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[10/31/2014] Rumors: Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:44 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Motohiro Shima (29) has decided not to exercise his domestic FA option. He informed team official Yozo Tachibana of his decision before practices on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are interested in Hiroyuki Nakajima (32). They see him as someone that can play third and bat third. His old uniform number, three, is also available. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks are looking into Daisuke Matsuzaka (34). They could offer him a multi-year deal. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014 ... Softbank could offer Matsuzaka a multi-year deal with the uniform number eighteen. They are also interested in Munenori Kawasaki (33). Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014 ... The Hawks could offer Matsuzaka a four year deal worth 400 million yen a year plus incentives. They could also offer him the number eighteen. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2014
  • Jason Standridge, Brian Wolfe, Dennis Sarfate, and Dae-Ho Lee will be returning next year. They signed two-year deals before the start of the season. Barbaro Canizares, Paul Oseguera, and Edison Barrios are question marks. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Toru Hosokawa (34) finished out the final year of a four-year deal. He is not planning to exercise his FA option. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Nobuhiko Matsunaka (40) will most likely stay with Softbank, but is not ready to make a decision. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014
  • Softbank may not go after any domestic free agents this off-season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Tomotaka Sakaguchi (30) earned his domestic FA option this year. There is a good chance he will remain with Orix. He has already spoken to the Buffaloes at least once and has likely received an offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Yoshihisa Hirano (30) spoke to team official Ryuzo Setoyama at Hotto Motto Kobe on Thursday for about ten minutes. He still needs more time to think, but will likely stay. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014 ... The Buffaloes may have offered Hirano a number of different kinds of deals to choose from. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2014

[10/31/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:37 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Fall practices at kobo Stadium ended on Friday. Fall camp will begin on November 2 at Kurashiki, Okayama. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • The Eagles are planning to offer Shuji Yoshida (47) and Kento Sugiyama (45) jobs as pitching coaches. Yoshida at Ichi-gun and Sugiyama at Ni-gun. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Seiji Tomashino is a candidate for Ichi-gun outfield/base coach. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2014
  • Former Eagle Kevin Youkilis has decided to retire. Source: ESPN AP 10/30/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions posted more information about their fan appreciation day (November 23). Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks are planning to make an announcement about their new manager on Saturday. Kimiyasu Kudo is expected to take over for Koji Akiyama. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014, Sports Hochi 10/31/2014, Daily Sports 10/31/2014
  • Koji Akiyama was not planning to make an announcement about his decision to step down as manager of the team until after the Nippon Series, but the information leaked out to the press. Family was his main reason for resigning. He was also concerned about his own health because he was regularly taking stomach medicine and sleeping pills. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

[10/30/2014] Rumors: Motohiro Shima (Rakuten), Miguel Mejia

by on Oct.31, 2014 @ 4:15 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are planning to ask Tsuyoshi Nishioka to return next year. Nishioka has apparently expressed an interest in staying. Hanshin is also most likely planning to ask Matt Murton and Mauro Gomez to return in 2015. Takashi Toritani told reporters he wanted time to think through his options. Atsushi Nomi is not thinking about exercising his FA option. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shogo Kimura met with team officials for contract negotiations on Thursday. Kimura was presented with terms, but told Hiroshima he needed more time to think. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Motohiro Shima told reporters he was going to spend as much time as he has to consider his options. Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to give Miguel Mejia (26) a tryout. He is scheduled to arrive in Japan in November and will partcipate in fall practices at Seibu Dome. Mejia attended a tryout with Nippon Ham last October, but failed to make the team. He played for the Lamigo Monkeys this past season (55 G, 5-1, 35 Sv, 1.24 ERA). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Takahiro Mahara was reportedly offered a multi-year contract, but agreed to a one-year deal. Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2014

[10/30/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.31, 2014 @ 3:59 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo wants to rate all players in the organization because he feels it will help motivate everyone to work harder. "When I was playing, I wasn't called up even after going 5-for-5 with four RBI at Ni-gun. I wasn't sure what to do, or which players were ahead of me at Ichi-gun," said Okubo. Players will be rated by position and role. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2014
  • Senichi Hoshino was at the team offices in Sendai on Wednesday and met official Hiroshi Abei. The Eagles are said to be interested in keeping Hoshino in the organization as a consultant or advisor. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions held a press conference on Thursday to introduce Shogo Akada as their new Ni-gun Ikusei coach. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines announced that Tatsuya Uchi had surgery to clean his right ankle on the 29th. He will likely require about three months for a full recovery. Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani tossed a bullpen session with an MLB baseball on Thursday in preparation for the Suzuki All-Star Series. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2014 ... Otani threw sixty-one pitches. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2014

[10/29/2014] Rumors: Takahiro Mahara (Orix), Eishin Soyogi (Hiroshima)

by on Oct.30, 2014 @ 2:34 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi earned his domestic FA option this year. He met with team officials at Mazda Stadium on Tuesday for the second time this off-season. He was reportedly offered a one-year deal worth 110 million yen. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014 ... He may have been offered a two-year deal worth 200 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2014 ... Soyogi may have been offered a one-year deal and a multi-year. He still has things on his mind and would like to meet team officials at least one more time. He will most likely be an A rank player and will require compensation if signed by another team. Source: Daily Sports 10/29/2014

Yakult Swallows

Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • Ginjiro Sumitani told reporters he met with team officials on the 27th for the second time this off-season. He may have been offered a one-year deal instead of multiple years. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Takahiro Mahara has decided not to exercise his FA option and will remain with Orix. He met with the Buffaloes on Tuesday and agreed to sign a contract for the 2015 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/29/2014

[10/29/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.30, 2014 @ 2:16 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo wants infielders and outfielders ready to play all positions. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Norio Tanabe is planning to push players hard during fall camp. There will be morning and evening practice sessions. They are also scheduled to play practices games against Hiroshima on November 9 and 14. Source: Daily Sports 10/29/2014
  • The Lions announced that they added Shogo Akada to their staff as a Ni-gun Ikusei coach. Source: official announcement

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yuki Karakawa is scheduled to start the first game against the Lamigo Monkeys on October 31. Source: Sports Hochi 10/29/2014
  • The Marines released more information about fan appreciation day on Wednesday. It will take place at QVC Marine Field on November 22. Gates will open at 9:45am. The opening ceremony will begin at 10:45am. Admission will be free. Source: official announcement

Nippon Ham Fighters

[10/28/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.29, 2014 @ 1:18 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Hiromoto Okubo is planning to play a number of eight-on-eight intra-squad games during fall camp. He believes one less player forces everyone to focus and think more about what they need to do on the field. Veteran players will get opportunities to "draft" and manage their teams. Source: Sponichi 10/28/2014 ... Teams could play with two outfielders. Source: Daily Sports 10/28/2014
  • The Eagles announced that Sho Miyagawa (24) had surgery on his right elbow. Assuming no setbacks, he should be able to resume playing catch in January and begin tossing bullpen sessions in April. He could play in his first rehab game in May. He will return to Rakuten next season with an Ikusei contract. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Chun-Lin Kuo is slated to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on Wednesday. Tomoya Mori will be one of the hitters he faces. Counts will start at 1-1. Source: Sports Hochi 10/28/2014
  • The Lions are planning to offer Shogo Akada a job as Ikusei coach. Source: Sponichi 10/28/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

[10/27/2014] Rumors: Chihiro Kaneko (Orix), Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte)

by on Oct.28, 2014 @ 3:00 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai worked out at Nagoya Stadium on Monday and told reporters he had nothing new to say regarding his domestic FA option. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/27/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takumi Kuriyama has reportedly decided not to exercise his FA option and will remain with the Lions. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/27/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Officials met Yoshihisa Naruse on Monday to continue negotiations on a new contract. No major progress was made. If Naruse decides to exercise his option, Lotte will most likely take their offer off the table. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/27/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko spoke to reporters at Hotto Motto Field Kobe on Monday and said asking the team to post him to the Majors was a possibility. He also said he was going to consider any and all options available to him. "I have always liked the atmosphere at American stadiums. I'll think about it once the [Suzuki All-Star Series] ends," said Kaneko. Source: Daily Sports 10/27/2014, Sponichi 10/27/2014 ... The Boston Red Sox are among MLB teams with interest in Kaneko. Source: Boston Glove 10/25/2014 via Sanspo 10/27/2014
  • Yoshihisa Hirano spoke to reporters on Monday and indicated that he met Orix for contract negotiations, was treated with sincerity, and felt needed. He also said there was a chance he might not exercise his option. Source: Sports Hochi 10/27/2014
  • Takahiro Mahara was unable to provide an update about his FA option when reporters approached him for comment on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 10/27/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi is slated to meet team officials for contract negotiations after the Nippon Series. Source: Sponichi 10/27/2014

[10/26/2014] Rumors: Chihiro Kaneko, Masanori Hayashi

by on Oct.27, 2014 @ 2:59 am, under NPB
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Chihiro Kaneko:

  • Kaneko watched Game 3 of the World Series. He showed up at the stadium wearing a hat and black-rimmed glasses. He watched the pre-game ceremonies and stayed until the end. He did not speak to the media.
  • If Kaneko gets posted, there is a good chance his agent in the United States will be Arn Tellem.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2014, Sponichi 10/26/2014

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Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Masanori Hayashi is still not sure what he wants to do with his FA option. He was offered what may have been a three-year deal during talks with the organization on the 20th. The Bay Stars are not planning to keep their offer on the table if Hayashi decides to exercise the option to test the waters. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2014

Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • Ginjiro Sumitani was a commentator on Bunka Hoso's radio broadcast of the Nippon Series on Sunday. When commenting the series after the game, he said, "That atmosphere is amazing. It made me want to be on that field. I feel stronger about making sure the Nippon Series takes place at Seibu Dome next year." Source: Sanspo 10/26/2014

[10/25/2014] Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.26, 2014 @ 3:19 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Players attending fall camp in Nango are also the players the coaches feel have a good chance to make Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014
  • Chun-Lin Kuo threw thirty-one pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Friday. It was his first session since his arrival in Japan. Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines are planning to reassign Ni-gun infield/base coach Hideaki Matsuyama to Ichi-gun infield/base coach. Current Ichi-gun infield/base coach Kenichi Sato will return to Ni-gun infield/base coach. The change is set to take place in time for the start of Kamogawa fall camp in November. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Luis Mendoza left for Mexico via Honolulu out of New Chitose Airport on Wednesday. He is hoping to pick up about 100 Japanese words during the off-season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2014