Coming: Justin Germano, Kameron Loe, Chris Aguila, Arihito Muramatsu, Brian Falkenborg, manager Koji Akiyama
Going: Jeremy Powell, Rick Guttormson, CJ Nitkowski, Jason Standridge, Michael Restovich, Naoyuki Ohmura, manager Sadaharu Oh
Staying: DJ Houlton
Synopsis: SoftBank didn't get much out of it's foreign roster in 2008, hence the high turnover. The Hawks had reportedly been after Eric Hinske and Nelson Cruz, but so far haven't landed either. Germano and Loe should be useful pieces, and a bit more MLB-caliber than the guys they replace. The Hawks did get the worse of the Muramatsu-Ohmura trade with Orix.