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10/31/2012: Ryota Igarashi, Rakuten Eagles, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.31, 2012 @ 5:07 pm, under MLB, NPB
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Rakuten Eagles' manager Senichi Hoshino told reporters on Tuesday that Ryota Igarashi was on their list of possible closing candidates.

The Hanshin Tigers, Yakult Swallows, and Softbank Hawks could all get involved if Igarashi decides to return.

Source: Sponichi 10/31/2012

According to Sports Hochi, the Tigers are prepared to wait on Igarashi as long as they feel they have a chance.  They have already reached out to his agent and are currently confirming a number of things like basic contract terms.  The team is also looking into foreign players but will hold off on them as long as possible -- their top priority continues to be Japanese players returning from the Majors.  Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2012Sports Hochi Osaka 10/31/2012

Nikkan Sports reports that the Tigers feel they will have a better idea of where they stand on Tsuyoshi Nishioka (expected to sign), Kosuke Fukduome (still uncertain), and Ryota Igarashi (still uncertain) before the end of the year.  Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2012

Yakult Swallows and Hanshin Tigers and Rakuten Eagles (Oh my!) interested in Ryota Igarashi

by on Oct.31, 2012 @ 1:47 am, under NPB
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According to Sanspo, the Hanshin Tigers could attempt to contact Ryota Igarashi when he returns to Japan in early-November for personal reasons.  Igarashi apparently likes Koshien Stadium.  Source: Sanspo 10/30/2012

A report by Sponichi notes that the Tigers are beginning to look into foreign pitchers that can also close games because they are uncertain about Igarashi's status.  Source: Sponichi 10/30/2012

Sponichi also reports that the Rakuten Eagles and Yakult Swallows are interested in the veteran reliever and that the Eagles may be preparing a multi-year deal worth over 100M yen.  Source: Sponichi 10/30/2012

10/21/2012: Kosuke Fukudome, Ryota Igarashi

by on Oct.21, 2012 @ 4:39 pm, under NPB
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Kosuke Fukudome

The Hanshin Tigers are reportedly preparing to offer Fukudome a two-year deal worth over 400M yen.  That is well above their original offer of 250M yen and more than the 300M yen Yokohama may have offered.

Said an unnamed team official, "We need to give [Fukudome] an offer that is more than what other teams have given him.  We are making those kinds of preparations."

The Tigers are planning to meet Fukudome sometime in early November.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2012

Ryota Igarashi

The Tigers are still very much interested in Ryota Igarashi, but GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters that he heard the thirty-three-year-old reliever still wants to play in the US and is having a hard time deciding what he should.  Source: Sanspo 10/21/2012

10/21/2012: Kosuke Fukudome, Ryota Igarashi, Hideki Matsui, Ichiro Suzuki, Hiroki Kuroda

by on Oct.20, 2012 @ 6:35 pm, under MLB, NPB
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Hanshin Tigers' GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters that he plans to meet Kosuke Fukudome some time in early November.  He also said that no progress has been made since their first meeting.  The Tigers are expected to sweeten their deal with additional bonuses/incentives.  If they fail to land Fukudome, they will most likely go after another foreign player.  Source: Sanspo 10/20/2012

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The Tigers may sit down with Ryota Igarashi sometime this coming week -- Igarashi's agent is scheduled to arrive in Japan shortly.

Hanshin has already spoken to Igarashi once earlier this month.  They are expected to present an official offer during this next meeting.

Other teams, like the Softbank Hawks, may also be interested in the thirty-three-year-old pitcher.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2012

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The Yomiuri Giants plan to continue monitoring Hideki Matsui 's status.  Source: Sanspo 10/20/2012

They are also interested in Ichiro Suzuki, but do not plan on making the first move.  Source: Sanspo 10/20/2012

Nikkan Sports makes note of a few NY reporters that mention Ichiro:

  • the Daily News' Anthony Mccarron - might be ok if he is willing to accept a one-year deal worth about US$5M (around 400M yen)
  • the Bergen Records' Pete Caldera - something might be worked out if he is ok with an incentive-based deal
  • the New York Post's George A. King - possible fit if he is ok with not being guaranteed an everyday position
  • Newsday's Erik Boland - there is little chance at him returning because the Yankees are trying to get younger

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2012

Sponichi thinks the Yanks might offer Ichiro a one-year deal worth around US$4M (about 316M yen).  Source: Sponichi 10/20/2012

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According to Sanspo, Hiroki Kuroda might be worth a one-year deal in the neighborhood of US$15M (about 1.185B yen).  Source: Sanspo 10/20/2012

Nikkan Sports figures he could be worth between the US$10M he made this season and around US$12M (about 960M yen).  Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2012

In both cases, it seems likely he will remain with the New York Yankees.

Sponichi also notes that Hiroshima may get involved again.  Source: Sponichi 10/20/2012

[NPB Interest] Kosuke Fukudome, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Ryota Igarashi: October 12, 2012

by on Oct.12, 2012 @ 4:58 pm, under NPB
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Kosuke Fukudome -

The Hanshin Tigers do not have placed any cut-off periods for their negotiation with Fukudome.  However, they are also in a position where they can not move forward on foreign players until Fukudome decides what he wants to do.

Said GM Katsuhiro Nakamura, "There is one foreign player we like, but that is up in the air right now because if we can sign Fukudome, then we need to work out issues with other positions."

Source: Sanspo 10/12/2012

Nakamura on their offer to Fukudome: "We are thinking about increasing the incentives/bonuses, but it can be difficult gauging how high the base should be.  We will discuss it.  With the money holders."  Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2012

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Yokohama Bay Stars GM Shigeru Takada told reporters on Thursday that he did not think it would become a money game with Fukudome.  Source: Sanspo 10/12/2012

Tsuyoshi Nishioka -

The Hanshin Tigers are slated to meet Nishioka for their first round of negotiations after the Nippon Series ends.  Source: Sanspo 10/12/2012

If the Nippon Series ends in four games, the Tigers could meet with Nishioka as early as November 1.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 10/12/2012

The Tigers could be preparing a multi-year contract with a base two years.  Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2012

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Nishioka has apparently received offers from a number of different clubs.  Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2012

Nishioka is currently working out in the US and could return to Japan sometime before the end of the month.  Source: Sports Hochi 10/12/2012

Ryota Igarashi -

Hanshin Tigers GM Nakamura on Igarashi: "Things are just getting started.  I will be getting in tough with his agent to confirm some things.  Whether he wants to return to Japan.  There is no doubt he is player we want.  If he returns, I am sure others will be interested."  Source: Sanspo 10/12/2012

10/11/2012: Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Oct.11, 2012 @ 9:16 pm, under MLB
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Games from October 10:

New York Yankees 3 - Baltimore Orioles 2 [Sponichi, Daily SportsDaily Sports, Nikkan Sports]
Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) started in left and batted second.  He went 0-for-5: pop out to second, fly out to center, ground out to second (reached on force), line out to left, pop out to third. [Nikkan Sports]

Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) started the game and gave up two runs (both earned) over 8.1 innings of work.  He was not involved in the decision.  Final line: 8.1 IP, 105-65 NP-S, 32 BF, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

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Ryota Igarashi is a free agent.  Source: Nikkan Sports 10/10/2012

[NPB Interest] Kosuke Fukudome, Ryota Igarashi

by on Oct.11, 2012 @ 6:26 pm, under NPB
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Kosuke Fukudome

The front office is scheduled to meet again shortly to discuss how far they want to push for Fukudome (35).  While the front off does not want to turn this into a money game, they also do not want to see a rival team take him.  The coaches and manager also appear to be pushing hard for Fukduome.

The Tigers may have offered Fukudome a two-year deal worth an estimated 250M yen while the Yokohama Bay Stars are rumored to have offered the veteran a two-year deal at 300M yen.

Source: Sanspo 10/11/2012, Daily Sports 10/11/2012

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Kiyoshi Nakahata spoke to reporters on Wednesday and said he thought the team had a shot at signing Fukudome.  Source: Sanspo 10/11/2012

Ryota Igarashi

The Tigers may have gotten in touch with Ryota Igarashi (32) shortly after he became a free agent on the 7th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2012

[NPB Interest] Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Ryota Igarashi: September 30, 2012

by on Sep.30, 2012 @ 3:29 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers are very much interested in Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

GM Katsuhiro Nakamura on Nishioka's release: "I received the update.  If that is the way it is, then we will look into it.  I think our scouts [in the US] were checking him."

President Nobuo Minami: "This is good news for us."

They could offer Nishioka a deal that is higher than the three-year deal he signed with Minnesota.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2012

The Tigers could offer Nishioka a two-year deal worth 800M yen (includes signing bonus and incentives).  Some MLB sources believe he is prepared to sign with Hanshin if offered a deal.  Source: Sanspo 9/30/2012

An unnamed Tigers' source told reporters that if Takashi Toritani remains with the team, Nishioka could always play second or third.  Source: Daily Sports 9/30/2012

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The Chunichi Dragons do not appear to have any interest in Nishioka.

Morimichi Takagi: "Dragons are a no."

Team rep Ryohei Sato: "[Nishioka] is not the kind of player we will actively pursue. He will be just one of many players we look into."

Source: Daily Sports 9/30/2012

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The Chiba Lotte Marines are expected to make some kind of offer on Nishioka.  Source: Sports Hochi 9/30/2012

UPDATE @ 5:17pm - If the Marines were to sign Nishioka, they could put him at short, Shunichi Nemoto at second, and Tadahito Iguchi at first.  Source: Sponichi 9/30/2012

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The Tigers are continuing to look into Ryota Igarashi.  Source: Sanspo 9/30/2012

Hanshin Tigers could go with three foreign position players next year; interest in Brandon Moss

by on Sep.28, 2012 @ 12:17 am, under NPB
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According to Sanspo, the Hanshin Tigers are thinking about going with three foreign position players next year and will not pursue Kosuke Fukudome.  They are still said to be interested in Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Ryota Igarashi.

The Tigers are currently looking into twenty-nine-year-old outfielder Brandon Moss, in addition to Shelley Duncan (32) and Jeff Clement (29).  They also seem open to the idea of having foreign players in right and left.

Source: Sanspo 9/27/2012, Sanspo 9/27/2012

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Brandon Moss - MLB Career Stats

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2007 23 BOS AL 15 29 25 6 7 2 1 0 1 0 0 4 6 .280 .379 .440 .819 11 1 0 0 0 0
2008 24 BOS AL 34 86 78 7 23 5 1 2 11 1 1 6 25 .295 .337 .462 .799 36 0 0 0 2 0
2008 24 PIT NL 45 177 158 12 35 10 2 6 23 0 1 15 45 .222 .288 .424 .712 67 2 1 0 3 1
2009 25 PIT NL 133 424 385 47 91 20 4 7 41 1 5 34 84 .236 .304 .364 .668 140 7 4 0 1 3
2010 26 PIT NL 17 27 26 2 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 6 .154 .185 .192 .377 5 1 0 0 0 0
2011 27 PHI NL 5 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0
2012 28 OAK AL 77 269 242 43 68 15 0 19 41 0 1 24 86 .281 .353 .579 .932 140 5 3 0 0 2
Totals 326 1018 920 117 228 53 8 34 119 2 8 84 254 .248 .314 .434 .748 399 17 8 0 6 6

Brandon Moss - MiLB Career Stats

Year Age Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2002 18 GULF Rk BOS 42 130 113 10 23 6 2 0 6 1 2 13 40 .204 .295 .292 .587 33 2 2 1 1 0
2003 19 NYPL A- BOS 65 252 228 29 54 15 4 7 34 7 5 15 53 .237 .290 .430 .720 98 1 4 0 5 0
2004 20 SALL A BOS 109 490 433 66 147 25 6 13 101 19 8 46 75 .339 .402 .515 .917 223 8 4 0 7 4
2004 20 FLOR A+ BOS 23 91 83 16 35 2 1 2 10 2 0 7 15 .422 .462 .542 1.004 45 2 0 0 1 2
2005 21 EL AA BOS 135 568 503 87 135 31 4 16 61 6 3 53 129 .268 .337 .441 .778 222 6 3 1 8 5
2006 22 EL AA BOS 133 573 508 76 145 36 3 12 83 8 5 56 108 .285 .357 .439 .796 223 13 3 2 4 5
2007 23 IL AAA BOS 133 559 493 66 139 41 2 16 78 3 5 61 148 .282 .363 .471 .834 232 7 3 0 2 3
2008 24 IL AAA BOS 43 182 163 29 46 8 4 8 30 2 0 16 47 .282 .346 .528 .874 86 1 1 0 2 0
2010 26 IL AAA PIT 136 556 500 73 133 32 2 22 96 12 7 42 118 .266 .330 .470 .800 235 11 7 4 3 1
2011 27 IL AAA PHI 124 506 436 66 120 31 1 23 80 4 6 62 127 .275 .368 .509 .877 222 3 4 0 4 3
2012 28 PCL AAA OAK 51 224 196 32 56 11 1 15 33 4 0 22 40 .286 .371 .582 .952 114 3 5 0 1 1
Totals 994 4131 3656 550 1033 238 30 134 612 68 41 393 900 .283 .355 .474 .829 1733 57 36 8 38 24