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[11/30/2015] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on December 6

by on Nov.30, 2015 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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NPB rumor mill for the week ending on December 6.

Highlights

  • Yakult interested in Jake Brigham.
  • Orix close to deal with Scott Copeland; interest in Brian Bogusevic.
  • Gomez to return to Hanshin for at least one more year.
  • Tateyama's signs three-year contract with Yakult.
  • Hanshin fails to secure agreement with Toru Murata.
  • Hiroshima interested in former Dragon Luna.
  • Hiroshima planning to post Maeda.
  • Yokohama will not offer Lourdes Gourriel Jr. a contract for the 2016 season.

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[11/23/2015] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on November 29

by on Nov.23, 2015 @ 11:13 pm, under NPB
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NPB rumor mill for the week ending on November 29.

Highlights

  • Dae-Ho Lee to be represented by Dan Lozano.
  • Ray, Mickolio, and Wheeler to return to Rakuten in 2016.
  • Yokohama senryokugai Atori Ota to sign minor league deal with San Diego Padres.
  • Dragons may be close to finalizing deals with Dayan Viciedo and Jordan Norberto.
  • Hanshin could be close to finalizing a deal with Toru Murata.
  • Maeda meets Carp official, tells him he wants to be posted.
  • Softbank's Matsuda met Padres on November 23.
  • Seibu closing in on a deal with Andy Van Hekken; purchase contract from Nexen Heroes.

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[11/16/2015] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on November 22

by on Nov.16, 2015 @ 2:53 pm, under NPB
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NPB rumor mill for the week ending on November 22.

Highlights:

  • Seibu purchases C.C. Lee's contract from Cleveland Indians
  • Eagles interested in Radhames Liz, Esmil Rogers
  • Kuo, E. Mejia, Vasquez to return to Seibu in 2016
  • Mathieson to pitch another season for Yomiuri
  • Yokohama reaches agreement with former Softbank Shirane and former Yomiuri Kubo
  • Hanshin, Hague closing in on agreement

(last update 11/22 @ 10:08pm)

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[11/9/2015] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on November 15

by on Nov.09, 2015 @ 12:32 pm, under NPB
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NPB player rumor mill for the week ending on November 15.

Highlights:

  • Kurihara (former Hiroshima), Kawamoto (former Lotte), Kim (former Softbank), Yamauchi (former Chunichi) pass tryouts with Rakuten.
  • Hanshin Tigers reach agreement with Fujikawa.
  • Yokohama to part ways with Baldiris.
  • Hiroshima close to reaching an agreement with Jason Pridie.
  • Hiroshima's Shogo Kimura to exercise FA option.
  • Lotte's Imae planning to exercise FA option.
  • Rakuten's Makida not planning to exercise FA option.
  • Softbank's Yoshimura not planning to exercise FA option.
  • Lotte interested in Yamaico Navarro.
  • Chunichi's A. Takahashi planning to exercise domestic FA option.
  • Softbank's Settsu not planning to exercise FA option.

(last update 11/16 @ 2:57pm)

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[11/2/2015] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on November 8

by on Nov.02, 2015 @ 1:41 pm, under NPB
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NPB player rumor mill for the week ending on November 8.

Highlights:

  • Fujii plans to stay with the Dragons
  • Giants sign former Lion Abner Abreu to Ikusei contract
  • Yomiuri's Kamei not planning to exercise FA option
  • Tigers' narrow options down to Hague
  • Hawks planning to make Kawasaki an offer
  • Lotte's Imae still not ready to commit
  • Seibu's Wakiya planning to exercise FA option
  • Softbank's Lee wants to play in the Majors
  • Softbank closing in on a multi-year agreement with reaches agreement with Tsuyoshi Wada
  • Yakult's Hatakeyama not planning to exercise FA option
  • Yakult planning to post Barnette

(last update 11/8 @ 11:53pm)

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[10/26/2015] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on November 1

by on Oct.26, 2015 @ 6:38 pm, under NPB
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NPB player rumor mill for the week ending on November 1.

Highlights:

  • San Diego Padres interested in Softbank's Matsuda.
  • Dae-Ho Lee finished second year of two-year contract and holds an option for 2016.
  • Shohei Tateyama not planning to exercise his FA option.
  • Swallows are interested in pitcher David Huff.
  • Yakult's Hatakeyama and Softbank's Matsuda could exercise their options to test the FA waters.

(last update 11/01 @ 7:49pm)

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[9/29/2015] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on October 4

by on Sep.29, 2015 @ 4:11 pm, under NPB
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Player Rumor Mill (last update 10/4 @ 11:59pm)

Player Team Latest Update
Anderson, Leslie YOM [10/01 @ 4:29am] The Giants are planning to offer Anderson a contract. Source: Sanspo 9/30/2015
Castellanos, Alex YOM [10/01 @ 4:30am] The Giants are still undecided on Castellanos. Source: Sanspo 9/30/2015
Cepeda, Frederich YOM [10/03 @ 7:34pm] The Giants are not planning to offer Cepeda a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2015
Francisco, Juan YOM [10/01 @ 4:28am] The Giants will most likely part ways with Francisco. Source: Sanspo 9/30/2015
Fukuda, Satoshi YOM [10/02 @ 7:19am] Fukuda is currently not a part of the Giants' plans in 2016. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/1/2015
Kubo, Yuya YOM [10/02 @ 7:18am] Kubo is currently not a part of the Giants' plans in 2016. He had problems with injuries for a couple years after the 2011 season and has struggled with consistency more recently. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/1/2015
Mathieson, Scott YOM [10/03 @ 7:37pm] The Giants are planning to offer Mathieson a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2015
Mendoza, Hector YOM [10/03 @ 7:37pm] The Giants are planning to offer Mendoza a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2015
Mikolas, Miles YOM [10/03 @ 7:37pm] The Giants are planning to offer Mikolas a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2015
Nomaguchi, Takahiko YOM [10/02 @ 7:17am] Nomaguchi is currently not a part of the Giants' plans in 2016. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/1/2015
Poreda, Aaron YOM [10/03 @ 7:37pm] The Giants are planning to offer Poreda a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2015
Kato, Kosuke HAN [09/30 @ 8:20am] Kato is not going to be a part of the team's plans in 2016. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2015
Oh, Seung-Hwan HAN [10/01 @ 2:26am] The Tigers are planning to offer Oh a contract, but there is a chance he will sign with an MLB team. Source: Sponichi 9/30/2015
Watanabe, Ryo HAN [09/30 @ 8:19am] The media learned that Watanabe is not a part of the team's plans in 2016. He may have already informed the team of his intention to retire after the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2015
Kurihara, Kenta HIR [09/29 @ 6:37am] Kurihara wants to continue playing next year. He is open to signing with other NPB teams, but is not thinking about playing in an independent league or heading overseas. Source: Daily Sports 9/28/2015
Maeda, Kenta HIR [09/29 @ 2:40pm] The Carp may not be ready to post Maeda after the season the team has had. They may hold on to him for one more year (he is set to earn his international FA option in 2017). Maeda may not take the decision lightly, since he more or less reluctantly accepted the team's decision to keep him this year. Source: ZakZak 9/29/2015
Tamura, Hitoshi YOK [10/02 @ 6:10pm] Tamura was informed of his senryokugai statuson October 1. Source: Daily Sports 10/2/2015 [09/30 @ 12:24am] Tamura is not a part of the team's plans for the 2016 season. He plans to pursue playing opportunities with other teams. Source: Sponichi 9/29/2015
Barnette, Tony YAK [10/04 @ 11:56pm] The Swallows would like to bring Barnette back next year. Source: Sanspo 10/3/2015
Hatakeyama, Kazuhiro YAK [10/04 @ 10:41am] Hatakeyama earned his domestic FA option in April this year. The media learned on October 2 that the Swallows a preparing to offer him a three-year extension. Source: Sponichi 10/3/2015
Hirai, Ryo YAK [10/03 @ 3:08am] The Swallows are planning to release and sign Hirai to an Ikusei contract. Source: Sanspo 10/2/2015
Milledge, Lastings YAK [10/04 @ 11:58pm] The Swallows are planning to sit down the Milledge after the season. Source: Sanspo 10/3/2015
Ondrusek, Logan YAK [10/04 @ 11:55pm] Ondrusek is expected to return next year. Source: Sanspo 10/3/2015
Roman, Orlando YAK [10/04 @ 11:57pm] The Swallows would like to bring Roman back next year. Source: Sanspo 10/3/2015
Sato, Yoshinori YAK [10/02 @ 7:14am] The Swallows are planning to release and sign Yoshinori to an Ikusei contract. He has not pitch in an Ichi-gun game since 2011 and does not want him to feel rushed by keeping him on a regular contract. Source: Sponichi 10/1/2015
Barrios, Edison SOF [10/03 @ 7:32pm] The Hawks like what Barrios accomplished this season. Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2015
Canizares, Barbaro SOF [10/03 @ 7:31pm] The Hawks are planning to offer Canizares a contract for next season. Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2015
Lee, Dae-Ho SOF [10/03 @ 7:29pm] The Hawks will like Lee to return next season. Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2015
Sarfate, Dennis SOF [10/04 @ 7:16pm] Sarfate may have agreed to a three-year extension worth an estimated 1.45 billion yen plus incentives. Source: Sponichi 10/4/2015 [10/03 @ 7:25pm] Sarfate is in the final year of a two-year deal. He is reportedly close to signing a multi-year extension with the Hawks. Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2015
Standridge, Jason SOF [10/03 @ 7:33pm] The Hawks are undecided on Standridge. Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2015
van den Hurk, Rick SOF [10/03 @ 7:30pm] The Hawks will like van den Hurk to return next season. Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2015
Wolfe, Brian SOF [10/03 @ 7:33pm] The Hawks are undecided on Wolfe. Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2015
Bullington, Bryan ORI [10/04 @ 11:52pm] Bullington is still a question mark for 2016. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2015
Caraballo, Francisco ORI [10/04 @ 11:54pm] Caraballo is still a question mark for 2016. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2015
German, Esteban ORI [10/04 @ 11:51pm] There is a good chance German will not be back with the Buffaloes next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2015
Igawa, Kei ORI [09/29 @ 7:09am] The Eagles could be interested in Igawa. If they are, they may be his only option, if he wants to play in the NPB. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/28/2015
Maestri, Alessandro ORI [10/04 @ 11:53pm] Maestri is still a question mark for 2016. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2015
Mahara, Takahiro ORI [09/30 @ 12:21am] Mahara was offered a contract for 2016 that was substantially lower than what he made this year. He took it as a sign that the team was no longer interested in him and opted for free agency. He may be considering all his options, including retirement and heading to the United States. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2015
Sakaguchi, Tomotaka ORI [09/29 @ 6:53am] Sakaguchi was offered a contract for 2016 that included a substantial pay cut. He reportedly opted for free agency because he feels the team no longer needs him. Source: Sponichi 9/28/2015
Chen, Kuan-Yu LOT [10/01 @ 1:21am] Chen would like to stay with the Marines. Source: Daily Sports 9/30/2015
Cruz, Luis LOT [10/01 @ 2:16am] Lotte is expected to offer Cruz a contract. Source: Sports Hochi 9/30/2015
Despaigne, Alfredo LOT [10/01 @ 2:13am] Despaigne is in the first year of a two-year deal. Source: Sports Hochi 9/30/2015
Huffman, Chad LOT [10/01 @ 2:15am] Lotte will most likely part ways with Huffman. Source: Sports Hochi 9/30/2015
Rhee, Dae-Eun LOT [10/01 @ 2:14am] Lotte is expected to offer Rhee a contract. Source: Sports Hochi 9/30/2015
Fujie, Hitoshi RAK [10/01 @ 3:33am] Fujie is not a part of the team's plans in 2016. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2015
Nagai, Satoshi RAK [10/01 @ 3:33am] Nagai is not a part of the team's plans in 2016. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2015
Uezono, Keiji RAK [10/01 @ 3:33am] Uezono is not a part of the team's plans in 2016. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2015
Fujikawa, Kyuji -- [10/04 @ 11:59pm] The Tigers are interested in Fujikawa. Source: Sanspo 10/3/2015 [10/03 @ 7:04pm] The Swallows may be getting ready to offer Fujikawa a two-year deal worth 130 million yen. Source: Sports Hochi 10/3/2015 [10/03 @ 3:25am] The Swallows are interested in Fujikawa as either a starter or reliever (whichever he prefers). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2015 [09/30 @7:32pm] The Dragons have shown interest in Fujikawa. They might be willing to offer a high-paying, multi-year deal. There are concerns about his elbow. Some in the organization are also questioning why they should go after a thirty-five-year-old pitcher after a number of high-profile veterans decided to retire. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/30/2015

Other:

  • [10/01 @ 2:27am] The Tigers are looking into a number of pitchers on the foreign market that can throw in the upper 150s, including Henry Sosa, that could potentially replace Seung-Hwan Oh, should he decide to head to the Majors. Source: Sponichi 9/30/2015

A couple more retirement announcements are coming:

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