NPB news: Nov. 19, 2022

The Chunichi Dragons mean business, whether it’s baseball business or not, it’s hard to say, but they ain’t fooling around. For the second time four days, Chunichi traded away an established infielder for a pitcher with modest prospects.

Elsewhere, the Seibu Lions have increased their chances of getting a decent player from the Orix Buffaloes in compensation for their signing star free agent catcher Tomoya Mori.

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NPB news: Nov. 18, 2022

It’s Thursday in Japan, and we might be able to guess one condition on the very unusual Masataka Yoshida posting, while Shohei Ohtani said he intends to play for Japan in the World Baseball Classic, which now means Samurai Japan is waiting to see if Yu Darvish and Seiya Suzuki follow suit.

All three have expressed interest, all three of their teams have given the green light, and all three are represented by Wasserman’s Joel Wolfe, who shed some light on their concerns at last week’s General manager meetings.

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