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[10/21/2014] Rumors: Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte), Alfredo Despaigne

by on Oct.22, 2014 @ 2:55 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers could be shifting their attention to Yoshihisa Naruse because they believe their chances of landing Chihiro Kaneko are slim to none (Kaneko could end up staying with Orix, or could exercise his FA option, but may not have any interest in Hanshin). Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are planning to offer Kei Igawa a contract for the 2015 season. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014

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Alfredo Despaigne

  • Lotte official Nobuhira Hayashi flew to Cuba a few days ago to begin discussions for the 2015 season
  • Despaigne is interested in returning to Lotte next year
  • A number of NPB teams are looking into Despaigne, including the Yomiuri Giants and Orix Buffaloes

Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014

[10/20/2014] Free Agents and Rumors: Chun-Lin Kuo, Wily Mo Pena (Orix)

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 10:06 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko told reporters that he had not thought about his FA option yet. He was more concerned about representing Japan at the Suzuki MLB All-Star Series in November. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014 ... The Buffaloes are willing to do their best to match whatever requests Kaneko might have. Source: Sports Hochi 10/21/2014
  • The Buffaloes are planning to offer Yoshitomo Tani a contract for the 2015 season. Tani is seventy-seven hits away from 2,000. The organization is ready to begin negotiations with Kaneko, Yoshihisa Hirano, Takahiro Mahara, and Tomotaka Sakaguchi. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014 ... The Buffaloes are okay with the four players exercising their FA options before deciding to stay. They also plan to be as flexible as possible with regards to requests they might have. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014, Sponichi 10/21/2014
  • Team official Ryuzo Setoyama on how negotiations are going with Wily Mo Pena: "They're seeking a contract for a top-level foreign player, but Pena did not really perform to expectations beginning in September. I think negotiations will not go the way they'd like them to go." Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014 ... Pena could be seeking a multi-year deal worth over 200 million yen a year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Luis Mendoza and Michael Crotta will most likely return next year. Juan Miranda is a question mark. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014 ... Nippon Ham will reportedly part ways with Miranda and Anthony Carter. Mendoza is in the middle of a two-year deal and the Fighters hold an option on Crotta for the 2015 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014
  • Nippon Ham would like Naoki Miyanishi to stay and might be willing to go three years on a contract depending on negotiations. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014 ... Miyanishi thinks staying with the Fighters might be his best option, but is fifty-fifty on the decision. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014
  • Kensuke Tanaka is on the radar. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014

[10/19/2014] Rumors: Jose Lopez, Chris Seddon (Yomiuri), Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi)

by on Oct.20, 2014 @ 6:23 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Jose Lopez and Scott Mathieson left Japan on the 19th. Lopez is a question mark for next season. He is interested in returning. Mathieson will be in the second year of a two-year deal in 2015. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Leslie Anderson might require left elbow surgery during the winter. There is a good chance the Giants will ask him back. Frederich Cepeda will most likely return. The Giants are expected to part ways with Chris Seddon. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei and Kentaro Nishimura both earned domestic FA options this year. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • The Giants are planning to look into Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2014 ... The Giants will be keeping an eye on Yulieski Gourriel and Alfredo Despaigne. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014 ... The Giants are not planning to offer Cepeda a contract for 2015 and are looking into Hiroyuki Nakajima. Source: Sanspo 10/19/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ni-gun manager Katsuo Hirata could be reassigned to Ichi-gun head coach. Ni-gun chief/hitting coach Hideo Furuya could take over as Ni-gun manager. Ichi-gun general coach Haruki Yoshitake could join the front office. Source: Sanspo 10/19/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi and Shogo Kimura earned their domestic FA options this year. They are expected to meet team officials on the 20th to discuss their options. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Kenta Maeda has not given up on his dream to play in the Majors and would like to head overseas sooner rather than later. This winter may not be in the cards. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai on his FA option: "There was a time when I wanted to know what kind of interest other teams had in me, but not anymore. More than that, I learned that I have a really strong bond with this team (Chunichi)." Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata would like to see Yulieski Gourriel return to the Bay Stars next season. Nakahata plans to work him harder if he does. "I treated him like a guest this year, things will be different next year. He doesn't really seem interested in defense. He doesn't like practicing, but he will have to if he does not want to become a distraction. I'll sit down and talk to him about it [if he comes back]." Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows would like Hiroyasu Tanaka and Ryoji Aikawa to return in 2015. They are expected to begin negotiations with the two players soon. Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2014

Rakuten Eagles

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are putting together a list of foreign player candidates in case negotiations with Wily Mo Pena fall through. Kila Ka'aihue is one of the candidates on the list. There may be other players with NPB experience on the list. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

[10/18/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi), Wily Mo Pena (Orix), Kila Ka’aihue (Hiroshima)

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 3:23 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • The media learned Kila Ka'aihue will not be returning to Hiroshima next year. There is a good chance Zach Phillips will be offered a contract. Bryan Bullington was offered a contract, but Kam Mickolio is still a question mark. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai is expected to inform the Dragons of his decision when the two sides get together for their second meeting. He does not appear interested in testing the free agent market. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014 ... Yamai has not made a decision yet and could still exercise his FA option. He hopes to finalize his plans during his second meeting. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014 ... According to a Sanspo report, Yamai may have been offered a multi-year deal worth over 100 million yen. Source: Sanspo 10/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines have given Yoshihisa Naruse permission to skip fall practices and spend time away from the team to think about what he wants to do with his FA option. He could meet with team officials again early next week. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Wily Mo Pena left Japan out of Osaka Airport on Saturday. Before leaving, he told reporters he was disappointed the Buffaloes finished in second and wanted to do more to help the team next year, if given the chance. He also said he was not looking for anything specific in his contract and would rather return to Orix next year if possible. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014 ... Pena told reporters he still felt pain in his right pectoralis major and planned to have it examined on the Monday after he returned to the United States. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014 ... Pena is seeking a mult-year deal. Orix is thinking more along the lines of a one-year contract. Source: Sports Hochi 10/18/2014
  • The Buffaloes are interested in the KBO's Won-Kun Chang. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

[10/17/2014] Rumors: Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte), Chichiro Kaneko (Orix), Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi)

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:39 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers may have shifted their attention to Chihiro Kaneko and Naoki Miyanishi, now that there is a chance Daisuke Yamai might not become available. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai might end up remaining with the Dragons. He feels strongly about staying and was offered a contract that was close to what he was hoping for. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yoshihisa Naruse met with management for about an hour on the 15th. It was their first meeting. He may have been offered a one-year deal with a drop in salary. Said Naruse, "Honestly, there was a bit of a gap in between our interests. It seems they didn't really take my eleven years with the team into serious consideration... I was surprised and it made me sad." The two side are scheduled to meet again sometime on or after the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2014, Sports Hochi 10/17/2014, Sponichi 10/17/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are planning to begin contract negotiations for potential free agents Chihiro Kaneko, Yoshihisa Hirano, Takahiro Mahara, and Tomotaka Sakaguchi within the next few days. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

[10/17/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:27 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is planning to schedule intra-squad games during fall camp in November. He also does not plan to give players any days off, though will include light workout days. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2014, Daily Sports 10/17/2014 ... Okubo could schedule five or more intra-squad games during fall camp. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014
  • Yasunori Kikuchi wants to increase the number of useable pitches in his repertoire. He throws a fastball, slider, and fork. He would like to polish his curve and change to a point where he can throw them in games. His goal is to win a spot in the opening day starting rotation and keep it over the course of a whole season. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2014
  • Fan appreciation day will take place on November 23 at kobo Stadium. Additional details will be released at the official team web site as they become available. Source: official announcement ... The Eagles will also hold mini-meetups at six Tohoku locations (Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi, and Fukushima) on November 24. Source: official announcement

Orix Buffaloes

  • Joey Butler left Japan out of Narita Airport. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2014
  • Esteban German will take a short break in New York before participating in the winter league in the Dominican Republic. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014
  • Ni-gun hitting coach Hirotoshi Kitagawa will be reassigned to Project Manager in the Planning Division, effective November 1. His new job will require more direct interaction with fans for promotional purposes. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

[10/16/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi), Motohiro Shima (Rakuten), Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte)

by on Oct.17, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The media learned that Daisuke Yamai met general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai at the Nagoya Stadium facilities on the first day of fall practices on the 9th. He was reportedly offered a multi-year deal with a large bump in salary. Yamai asked for some time to consider the offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Motohiro Shima apparently has a clause in his contract that gives him the right to exercise his FA option if he plays in a certain number of games. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/16/2014
  • Team owner Hiroshi Mikitani could get involved in talks with Senichi Hoshino. The Eagles would like to offer their former manager some sort of position in the front office, but Hoshino is balking because of how long it took management to hire his replacement. Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Ginjiro Sumitani was fitted for his 2015 uniform on Thursday. He is still waiting to talk to the front office about next season. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Team official Nobuhira Hayashi told reporters on Thursday that the organization met with Yoshihisa Naruse to discuss his future. Nothing was decided during the meeting. The two sides will meet again in about ten days. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Hiroki Kokubo signed a contract to be Samurai Japan manager through to 2017. However, he can break out of it to accept a managerial position in the NPB. Source: ZakZak 10/16/2014 ... Sadaharu Oh would like to see a former player step in as the next manager. Kimiyasu Kudo could be his top choice. Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2014, Sports Hochi 10/16/2014 ... Oh told reporters on Thursday he met Kudo in Tokyo on Wednesday for an unrelated matter. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2014 ... Sponichi believes that Oh may have offered the managerial position to Kudo on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are not planning to post Yoshio Itoi. "I have not heard anything about it from him and my assistant Shosaku Yokota has said nothing about it either. I know it's something he wants to do. I hear he is also studying English. But it is not something we expected and he is an important part of our team. He's only been here two years. We haven't even won anything. It's still too early," said team president Ryuzo Setoyama. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/16/2014
  • Orix is interested in Alfredo Despaigne and Yulieski Gourriel. Source: Sports Hochi 10/16/2014

[10/16/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.17, 2014 @ 2:36 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo's four step plan: Plan, Do, Check, and Act. Rinse and repeat. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014 ... Okubo wants players to write a three-line jounal entry about their practices every day: one line about something good, one line about something bad, one line about what to work on the following day. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2014 ... Players might be subjected to a barrage of 1,000 grounders during fall camp. Source: Sports Hochi 10/16/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hitting coach Takashi Osanai and battery coach Kenji Furukubo will not be returning next year. The Buffaloes accepted their decision to leave. Source: official announcement
  • The Buffaloes announced that they added Shinichi Sato and Daisuke Maeda to their coaching staff. They will be replacing Osanai and Furukubo -- Sato will be a hitting coach and Maeda a battery coach. Source: official announcement

[10/15/2014] Rumors: Ginjiro Sumitani (Seibu), Chihiro Kaneko and Yoshihisa Hirano (Orix)

by on Oct.16, 2014 @ 1:32 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to meet Ginjiro Sumitani some time before the start of fall camp on November 6. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes could be preparing to offer Chihiro Kaneko a three-year deal worth as much as 1.5 billion yen (includes all performance bonuses). They may also offer Yoshihisa Hirano a three-year deal worth a maximum 1.2 billion yen (includes all performance bonuses). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014 ... Sanspo feels the deals for Kaneko and Hirano will be three years worth a base 1.2 billion yen and a total 1.0 billion yen, respectively. Source: Sanspo 10/15/2014
  • Yoshio Itoi is expected to approach management about the possibilty of posting him to the Majors during the off-seson. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • The Buffaloes have an interest in possible free agents Naoki Miyanishi (29) and Masanori Hayashi (31). Source: Sports Hochi 10/15/2014 ... They may also be interested in Kila Ka'aihue. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/15/2014

[10/15/2014] Seibu Lions, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.16, 2014 @ 1:25 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Norio Tanabe visited Seibu Tetsudo headquarters in Tokorozawa, Saitama on Wednesday to provide team owner Takashi Goto with his report on the past season. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014 ... Tanabe will be in Miyazaki for four days, beginning on the 16th, checking on players participating in the Phoenix League. Source: Sanspo 10/15/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Players have off until the 26th. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • Pitching prospects that can contribute right away will be the team's focus during the draft, especially since Chihiro Kaneko's fate is unknown. They may also check on pitching talent in Cuba. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2014
  • Esteban German and Brandon Dickson will leave Japan on the 16th. Both players are in the middle of two-year deals and will be back next year. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • All Ichi-gun coaches will most likely return next season. An announcement is expected within the next few days. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • Shunta recorded a first-pitch lead-off home run during Tuesday's First Stage game against the Nippon Ham Fighters and became the seventh player to hit a lead-off home run during a Playoff/Climax Series game, first since Tsuyoshi Nishioka on October 13, 2013 (Central League First Stage, Game 2); the second player in franchise history to hit a lead-off home run during the Playoffs/Climax Series, first since Yutaka Fukumoto on October 19, 1973 (Pacific League Playoff, Game 1); the second player in Playoff/Climax Series history to hit a lead-off home run on the first pitch, first since Takumi Kuriyama on October 8, 2005 (Pacific League Playoff, Game 1). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014