A couple of notes to pass along as we head into the weekend...
- The Hanshin Tigers have some interest in the recently non-tendered Hideki Okajima. Team director Shoji Numazawa explains, as quoted in Sansop: "Will we look into him? Yes. Because, you know, he's a pitcher. It's not that we don't have interest. But as I'm always saying, we're not going to have a bidding war with the Majors. He's a pitcher so we have some interest. And then there's money and his age and things. But to say we have no interest would be a lie." Hanshin has been done a lefty since injuries claimed the career of Jeff Williams a couple years ago. Casey Fossum wasn't able to fill his shoes in 2010.
- The Yokohama BayStars have signed pitchers Brandon Mann and Clayton Hamilton, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. Mann and Hamilton have mostly toiled in the lower minors, and worked out for Yokohama back in October
- Sponichi has reported that Yakult has a basic agreement with Korean pitcher Young-Soo Bae.