Tag Archives: NPB

Rumor Mill – Winter Meetings: the amusing Uribe mess, Kemp trade talks add a team, thoughts on Price

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Juan Uribe has had a confusing day, though the Dodgers weren’t really involved in it. Neither him or the team were publicly active, but the journalists reporting about his status certainly have been. I mean, what does MLB Trade Rumors exist for if not for sequences like this? 9:53am: The Marlins are interested in adding Juan Uribe to fill their ... Read More »

Rumor Mill – Winter Meetings: Tanaka’s status, a Uribe suitor falls, Numata update, Aledmys interest

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On the Masahiro Tanaka front, his team’s owner, Hiroshi Mikitani, has said that he doesn’t want to post him, according Peter Gammons on Gammons Daily. Mikitani is the one Japanese owner who strongly opposed the new agreement, and Wednesday suggested in an interview that he would not post Tanaka, who isn’t a free agent for two more years. “It’s a ... Read More »

Around The Web: 2013 Dodgers prospect team, NPB posting changes, Cuban law changes

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Jurgen Klopp mad? Yeah, he mad. —– Feelin’ Kinda Blue: Dustin Nosler names his 2013 Dodgers prospect team. Feelin’ Kinda Blue: Also names his most surprising and most disappointing prospects. RotoGraphs: Ricky Nolasco‘s adjustments have made him closer to the real deal than not. So it seems here that Nolasco’s year is something close to being “for real,” and while ... Read More »

Takumi Numata signing by Dodgers now in doubt + profile of him with video

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The Dodgers signed 19-year-old Japanese pitcher Takumi Numata last week, which was seen as a bit odd because he was an unknown in Japan. Unknown. Pitched for minor indsutrial league team, fast ball 92-93. RT @truebluela: The Dodgers signed a 19-year-old Japanese RHP — Japanese Baseball (@npbbaseball) September 17, 2013 Nevertheless, the deal was considered done and he would report ... Read More »

Shohei Otani expected to announce he’ll sign with Nippon Ham Fighters on Sunday, according to Sanspo

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Shohei Otani has announced today that he will hold a press conference on Sunday, and, according to Sanspo, the expectation is that he will say he has chosen to stay in Japan with the Nippon Ham Fighters. —– On Dec. 7, Nippon Ham announced that Shohei Otani will hold a news conference on Dec. 9 in the Iwate Prefecture. It’s ... Read More »

Around The Web: Player Trade Value, TV Revenue, Stolen Base Value, NPB/MLB Fight

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Grantland: Part 1 of Jonah Keri ranking the 50 best players in terms of trade value. No Dodgers here yet, but Carlos Santana finds a spot at #43. The other two catcher rankings are the ones likely to elicit the most hate mail. In the first draft of this list, I had Santana considerably higher. Twenty-six-year-old switch-hitting catcher, career .806 ... Read More »

Rumor Mill: Zack Greinke & Hiroki Kuroda front-runners + Kevin Youkilis & Kyuji Fujikawa interest

The Dodgers are the favorite to win the Zack Greinke sweepstakes, according to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to an industry insider, the Dodgers are the favorites to wind up with top free agent starter Zack Greinke, with the Angels and Rangers on the outside looking in. And no starting pitcher on the market is going to be ... Read More »

Rumor Mill: Shohei Otani & Hyun Jin Ryu Updates, Out On Torii Hunter, Scout Signings

So a popular question lately has been: “What the hell happened to Shohei Otani?” In short? Nothing, because despite whatever speculation there had been about MLB teams technically having no need to respect NPB exclusivity rights, like I said in a previous post about the situation, I see no upside for an MLB team to just barge in and violate ... Read More »

Shohei Otani will be drafted by the Nippon Ham Fighters + Answering your Twitter questions

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The big news out of Japan today is that the Nippon Ham Fighters have decided to select Shohei Otani with their first-round pick in tomorrow’s NPB Draft, according to Sanspo. Ever since I tweeted out that information, I’ve been getting a bunch of questions, so I thought I should make a post dedicated to answering them as best I could. ... Read More »

Shohei Otani, Japanese high school phenom pitcher, opts for career in MLB + Dodgers status

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Shohei Otani, the fire-balling high school Japanese pitching phenom, has opted for a career in the MLB, according to the Associated Press. Otani, a 6-foot-4 right-hander who has thrown a fastball between 99 and 100 mph, has been scouted by several major league teams including the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. The 18-year-old Otani said “I think I ... Read More »

Dodgers in lead for services of phenom Shohei Otani + Video + Remaining international budget

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The Dodgers are “front-runners” for the services of Japanese high school phenom Shohei Otani, according to the Japanese media. Meanwhile, stateside, Alex Speier of WEEI and Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News both confirm the Dodgers interest in the 18-year-old, who stands 6’4″ at 190 pounds. —– Logan White and the Dodgers scouting department has been cultivating a relationship ... Read More »