Time for another edition of NPB Bullet Points. Randomness abounds, as usual.
- SoftBank sent outfielder Naoyuki Ohmura to Orix in exchange for outfielder Arihito Muramatsu, in a trade that sends both players back to their previous teams. I had previously read that Ohmura's contract was up and he was considering attempting a move to the majors, but now it seems like he stick with the Buffaloes.
- Hideo Nomo is back in the news: Orix manager Daijiro Ohishi has invited him to the team's autumn camp as a special instructor, and Tatsunori Hara has expressed intertest in having him on his pitching coach for Japan's WBC entry. Meanwhile, Nomo's been training with his Osaka-based amateur team, the Nomo Baseball Club.
- Speaking of Hara, after winning the rights to select Taishi Ota in the draft, he pumped his fist until SoftBank manager Koji Akiyama got the point.
- Yokohama released the long-time star Takuro Ishii. The team asked Ishii to retire, but he hopes to continue his career elsewhere.
- Nippon Ham is looking for righthanded hitting, and willing to trade star closer Micheal Nakamura or 2006 RoY lefty Tomoya Yagi to acquire some. The Figthers feel like they have a surplus of pitching, and are targetting Tomohiro Nioka and Kodai Sakurai in a potential trade.
- Rakuten is planning some seating upgrades to the unfortunately named Kleenex Stadium Miyagi. The team is adding seating right on the field behind home plate.