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[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

[11/7/2014] Rumors: Hanshin, Hiroshima, Yakult, Softbank Orix

by on Nov.08, 2014 @ 4:06 am, under NPB
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Hiroyuki Nakajima

  • The Seibu Lions have spoken to Nakajima over the phone. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014 ... Team official Haruhiko Suzuki spoke to Nakajima over the phone for about twenty minutes. He may have offered the former Lion at least three years, an everyday spot at third base batting third, and the uniform number three. He may have also asked him to reach 2,000 hits while in a Seibu uniform. Nakajima is still interested in playing in the United States. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014 ... Nakajima may have been offered a three year deal worth over 800 million yen, the every day job at third batting third, the uniform number three, and a plan until retirement. The Lions are not interested in getting into a bidding war. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014
  • The Lions are the only NPB team that can negotiate with Nakajima without having to worry about compensation. The Tigers may opt to wait until December to avoid the compensation penalty. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014

Yoshihisa Naruse

Keiji Obiki

  • Obiki on why he decided to exercise his FA option: "The front office tried really hard to get me to stay, but the coaches never said anything to me about next year. It would have been nice to talk to Hideki Kuriyama once..." Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014, Sports Hochi 11/7/2014

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Hanshin Tigers

Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi (34) told reporters on Thursday that he still wanted more time to think about his options and that he would most likely speak to the Carp at least one more time. He does not want to have any regrets. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Yakult Swallows are looking into Kam Mickolio (30), in addition to Keiji Obiki and Yoshihisa Naruse. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

[11/7/2014] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.08, 2014 @ 3:57 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Yuki Yoshimura was re-examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on Thursday and diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left ring finger. He suffered the injury when he slid head-first into first base during Game 5 of the Nippon Series. The finger will need two to three weeks of rest. He will not participate in Miyazaki fall camp and will instead rehab at the Saitozaki facilities. He will also withdraw from the Samurai Japan vs Softbank-Nippon Ham game. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Ichiro Suzuki and Munenori Kawasaki worked out at Hoto Motto Kobe on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 11/7/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani and Sho Nakata ended their fall camp in Okinawa on Friday. They will join the Samurai Japan team in Fukuoka on Saturday. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014
  • Yuki Saito pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Friday. He faced five hitters, threw nineteen pitches, and did not allow any could-be hits. He did hit Go Matsumoto. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014
  • Takumi Oshima went 1-for-1 (SF8, 1B9) during a batting practice scrimmage on Thursday. Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2014

[11/7/2014] Player Trade: Hanshin sends H. Shiranita to Orix for K. Kuwahara

by on Nov.07, 2014 @ 8:47 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers and Orix Buffaloes announced that they finalized a one-for-one trade on Friday. Hanshin will send Hirokazu Shiranita (29) to Orix for Kentaro Kuwahara (29).

Source: official announcement (Hanshin), official announced (Orix)

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[11/5/2014] Rakuten, Seibu, Lotte, Softbank, Orix, Nippon Ham

by on Nov.06, 2014 @ 5:32 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Lucas Irvine (25) and Pete Parise (29) are each scheduled to pitch an inning during an intra-squad game on the 7th. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2014
  • Shinichiro Koyama, Koji Aoyama, Keiji Uezono, and Satoshi Nagai took extra fielding practice on Tuesday. They had to chase after a barrage of baseballs for about thirty minutes. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Hideto Asamura had his left shoulder cleaned out at a hospital in Chiba on Thursday. He will not attend fall camp in Miyazaki and will instead rehab in Tokorozawa. He should be fine for spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014, Sponichi 11/5/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo may not be able to check on fall practices at YafuOku Dome because of his schedule (graduate school courses). Head coach Hiroshi Ogawa will take care of things while Kudo is unavailable. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko threw about sixty pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday. It was his second session with an MLB baseball. Said Kaneko about the MLB baseball, "It isn't easy to throw. I haven't thrown it with hitters, so I don't know how things will go." Source: Sanspo 11/5/2014
  • Takuya Hara had surgery to clean out his right ankle. He will require about two months for a full recovery. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014
  • Former Orix battery coach Kenji Furukubo (50) has joined the Hanwha Eagles' staff as a coach. Source: Blog 11/5/2014, Daily Sports 11/5/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani threw 103 pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. He used the last twenty or so pitches to practice his change-up. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014 ... Otani took twenty-five swings during live batting practice on Wednesday and hit five over the fence. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014

[11/4/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.05, 2014 @ 3:47 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo could continue use Takero Okajima and Ginji as emergency back-ups catchers next season. Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2014
  • The Eagles are planning to take a look at six foreign players, including Kenny Ray and Jim Heuser, during fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2014 ... Lucas Irvine (25) and Pete Parise (29) are two of the other players getting a tryout. They will have until the 13th. Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2014 ... The other two are position players: Alejandro Segovia (24) and Agustin Murillo (32). Source: Sanspo 11/4/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tsutomu Ito plans to work players hard during fall camp, even at the expense of injury. And even though there are scheduled days off, he expects players to be on the field practicing. Source: Sponichi 11/4/2014
  • Lotte announced that Lamigo Monkey Chih-Sheng Lin will participate in their fall camp from November 7 until November 21. A bullpen coach and trainer will accompany him. Source: official announcement
  • The Marines will be releasing footage taken by a camera strapped to a bullpen catcher's head during a bullpen session tossed by Yuji Nishino to Youtube on November 8. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Jason Standridge left for the United States out of Fukuoka Airport on Monday. Before leaving, he told reporters he did not feel very tired and wanted to pitch a little more next year. He started a lot of games on six days of rest this season and could be looking to go on five days of rest next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2014
  • The Hawks are thinking about offering Yokohama's Ichi-gun equipment manager Yusaku Iriki (42) a job as a pitching coach (possibly Ikusei). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Hiroshi Moriwaki visited Orix headquarters in Tokyo on Tuesday to give owner Yoshihiko Miyauchi a report on the 2014 season. Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani tossed another bullpen session on Tuesday. He threw a lot of change-ups. He did not throw any change-ups during the regular season this year and wanted to see how effective it was with an MLB baseball. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2014
  • Yuki Saito made the Softbank-Nippon Ham mixed team that will be playing a game against Samurai Japan on the 10th. If he gets a chance to pitch, it will likely be in relief. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/4/2014

[11/3/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.04, 2014 @ 12:36 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Jim Heuser (30) will join the Eagles in Kurashiki on Tuesday for a tryout. Daily Sports 11/3/2014
  • Tadashi Ishimine, Rintaro Kitagawa, and Yasuhito Uchida swung at baseballs at a rate of about one every two seconds for sixteen minutes straight on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Kentaro Fukukura, Isamu Sato, Kazuki Miyata, Makoto Aiuchi, and Komei Fujisawa will play winter ball in Australia with the Melbourne Aces. Miyata, Makoto, and Fujisawa will leave on the 4th. Fukukura and Sato will leave on the 24th. Miyata and Fujisawa are scheduled to return to Japan on the 25th. Source: official announcement
  • Hideto Asamura will not attend fall camp because of pain in his left shoulder. He hurt the shoulder while sliding head-first into first during a game agianst Softbank on September 20. He has been examined at a hospital. It could take about two months for a full recovery. Assuming no set backs, he should be fine for spring camp next year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/3/2014 ... Left shoulder surgery is a possibility. Source: Sanspo 11/3/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuki Yoshimura may have to bow out of the Suzuki All-Star Series because of an injury to his left hand. Yoshimura jammed his left middle and ring fingers while sliding head-first into first base during the Nippon Series. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2014 ... Yoshimura was examined at a hospital on the 1st and was told he would require two weeks for a full recovery. Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2014
  • Tetsuya Iida (46) is a candidate for the open Ichi-gun outfield/base coach job. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko tossed a bullpen session on Sunday in preparation for the Suzuki All-Star Series. He threw thirty-one pitches. It was his first session the end of the regular season. He used an MLB baseball. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2014, Sports Hochi 11/3/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ni-gun general coach Takeshi Ito will become a Ni-gun general/pitching coach in 2015. The Fighters are also planning to add Noriyuki Takahashi (43) as a Ni-gun pitching coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2014