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[11/25/2014] Orix Buffaloes: Chihiro Kaneko will likely have surgery to clean right elbow

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 11:20 pm, under NPB
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Chihiro Kaneko (31) told reporters earlier today that he was going to have surgery to clean his right elbow.

"They found a small piece of loose cartilage. It isn't in a complicated spot, but I have a chance at a quicker recovery if I have the procedure done sooner rather than later," said Kaneko.

Kaneko was examined at a hospital earlier today and is planning to get a second opinion on the 28th. Assuming he gets the same recommendation, he could have the procedure in late-November. If he goes under the knife, it will be his second elbow cleaning.

Kaneko's interaction with the media:

Why are you not going to ask to be posted?

I wanted to hear what MLB teams had to say by posting, but domestic teams showed a lot of interest so I decided to give it my best in Japan. I felt strongly about it and made the decision on the 21st.

What about the surgery?

It shouldn't be a complicated procedure. It came down to being the sooner I have the surgery, the quicker I can recover.

You also had your elbowed cleaned in 2011. How was that?

I have already had this procedure done before, so honestly, I'm not that worried. You could say that the early detection will allow me to get the surgery and rehab done, which means I'll be in better condition to pitch and I'll be able to show what I'm capable of when healthy.

What are your plans moving forward?

I'd like to hear what other domestic teams can offer and hopefully I'll be able to give an update.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/25/2014, Sponichi 11/25/2014, Daily Sports 11/25/2014

[11/24/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Alfredo Despaigne, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers have made the best offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) so far, according to people close to the situation. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

Leslie Anderson, Frederich Cepeda, Scott Mathieson, and Hector Mendoza will most likely return to the Yomiuri Giants next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014

Ryosuke Hirata (26) is not planning to accept the Chunichi Dragons' terms for 2015 until he is fully satisfied he is getting paid his fair share, even if it means negotiations run into next year. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines would like Alfredo Despaigne (28) to return to their team next year. They are planning to offer a salary of about 200 million yen plus permissions to skip spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014

The Softbank Hawks may be close to announcing an agreement with Daisuke Matsuzaka (34). Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Eiichi Koyano heading to the Orix Buffaloes, the Seibu Lions will most likely check the overseas market for third basemen, in addition to a starting pitcher. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are interested in Tony Blanco (34). Source: Sanspo 11/24/2014

[11/24/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 12:50 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte senryokugai Takumi Kobe (29) has decided to retire. He attended the first twelve-team tryout on the 9th, but did not receive any offers. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks held a retirement ceremony for Shintaro Ejiri (37) during fan appreciation day on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014
  • About 350,000 people gathered along the 2.5 kilometer stretch of road covered by the Hawks' championship parade on Monday. Source: ZakZak 11/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a retirement ceremony for Masafumi Hirai (39) during fan appreciation day on Monday. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is slated to meet with the Fighters for contract negotiations on December 5. He made an estimated thirty million yen this season and could see his salary jump to 100 million yen based on his accomplishments. If he signs for 100 million yen, he will join Daisuke Matsuzaka as the only players out of high school to reach the mark in their third year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014 ... Hideki Kuriyama would like to see Otani become a mix of Hideki Matsui and Nolan Ryan. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014, Daily Sports 11/24/2014
  • Hidekazu Kawano's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,950 grams, at 7:10pm on the 22nd.

[11/24/2014] Chihiro Kaneko not planning to ask Orix to post him this off-season

by on Nov.24, 2014 @ 10:04 pm, under NPB
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Chihiro Kaneko (31) spoke to reporters after fan appreciation day at Kyocera Dome earlier today and said he was not planning to ask the Orix Buffaloes to post him this off-season (he already informed the organization). He did not deny an interest in playing in the Majors and added that things could change after the 2015 season if his desire to head overseas grows.

Kaneko's choices now are to either re-sign with the Orix Buffaloes or sign with another NPB team.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014, Sports Hochi 11/24/2014, Sponichi 11/24/2014Daily Sports 11/24/2014

[UPDATE 11/25 @ 12:47am]

Kaneko did not give a reason for why he decided not to ask Orix to post him this off-season. It is possible he was satisfied with Orix's latest offer. The organization could have also agreed to consider posting him after a year based on performance. If Kaneko decides to leave, it could be that he wanted to try his luck with another team.

Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

The notes below are what I was planning to post he announced that he was not going to ask Orix to post him. Some of the information is still pertinent.

Chihiro Kaneko

  • The Orix Buffaloes may have offered Kaneko a deal that was better than three-years at 1.5 billion yen during their meeting with his agent on the 21st. Negotiations lasted about four hours. The Buffaloes came away from the meeting feeling somewhat positive. Orix may have offered Kaneko a three-year deal at one billion yen during negotiations that took place during the season. They met him three times after the season (before he exercised his option) and pushed their offer up to three years at 1.5 billion yen. Negotiations on the 21st was the first they had with Kaneko's new agent. They likely made two offers: a one-year deal at over five million yen and a three-year offer at over 1.5 billion yen. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014, Daily Sports 11/24/2014 ... The Buffaloes could be willing to do a one-year deal with the possibility of posting after the 2015 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014 ... The Buffaloes may have upped their offer from three years at 1.2 billion to four years at 1.6 billion yen. Source: Sanspo 11/24/2014
  • The Hanshin Tigers could be willing to pay at least 500 million yen a season to sign Kaneko. They may also be willing to consider posting him after his second year. They might keep his base salary low the first year, close to the 200 million he made this season, and pad it with enough incentives to push it to 500 million. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

[11/23/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.24, 2014 @ 5:28 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hisashi Iwakuma was a guest at fan appreciation day on Sunday. He presented Toshiya Nakashima (34) with flowers as part of his retirement ceremony. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Takeda got tips on how to throw the sinker from Orix's Chihiro Kaneko during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Shuichi Furukawa and Satoshi Oyama will try dropping their arm angles to see if they can find better success by throwing from the side. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata promised to give Shohei Otani a special prize if he won twelve games this season. Otani ended the season with eleven victories. Nakata raised the bar for 2014 and put the total at fifteen. Source: Daily Sports 11/23/2014 ... Nakata also made promises with Naoyuki Uwasawa (wallet) and Yuya Taniguchi (necklace). Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014
  • The 2014 draft class will most likely be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014

[11/22/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Bryan Bullington, Yohei Oshima

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 4:16 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers likely sweetened their package to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) by adding a fourth year to their three-year offer and the uniform number six. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Yomiuri Giants are close to finalizing contracts with Miles Mikolas (26) and Aaron Poreda (28). The only thing remaining is a standard drug test. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Toyama Thunderbirds (BC League) are interested in Yokohama senryokugai Takuro Ito (21). Toyama will most likely make a move on Ito if he does not receive any offers from NPB teams. Source: Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

Shugo Fujii (37) has received some player contract offers (independent league and overseas leagues), but none from the NPB. He has also received an offer to become a batting practice pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Seibu Lions are currently checking the overseas market for starting arms. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Softbank Hawks announced that they re-signed Daichiro Ito (21), Takeshi Hosoyamada (28), Naoki Shirane (21) and Koki Kanno (22) to Ikusei contracts. They also signed Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata (20) to an Ikusei contract. He was assigned the number 137. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014, Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

The Orix Buffaloes may be close to finalizing a contract with Bryan Bullington (34). An announcement could be made once Hiroshima removes him from their reserved list. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Buffaloes' official Ryuzo Setoyama told reporters on Friday that they made a formal offer for Wily Mo Pena (32) about five days go. It was their first official offer. Source: Daily Sports 11/22/2014

Yohei Oshima was offered an estimated seventy-four million yen during contract negotiations with Chunichi on Saturday. He placed the offer on hold because he felt his performance this season was worth more than a 17.75 million yen raise, especially after he was penalized with a 56.25 million yen salary cut last year. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014 ... Ryosuke Hirata also decided not to sign after he was offered a twelve million yen raise. He felt his performance warranted a bigger raise. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

[11/14/2014] Rumors: Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Seibu Lions

by on Nov.15, 2014 @ 2:33 am, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants held a press conference on Friday to announce their addition of Chunichi senryokugai Daiki Yoshikawa (22). He was assigned the number sixty-eight. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014 ... Yoshikawa agreed to a deal worth an estimated 5.5 million yen. He is slated to join fall camp at Giants Stadium on Saturday (11/15). Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014

The Giants are planning to give Chunichi senryokugai Takehiro Donoue (29) a tryout. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

The Giants are not planning to offer Jose Lopez (30) a contract for the 2015 season. Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014

Hanshin's Seung-Hwan Oh (32) does not see the NPB as the endpoint of his career. He believes he should head to the Majors if such a path becomes available to him after pitching well next season. Oh will be in the final year of a two-year deal next year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/14/2014, Sponichi 11/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

Orix senryokugai Tomoya Yagi joined Chunichi fall camp on Thursday. He is scheduled to practice with the team until the end of camp on the 20th. He is expected to sign a contract with Chunichi within the next few days. Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014

The Rakuten Eagles signed Hiroshima senryokugai Tomohiro Umetsu (31) to an Ikusei contract. Source: official announcement ... Umetsu agreed to a deal worth an estimated six million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

The Seibu Lions are expected to reach out of Hiroyuki Nakajima a second time to resume contract negotiations. Their initial offer may have been four years at over one billion yen. Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2014 ... According to ZakZak, Nakajima wants to play in the United States next year, even if it means signing a minor league deal and starting the season at Double-A. Source: ZakZak 11/14/2014 ... The Lions may have offered Nakajima a four-year deal worth an estimated 1.2 billion yen, or about 280 million yen plus incentives per season. The Tigers may be decided to extend their initial three-year proposal to four years. Source: Sanspo 11/14/2014

The Orix Buffaloes announced that signed Chunichi senryokugai Daisuke Tanaka (29). Source: official announcement

[11/12/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Nov.13, 2014 @ 5:03 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Agustin Murillo (32) played in an intra-squad game on Wednesday. He got the start at third and batted fifth for the Reds. He recorded two hits (solo home run in his first at bat in the 2nd and a two-run hit in his at bat in the 5th), three RBI, and a stolen base. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2014
  • Hiromoto Okubo likes the potential Alejandro Segovia (24) has as a catcher (strong arm) and is not too concerned about the language barrier. Source: Sports Hochi 11/12/2014
  • Team president Yozo Tachibana is planning to attend the winter meetings in the United States. Source: Sponichi 11/12/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Mitsugu Ishikawa (23) is planning to file marriage papers with a twenty-three-year-old woman on January 16, 2015. Source: Sponichi 11/12/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines could give Chih-Sheng Lin (32) a tryout during fall camp on the 16th and 17th. Source: Sponichi 11/12/2014
  • Former Ichi-gun battery coach Takeshi Nakamura is expected to take a job as Ichi-gun battery coach with the KIA Tigers (KBO). Source: Sponichi 11/12/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a press conference to introduce Hirokazu Shiranita on Monday. Source: official announcement

[11/9/2014] Rumors: Orix Buffaloes, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Nov.10, 2014 @ 4:55 am, under NPB
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Eiichi Koyano (34) is expected to make an official announcement about his FA option on the 11th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014

The Orix Buffaloes and Seibu Lions are interested in veteran Eiichi Koyano (34). Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2014, Sports Hochi 11/9/2014

The Buffaloes are also interested in Keiji Obiki (30). Kila Ka'aihue (30) is no longer on their radar, but other foreign players with NPB experience, like Tony Blanco (33), are. Obiki may be their top priority. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Yokohama senryokugai Hitoshi Fujie (28) and Seibu senryokugai Koji Yamasaki (33). Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines liked what they saw out of Shun Tono during twelve-team tryouts on Sunday. There were five or six pitchers that drew their attention. They could go after a pitcher. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

Kentaro Nishimura and Yoshiyuki Kamei told reporters on Sunday that they are not planning to exercise their FA options. Source: Sponichi 11/9/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are interested in Yokohama senryokugai Travis Mikihisa Samura (21). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2014