*The NYY are pursuing Ku-Pao HS INF Po-Rong (Jung) Wang, who is an above average runner
*Elephants Manager Chen is encouraging LHP Fu-Te Ni to return to the CPBL. Chen feels that Ni's fastball and breaking pitches won't be effective vs. MLB hitters. Ni is a non-roster invitee to the Tigers' ST camp.
*There's been some drastic measures passed to help curb the rigging of games in Taiwan. A player could get up to 10 years in jail.
*Taiwan is willing to host the Asian Series this year in an effort to revive the tournament.
*Lamigo Monkeys slugger Chih-Sheng Lin still hasn't reported to ST camp; he's waiting to hear back from the Cleveland Indians.
*Sinon Bulls RHP Chien-Fu Yang may get a tryout with the Chunichi Dragons.
*The Bulls signed their 4th round pick: C Kun-Sheng Lin to a ~ 2.5 million NT signing bonus (~$86 K USD).
MLB:Mets GM Sandy Alderson on Chin-Lung Hu:
With the remainder of the bench, I presumed -- I believe correctly -- that Chin-lung Hu’s role would be as a backup middle infielder, not directly in the second base competition. Is that correct?
“I think that’s the likely result. I think we view him as a very capable defensive shortstop, and provides us some insurance there, as well as at second base -- maybe late-inning defense at second, given what we have there at the moment, and foreseeably what we will have there at beginning of spring training. I think that’s the likely role for him. We’ll let spring training play out.”