The Tampa Bay Devil Rays put in the highest bid for Yakult Swallows third baseman Akinori Iwamura and will now have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Iwamura. The bid, according to other sources, was around $4.5 million. That's a wee bit less than the $51 million bid for Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Heading out to Japan to play for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks are C.J. Nitkowski and Adam Hyzdu. Nitkowski replaces another initialed player D.J. Carrasco. Hyzdu is replacing Jolbert Cabrera, although not directly since Cabrera played mostly at third base for the Hawks, while Hyzdu is an outfielder.