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Pirates Sign Rinku & Dinesh

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Update, Nov 24 Evening: I found a little more on these guys in this Indian publication. Kind of gives you a sense of what kind of background they’re coming from. Aaron and Jackson from EWC have posted scouting reports of the two as well.

Found on Yahoo! Japan: the Pirates have signed Indian pitchers Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh. EastWindupChronicle had a detailed report on Patel and Singh earlier in the month. The two signed minor league contracts and will participate in the Pirates’ minor league camp next year.

Sure, this is outside of the normal scope of NPB Tracker, but it was reported in the Japanese media and I couldn’t pass up reporting on it. I really like seeing baseball expand in this kind of way.

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Not So Fast, Boston: Rangers Make Offer to Tazawa

» 24 November 2008 » In mlb prospects » 1 Comment

Just when it looked like the bidding war for Junichi Tazawa was going to end before it started, the Rangers stepped in and made things interesting. Texas director of Asia-Pacific scouting Jim Colborn met with Tazawa for nearly two hours, and reportedly made the best offer yet received. No details have been disclosed so far.

We now have reports on official offers from:

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Seattle
  • Texas
Most published reports mention that Boston is still the favorite to land Tazawa, but reports that he’s already made up his mind may have been a little premature. Tazawa has been quoted as saying he wants to make a decision quickly. Judging by the press he doesn’t seem interested in Atlanta or Seattle.

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