It's being widely reported that Hanshin is ready to negotiate with/sign former Seibu Lion Craig Brazell. Brazell hit .234 with 27 homers and 87 rbis. He's currently playing with the St. Paul Saints of the Northern League. Honestly this comes across as a knee-jerk reaction.
Rakuten manager Katsuya Nomura seems to agree. "Hanshin is really bad at acquiring foreign players," he said, before adding, "they're in 5th place and six games under .500? That sucks. When I was there, the media would start with the "quit, quit" articles. Don't just do that to me, do that to (Hanshin manager Akinobu) Mayumi too".
Meanwhile, Seibu is also looking to add an import, due the loss of Brazell and now the shoulder injury of relief ace Alex Graman. Graman is hoping to return before the second half of the season, but surgey hasn't been ruled out as a possibility. Team president Maeda was quoted as saying "it's not just hitter, we're looking into pitching too".