The media learned that Rakuten offered Tadashi Sugimoto a job as Ni-gun pitching coach.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2016
The Eagles are planning to promote Ni-gun Outfield/Base Coach Makoto Moriyama to Ichi-gun. Current Ichi-gun Outfield/Base Coach Osamu Yonemura will be reassigned to Ni-gun.
Source: Daily Sorts 10/17/2016
Rakuten are planning to go without a head coach next year. Team official Senichi Hoshino believes there is no need for a head coach since Masataka Nashida is not having any problems communicating with coaches and players. They also opted to go with a number of roving coaches to improve the connection between the Ichi-gun and Ni-gun levels.
Former Head Coach Toru Nimura is expected to stay in the organization as a scout.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2016