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NPB Bullet Points: Moves & Rumors

by Patrick Newman (Oct 7, 2009)

Only Japanese articles this morning:

  • Aarom Baldiris has become expendable to the Hanshin Tigers, and the team is considering using him in a trade. Baldiris tore up ni-gun but failed to make an impact at the top level during his time with the Tigers. He did endear himself to Hanshin's fans with his sharp defense and hustle.
  • Former Braves farmhand and current Kansai Leaguer Masayoshi Tokuda has passed a tryout with the Hiroshima Carp, which I take to mean that the team will draft him later this month. The linked article says that Tokuda signed a three-year minor league contract with the Braves after college, but I couldn't find any stats from his minor league career.
  • Colby Lewis wants to stay in Hiroshima, stating after his most recent win: "of course I want to return to Hiroshima next year. I want talk contract for the next two months. I want to keep myself in shape." Hiroshima has lost guys like Andy Sheets and Greg LaRocca to other teams in Japan, so there is some concern of Lewis following suit. Lewis has been outstanding in his two years with Hiroshima and will attract some MLB interest as well.
  • Reports persist that Hanshin has White Sox reliever Matt Thornton on their list of acquisition targets for this offseason. The story broke in September, and back then I found it too far-fetched to comment on, and it won't happen, but it's still out there. Hanshin figures to be busy this offseason, and is reportedly considering Korean slugger Tae-Kyun Kim as well as Hideki Matsui and now Akinori Iwamura.
  • Bobby Valentine has managed his last game in Chiba.
  • Former Taiyo Whale Jim Tracy has led his Colorado Rockies to another playoff experience. Prior to taking over for Clint Hurdle, he was considered a candidate for the manager's seat in Yokohama.
  • Tuffy Rhodes will be back for another year with Orix in 2010. He'll enter the season with a good shot at 2000 careers MLB-NPB hits.

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