two years. They may be ready to submit their offer soon.
  • The Buffaloes know that Kaneko likes to think things through and is the type of person that needs to be convinced before making a decision. They would like to know what he wants before the end of the year, but realize things could spill into 2015.

Source: Sanspo 12/17/2014, Sanspo 12/17/2014, Daily Sports 12/17/2014, Sports Hochi 12/17/2014, Sports Hochi 12/17/2014, Sponichi 12/17/2014, Sponichi 12/17/2014

Kaneko updated his blog again.

To my fans,

Thank you for all the comments.

I read all of them.

I wanted to talk about free agency, something everyone is curious about.

I was once asked, "Aren't you supposed to exercise your FA option when you know there is another team you want to play for?"

I have never imagined playing for another team or signing a contract with another team during the season while playing as a member of the Buffaloes.

After I exercised my option, I received offers from other teams and listened to each one with fresh ears.

It's not just about my evaluation. Teams are telling me about things like how they break down data, their plans for team development, and what the team owner is thinking. Some teams have told me about their ties with the community.

This is a first for me. It has been very exciting and informative.

This is something I was able to experience because I exercised my FA option.

I focused on my performance during the season and then listened to offers for the first time after exercising my FA option. It made me realize again, just how important this is for me.

That is why I am still thinking, still struggling.

I am not trying to get teams to increase their offers and I'm not trying to figure out the right time to sell...

I am thinking hard again today because I want to give everyone good news!

Oh, things are going well with my right elbow. It's no longer really causing me problems in my day-to-day activities.

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Seibu's Takumi Kuriyama was offered a two-year contract, but instead signed a one-year deal. Source: ZakZak 12/17/2014

The Tigers exercised a club option with Matt Murton. At about 450 million yen (based on the current conversion rate of one dollar = 116 yen), he will be the second highest paid player in franchise history, behind Tomoaki Kanemoto's 550 million yen in 2009. Source: Daily Sports 12/17/2014, Sponichi 12/17/2014

Norihiro Nakamura (41) received an "offer" from Gunma Diamond Pegasus (BC League) senior director Alex Ramirez. Nakamura is still waiting for an offer from the NPB. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/17/2014

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[12/12/2014] Rumors: Takashi Toritani, Kensuke Tanaka

by on Dec.13, 2014 @ 1:31 am, under NPB
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Scott Boras told reporters that there was always a chance Takashi Toritani (33) could return to the Hanshin Tigers next year. The agent also indicated a decision will most likely be made before the end of the year. Source: Sanspo 12/12/2014, Sanspo 12/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/12/2014

Kensuke Tanaka (33) was hoping to return to the United States next year, but did not receive any offers. A number of NPB teams have shown interest, but the infielder is expected to choose the Nippon Ham Fighters. Source: Nikkan Soprts 12/12/2014

The Seibu Lions could find themselves in a position where they might be interested in Yokohama senryokugai Norihiro Nakamura (41). Source: ZakZak 12/12/2014

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[12/8/2014] Rumors: Rakuten Eagles, Norihiro Nakamura

by on Dec.09, 2014 @ 2:49 am, under NPB
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Chihiro Kaneko

  • The Rakuten Eagles are planning to offer the uniform number 19 to Kaneko. The number was worn by former manager Katsuya Nomura between 2006 and 2009 and left out of the active rotation since. They could also offer him three or more years. Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014
  • Rakuten executive Hiroshi Abei was planning to attend the winter meetings in San Diego, but decided to cancel to make Kaneko his top priority. Others officials, like team president Yozo Tachibana, left for the United States on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 12/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014

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Munenori Kawasaki (37) hinted on Sunday that he was twenty-eighty sure of where he wanted to play next year (he did not spec. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014

Norihiro Nakamura (41) is still waiting for an offer from an NPB team. Source: Daily Sports 12/7/2014 ... Nakamura is planning to wait it out through to the end of spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 12/8/2014

If the Yokohama Bay Stars are unable to re-sign Yulieski Gourriel (30), they could turn their attention to finding a closer. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2014

Takahiro Okada (26) met the Orix Buffaloes for salary negotiations on Monday and held off on agreeing to their offer because he was unsatisfied with it. He will have his representative handle all future negotiations. Source: Daily Sports 12/8/2014 ... According to Sanspo, Okada was offered seventy-eight million yen (twenty-three million yen raise). Source: Sanspo 12/8/2014

Former Yakult Swallow Hiroki Sanada joined the Fukushima Hopes (BC League) as a player/coach. Source: official announcement

Former Yakult Swallow Chris Narveson (32) signed a minor league contract with the Marlins. Source: Sun-Sentinel 12/7/2014 via Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014

Freddy Garcia (38) wants to play in Japan. Source: Jon Morosi Twitter 12/7/2014 via Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014

[11/29/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Alfredo Despaigne, Tony Blanco

by on Nov.30, 2014 @ 9:17 am, under NPB
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Yokohama senryokugai Norihiro Nakamura (41) is still hoping to land a spot on an NPB team. He is giving himself until the end of the year. He is not interested in continuing his career by signing with an independent league team or going overseas. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014

Orix senryokugai players Ryuji Shoji and Hiroki Nishikawa are planning to pursue careers as police officers in Osaka. Source: Sponichi 11/30/2014

The Softbank Hawks are expected hold a press conference to introduce Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) on December 5. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014, Sponichi 11/29/2014

Only two of the nine foreign players the Rakuten Eagles had on the active roster this year will be returning next year: Rhiner Cruz and Zach Lutz. The other seven are Kevin Youkilis, John Bowker, Nick Evans, Travis Blackley, Loek Van Mil, Andruw Jones, and Brian Falkenborg. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014

The Orix Buffaloes reportedly left Wily Mo Pena (32), Joey Butler (28), and Dan Runzler (29) off their reserved list. Source: Sanspo 11/29/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines kept Alfredo Despaigne (28) on their reserved list as a sign to show how much they want him to return next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014

The Eagles and Kazuo Matsui (39) agreed to a new two-year deal. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014

One of the reasons why the Yokohama Bay Stars decided not to exercise Tony Blanco's (34) option may have had something to do with his weight and three hamstring injuries this year. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014 ... The Orix Buffaloes could be the front runners to land Blanco. They could be preparing a two-year deal worth about 400 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014

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[11/28/2014] Rumors: Norihiro Nakamura, Wily Mo Pena, Jose Lopez

by on Nov.29, 2014 @ 2:57 am, under NPB
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Yokohama senryokugai Norihiro Nakamura (41) has not given up on playing in 2015. Source: Daily Sports 11/28/2014 ... "I'm not really thinking about skipping a year so I will have to make a decision when the time comes. Right now, I just want to play baseball next year," said Nakamura. Source: Sponichi 11/28/2014

The Hanshin Tigers could be in the market for two more foreign players (a pitcher and position). They are looking for insurance in case one or more of their main foreign players gets hurt or goes through a rough patch. Source: Daily Sports 11/28/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are planning to release Andruw Jones and Brian Falkenborg by leaving them off their reserved list because they are considering other options. If things do not pan out, they could try to re-sign one or both of the players. Source: Sponichi 11/28/2014

The Eagles are interested in Wily Mo Pena (32) and could offer him a multi-year deal. Source: Sports Hochi 11/28/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars are planning to leave Tony Blanco and Enyelbert Soto off their reserved list. The Bay Stars hold options for the 2015 season, but are not expected to exercise them. Yokohama is interested in Jose Lopez. Source: Sponichi 11/28/2014

Chunichi senryokugai Sang-Hoon Song (21) is planning to play for the Shinba baseball club (Industrial League Club Team). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/28/2014

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[9/8/2013] Injury Updates: Morgan, Nakamura (YOK)

by on Sep.08, 2013 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

Nyjer Morgan sat out tonight's game against the Hiroshima Carp and was sent to the hospital for an evaluation because he was not feeling well.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 9/8/2013

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Norihiro Nakamura did not play in Saturday's game against the Hiroshima Carp because he took a batted ball off his left forearm during pre-game fielding practice.  He did not go to the hospital.  Yokohama believes he will be good to return within a day or two.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/7/2013

Nakamura was back in the starting line-up tonight at third.

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[8/25/2013] Injury Updates: Hayashi, Fujii, Nakamura (YOK), Otani (HAM), Yanagita (SOF), Furuya (LOT)

by on Aug.25, 2013 @ 7:05 pm, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

Masanori Hayashi and Shugo Fujii were taken off the active roster today -- Fujii started Saturday's game against Yomiuri and left after throwing just seventeen pitches with discomfort in his left elbow; Hayashi entered the game in relief in the 9th and was removed with tightness in his back.

Norihiro Nakamura was left out of the starting line-up on Saturday with tightness in his back.  He returned to the starting line-up today.

Source: Sponichi 8/25/2013, Daily Sports 8/25/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Shohei Otani tore some skin on his right middle finger during his last start on the 23rd against the Orix Buffaloes.  He had the finger taped before Saturday's game and told reporters he was fine.

Source: Sanspo 8/25/2013, Sponichi 8/25/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks are using Yuki Yanagita as a DH because his right shoulder is not yet fully healed.

Source: Daily Sports 8/25/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Takuya Furuya started a game against Rakuten on Saturday and was pulled after giving up three runs over three innings.  He later complained of tightness in his left shoulder.  He was taken off the active roster today.  He will have the shoulder examined on Monday.  The team does not think the condition is serious.

Source: Sponichi 8/25/2013

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[8/19/2013] Injury Updates: Yamauchi, Doala (CHU), Enokida (HAN), Nakamura (YOK), Pena (SOF)

by on Aug.19, 2013 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

The media learned that Soma Yamauchi will have surgery to remove loose cartilage from his right elbow.  His season is likely over.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/19/2013

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Doala suffered a fracture in his left middle finger while working out on the 16th.  He underwent surgery earlier today.  He will not be able to do any back-flips for about five weeks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/19/2013, Daily Sports 8/19/2013, Sponichi 8/19/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Daiki Enokida tossed situational batting practice at Naruohama on Sunday.  He faced six batters, threw twenty-four pitches, recorded three strikeouts, and gave up two could-be hits.  He is slated to throw about four innings in a Ni-gun rehab game against Chunichi on the 21st.  Assuming no problems, he could return to the active roster on the 28th.

Source: Sanspo 8/19/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Norihiro Nakamura missed Sunday's game because he tweaked his back during pre-game batting practice.  He should be ok to play on Tuesday.

Source: Sanspo 8/19/2013

Softbank Hawks

Wily Mo Pena (right knee) is scheduled to return to Japan on the 20th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/19/2013

[8/4/2013] Injury Updates: Nakai (YOM), Tanishige (CHU), Milledge, Roman (YAK), Fujii (HAN), Nakamura (YOK), Hayasaka (LOT)

by on Aug.04, 2013 @ 11:40 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Daisuke Nakai attempted to make a diving catch on a pop fly hit by Takahiro Arai in the 1st inning.  He was removed from the game on defense in the 2nd inning because of pain in his left knee.  He was taken to the hospital during the game and diagnosed with a ligament injury.  He will be taken off the active roster on Monday.

Source: Daily Sports 8/4/2013, Sponichi 8/4/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Motonobu Tanishige was able to play in today's game against Yokohama despite a bruise he suffered on his right hand on Saturday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/4/2013

Yakult Swallows

Lastings Milledge fouled a ball of his left leg during his at bat in 4th inning of tonight's game against the Hiroshima Carp.  He was later removed from the game on defense in the 5th.

Orlando Roman was pulled from tonight's game against Hiroshima after he hurt his left calf while running to cover first base in the 5th inning.  He will most likely be taken off the active roster on Monday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/4/2013, Nikkan Sports 8/4/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Akihito Fujii was left out of the starting line-up today against the Yomiuri Giants.    Fujii was taken out of a game against Yokohama on July 28 after he started feeling discomfort in his left hamstring. 

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/4/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Norihiro Nakamura was replaced by a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 5th after he took an HBP off his right hand.  He was examined at a hospital and diagnosed with a bruise.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/4/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Keisuke Hayasaka was replaced by a pinch-runner after he felt discomfort in his right hamstring while running out a grounder to second (force) in the 4th inning.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/4/2013

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[7/6/2013] Injury Updates: Luna (CHU), Hidaka, Fukudome (HAN), Nakamura (YOK)

by on Jul.06, 2013 @ 11:44 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Hector Luna felt discomfort in his left knee when he grounded out to third during his at bat in the 2nd inning of today's game against the Yakult Swallows.  Luna first started feeling some pain in his knee about a week ago.  He was removed from the game on defense in the 3rd inning as a precaution.  The team trainer told reporters that there was no swelling and no need for him to go to the hospital.  Luna said he hoped to return to the line-up in time for the Hanshin series that begins on the 9th.

Source: Daily Sports 7/6/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Takeshi Hidaka collided into Ryota Arai while chasing after a fly ball hit into foul territory on the third base side by Fred Lewis in the 6th inning of today's game against the Hiroshima Carp.  He was removed from the game after the play.  A concerned Yutaka Wada spoke to reporters after the game and said Hidaka hurt his left knee.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 7/6/2013

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Kosuke Fukudome took basic fielding practice in the outfield area at Naruohama on Friday for the first time since he had surgery on his left knee -- balls were hit from foul territory on the first base side by Ni-gun batting coach Hiroshi Yagi toward center field.  He also took some outdoor batting practice (second time since the surgery): fifty-eight swings, one over the fence.

Source: Daily Sports 7/6/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Norihiro Nakamura took an HBP off his helmet in the 9th inning of tonight's game against the Yomiuri Giants.  It took him a while to get up, but he remained in the game.  He was replaced by a pinch-runner after he ran to third on a double hit by Sho Aranami.

Nakamura told reporters after the game he felt fine.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/6/2013

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