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Softbank might not be a fit for Contreras

Jose Contreras may still pitch in Japan, but it probably won’t be for the Softbank Hawks. According to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker, citing a Nikkan Sports report, the Hawks have moved on from Contreras, citing a roster crunch and uncertainty about what role he would play with the club.

According to the report, SoftBank could re-consider Contrerasin the event that imports Brian Falkenborg, D.J. HoultonandJustin Germano aren’t retained or if the staff suffers aninjury during the season.

It’s hard to believe that Softbank would rather have three pitchers who combined for a 5.22 ERA in the majors as opposed to Contreras, so the Hawks may be hoping he’ll bring his asking price down.

However, if negotiations have truly broken down, Contreras’ next best bet may be with the Hiroshima Carp, based on the proximity to his son’s school, though it is not known if they have interest.