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[10/25/2014] Rumors: Yoshihisa Naruse, Ginjiro Sumitani

by on Oct.26, 2014 @ 3:05 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are interested in Ginjiro Sumitani (27) as a potential replacement for Motonobu Tanishige. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles have an interest in Yokohama senryokugai Hitoshi Fujie. Source: Sponichi 10/25/2014

Seibu Lions

  • There is a good chance Ginjiro Sumitani will exercise his FA option, even though he has mentioned his feelings about wanting to stay. Source: Sponichi 10/25/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are looking into Yoshihisa Naruse in case they need to find a replacement for Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2014

Orix Buffaloes Senryokugai – October 25, 2014

by on Oct.25, 2014 @ 11:24 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced that they will not sign the following four players to contract for the 2015 season:

  • Takahashi, Shinji INF (36)
  • Shoji, Ryuji C (27)
  • Fukae, Masato OF (27)
  • Azuma, Hiroaki INF-Ikusei (22)

Takahashi is not ready to retire and is planning to attend the twelve team tryout on November 9. The other three players are undecided.

Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014

[10/24/2014] Rumors: Chihiro Kaneko (Orix), Ginjiro Sumitani (Seibu)

by on Oct.25, 2014 @ 5:28 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Yakult Swallows

  • Team officials met Ryoji Aikawa and Hiroyasu Tanaka at the Jingu clubhouse for contract negotiations on Friday and formally asked them to remain in the organization. Both asked for more time to consider their options. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Ginjiro Sumitani could make a decision on his FA option some time next week. He indicated on Friday that he already spoke to team officials and was planning to decide on what to do with his option after his second meeting. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko is expected to return to Japan in time for fall practices that begins on the 27th. The ace expressed an interest in the Majors before heading to the United States to watch a World Series games. Kaneko earned his domestic FA option this season and is slated to earn his international option next year. The Buffaloes would like Kaneko to return next season, but have not made a final decision on what to do. They are considering all options and will resume deliberations with Kaneko once he returns. Source: Sponichi 10/24/2014, Sports Hochi 10/24/2014 ... If the Buffaloes decide not to post Kaneko, he will most likely remain and hold on to his option. Source: Sanspo 10/24/2014

[10/23/2014] Orix Buffaloes: Chihiro Kaneko has an interest in the MLB (Sponichi)

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 4:41 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Sponichi, Chihiro Kaneko told team official Ryuzo Setoyama that he was interested in the Majors. Kaneko left for the United States on the 22nd to catch the World Series.

"Last year when we were negotiating his contract, I heard about his interest in the Majors. I figured it was only natural considering how a good player he is," said Setoyama.

He added, "We did not talk about posting, nothing came of it. We said we wanted him to help us out one more time."

The Buffaloes are expected to meet Kaneko again once he returns from the US. If he is serious about the Majors, it might make sense for Orix to post him this year, since they would end up losing him for nothing next year.

A number of MLB scouts have been spotted at games Kaneko started this year. Teams include the Phillies, Red Sox, and Padres.

Source: Sponichi 10/23/2014, Sponichi 10/23/2014

[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


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