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Rhodes and Nakamura
I've heard through someone whose Japanese isn't so bad that the tabloids have been talking about Rhodes and Nakamura coming to Orix next season. Can anyone shed some light on this rumor?

[Editor's note: Original post stated that Rhodes was coming "back to" Orix, but he was with Nakamura at Kintetsu.]
Re: Rhodes and Nakamura
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Sep 10, 2005 10:30 PM | YBS Fan ]

I can confirm that Nikkan Sports has stated this a couple of times over the past couple of weeks. Ohgi-kantoku started to say that he wanted them both, but then fell back into "don't commit tampering" mode and followed up by saying that he couldn't say anything on the matter until after the season.

Soon after these rumors started, Nikkan Sports did publish an article stating that Nori plans to stick it out in North America another year.

So, yes, the sports papers aren't holding anything against Rhodes and are strongly speculating that he'll return to the Pacific League next season.
Re: Rhodes and Nakamura
[ Author: Guest: Ed Kranepool | Posted: Sep 11, 2005 8:42 PM ]

Nakamura. Can you imagine the uproar if he actually did play for the Mets a few years back? It would have been very ugly.
Re: Rhodes and Nakamura
[ Author: Christopher | Posted: Sep 20, 2005 12:42 PM | HAN Fan ]

Rhodes has also been linked to the Tigers. He may have to take a dip in salary though.
Re: Rhodes and Nakamura
[ Author: Guest: John Brooks | Posted: Sep 21, 2005 10:32 AM ]

- Rhodes has also been linked to the Tigers.

That's an interesting twist. Though, like you said, he will have to take a dip in salary to play for Hanshin, and any other team I see next year.

If Hanshin is interested in Rhodes, and if Rhodes has a reasonable price, he might end up there. Though Orix and Rakuten are other candidates for signing Rhodes in my opinion.
Re: Rhodes and Nakamura
[ Author: meanlife2000 | Posted: Sep 28, 2005 1:37 PM | HT Fan ]

Even if Rhodes comes to the Tigers, where where would fit in? Tigers (fans) would not compromise on the fielding area. It would be good for Rhodes if he signs with a PL team, they can afford a DH. So he can play or just hit.

Even if he comes, he would have to share a spot with Hiyama, Spencer, Nakamura, Hamanaka, etc. I'm not sure he can play first. If he can, then there is good chance.
Re: Rhodes and Nakamura
[ Author: Something Lions | Posted: Sep 28, 2005 4:51 PM | SL Fan ]

If it does happen, they would be coming "back" to the Buffaloes, though it's now Orix. The merger's still too weird.
Re: Rhodes and Nakamura
[ Author: Guest: Dylan | Posted: Feb 3, 2006 8:29 PM ]

Nakamura is now back with the Buffaloes. What about Tuffy Rhodes? Spring training has started. Is Orix going to sign him?

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