Originally written December 03, 2012 on ChadMoriyama.com:
Shohei Otani, who once declared definitively that he was headed to America, is having second thoughts about that decision, which was the thing I feared the most at the time of the announcement. Shohei Otani, 18, who had vowed to sign in MLB, might now lean to staying in Japan, per Japanese media. #Dodgers interested, still fluid. — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) December 3, 2012 Japanese pitching prospect Shohei Otani wants to decide this week whether to remain in Japan or come to the U.S. bit.ly/XhMuZb — Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) December 3, 2012 As far as specifics go, Sponichi Annex reports that Otani was probably offered the max salary and the number eleven, which holds significance because it was worn by Yu Darvish. Sanspo quotes a source saying that the Nippon Ham Fighters are indeed no longer an impossible destination, and that he might even be leaning that way now. Source: #Dodgers would be “shocked” if Otani declares for MLB and does not sign with them — but skeptical that he will declare for MLB. — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) December 3, 2012 —– The rumors about the Dodgers actively shopping Dee Gordon only seem to be growing with time. The Dodgers are shopping Dee Gordon in trades, according to Peter Gammons of the MLB Network. The 24-year-old Gordon figures to draw significant interest given the dearth of shortstops available via free agency. As I said earlier, it’ll be interesting to see how exactly teams perceive him and what his value is. Personally, I couldn’t accept him as the centerpiece to any significant deal, especially for somebody like, say, James Shields. —– The Rays have signed former Dodger first baseman to a one-year deal. Free agent first baseman James Loney has agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays pending a physical exam, said a baseball source. The deal will pay Loney an additional $1 million if he reaches specified performance bonuses, the source said. I guess that’s actually not a terrible deal. I mean, expectations are basically zilch at that point.

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