Winter Meetings Preview
by Patrick Newman (Dec 4, 2009)
The MLB offseason is heating up, and figures to kick into full gear
when the Winter Meetings open on Monday. As usual, there will be a
number of story lines involving Japanese teams and players this year.
- Hideki Matsui is the top Japanese name this
offseason. His situation will evolve as talks with the Yankees occur
and other key veteran sluggers find 2010 employers. Reports
last week stated that agent Arn Tellem could call Matsui in anytime
during the week, and Matsui has delayed his return to Japan to
accommodate. Expect a full contingent of Japanese media keep the rumor
mill jam-packed until this guy signs.
- We could wind up with a better sense on the market for Ryota Igarashi and Hisanori Takahashi. The market will be stronger for Igarashi, and the righty is already training in Arizona.
- NPB foreign player rosters are filling up, but we frequently hear
about a guy or two moving from MLB or affiliated ball over to Japan
during the Winter Meetings.
Our own Ryo Shinkawa will be on the ground at this year's Winter Meetings.