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[10/8/2013] Yakult Swallows Senryokugai: Nakane, Matsui, Fujita, Shoda, Mizuta, Kusuki

by on Oct.08, 2013 @ 8:45 pm, under NPB
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The Swallows announced today that they will not sign the following players to contracts for the 2014 season: Yuji Nakane (24), Kosuke Matsui (35), Taiyo Fujita (33), Itsuki Shoda (31), Keisuke Mizuta (32), and Yusuke Kusuki (29). Fujita, Shoda, and Mizuta would like to continue playing next season. Nakane, Matsui, and Kusuki are undecided.

Source: official announcement


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[10/7/2013] Rumors: Kenichi Nakata, Chunichi manager, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Nippon Ham Fighters, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.08, 2013 @ 1:23 am, under NPB
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Kenichi Nakata

If Kenichi Nakata decides to exercise his FA option, the Softbank Hawks could offer him a three to four-year deal.  The Yakult Swallows and Hanshin Tigers could also get involved.

Source: Daily Sports 10/7/2013

The Chunichi Dragons could be preparing to offer Nakata a four-year deal.  They may also be willing to keep their offer on the table while he shops around with other organizations.

Source: Daily Sports 10/7/2013

Nikkan Sports notes the Dragons will likely offer a contract with three or more years.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Team owner Bungo Shirai told reporters on Monday he would like to decide on a new manager before the end of the week.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/7/2013

Yakult Swallows

According to Sanspo, the Swallows have decided not to offer Itsuki Shoda (31), Taiyo Fujita (33), Kosuke Matsui (35), Keisuke Mizuta (32), and Yusuke Kusuki (29) contracts for the 2014 season.  The five players returned to Tokyo after the Farm Championship on the 6th.  An announcement is expected shortly.

Source: Sanspo 10/8/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers are interested in bringing Matt Murton back next season, especially since he is a proven presence, but they do have a budget they can not go over.

Source: Daily Sports 10/7/2013


The Tigers' top priority this coming off-season is signing a pitcher that can close.  They are also hoping to land a power hitter that can bat clean-up.

Source: Sanspo 10/7/2013, Sanspo 10/7/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Quotes on FA options:

Shinya Tsuruoka - I would like to negotiate with staying a top priority, but the option is a right that I earned so there are things I still want to think about.

Eiichi Koyano - It would be lie for me to say that I am uninterested in the market, but I will talk to Nippon Ham first.  I owe them that much for what they have to done for me.

Source: Sponichi 10/7/2013


The Fighters will most likely exercise Michel Abreu's option for the 2014 season.  They are expected to part ways with Brian Wolfe and Justin Thomas.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/7/2013

Softbank Hawks

Wily Mo Pena returned to the US on Monday.  Before leaving, he spoke to reporters and said, "It was a disappointing season.  I got hurt and I could not help the team."  When asked about next season, he expressed a desire to remain with the Hawks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Dae-Ho Lee spoke to reporters on Monday about next season and said, "I would like to stay with Orix.  I am currently not thinking about playing anywhere else."  Negotiations between Lee and the Buffaloes will continue.

Lee will be taken off the active roster on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2013, Asahi Shimbun 10/8/2013

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11/9/2012: Motonobu Tanishige, Kenta Asakura, Keiichi Hirano, Taiyo Fujita, Brian Sikorski

by on Nov.09, 2012 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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The Dragons announced today that Motonobu Tanishige (41) he will not exercise his FA option and will remain with the Chunichi Dragons.  Source: Sponichi 11/9/2012


Kenta Asakura (31) told reporters on Thursday he does not plan to exercise his FA option and will stay with the Chunichi Dragons.  Kohei Oda (35) will also most likely stay put.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2012


Keiichi Hirano sat down with the Hanshin Tigers today.  They asked him to remain with the team but he decided to hold off on making a decision.  It seems negotiations have not gone particularly well so far.  Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2012


The Yakult Swallows announced that they agreed to basic terms with Seibu senryokugai Taiyo Fujita (33).  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2012official announcement


The Hiroshima Carp announced that they signed Chunichi senryokugai Yuichi Hisamoto.  A press conference is scheduled for the 12th.  Of the sixty-one victories the Carp recorded last season, only four were won by left-handed pitchers.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2012


The Seibu Lions are planning to offer Brian Sikorski a contract.  Source: Sponichi 11/9/2012

Sikorski gave up a run on one hit over two innings during an intra-squad outing today.  His fastball was consistently above 140km/h.  The Lions will likely make an announcement on Sikorski after he gets a physical.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2012

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Tigers trade Taiyo Fujita to Lions for Keisuke Mizuta

by on Jul.11, 2009 @ 12:57 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers and Seibu Lions announced a trade today that will send 29-year-old pitcher Taiyo Fujita to the Lions in exchange for 28-year-old infielder Keisuke Mizuta.

Taiyo Fujita
Height: 185cm / Weight: 86kg
Bats: Right / Throws: Right

Year    G   W  L  SV  CG  SHO  BF    IP     H   HR  BB  HB  SO   WP  BK  R   ER  ERA
2009    2   0  0  0   0    0   9      1.1   4   0   1   0   1    0   0   1   1   6.75
Career  46  5  9  0   1    0   593  137.0  150  22  47  6   100  6   0   72  66  4.34
Keisuke Mizuta
Height: 175cm / Weight: 70kg
Bats: Right / Throws: Right

Year    G   PA  AB  R   H  2B  3B  HR  TB  RBI  SB  CS  SH  SF  BB  HP  SO  GDP   AVG
2009    6   12  11  2   2  0   0   0   2    0   0   0   0   0   1   0   2    0   .182
Career 117  79  67  21  7  0   1   1   12   4   2   0   6   1   4   1   17   0   .104

The Lions hope Fujita can help provide some help in the pen while the Tigers are looking for Mizuta to help shore up their infield defense.

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NPB: Tigers trade Fujita (P) to Lions for Akada (OF); Godzilla in Osaka 2010?

by on Jun.16, 2009 @ 8:33 pm, under NPB
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...The Tigers trade Taiyo Fujita (P) to the Seibu Lions for Shogo Akada (OF).

...Craig Brazell has now hit a home run in 4 straight games. Incidentally, the team has gone 1-3 during those four games.

...Yasutomo Kubo won his 14th career IL game yesterday, tying Kenshin Kawakami for most IL victories. He also picked up his first hit (a double to left in the third) since May 5, 2008.

...Hideki Matsui a Tiger? I'm not sure if I could see it happening, especially with his ties to the Giants, but apparently the Tigers are interested and will likely kick the tires during the upcoming off-season to see if the feeling is mutual.


...Marty Brown apparently doesn't approve of Katsuya Nomura speaking poorly of his players in the press. Said Brown, "I don't understand Japanese so I don't really know what he's saying, but saying bad things about players goes against my personal policies. And I also don't think fans want to hear it either."


...By clinching the best IL record, the Hawks also won a nice 50M yen bonus.


...How important was yesterday's win against the Seibu Lions? So important that Tatsunori Hara inserted one of his best options in the pen, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, into the game in the 5th inning. With the rain coming down and there being a possibility of it getting called early, Hara wanted to make sure his team held onto the lead a 6-3 lead.