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[11/12/2014] NPB: Eight players file for free agency

by on Nov.12, 2014 @ 5:27 pm, under NPB
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The NPB released a list of players that filed their FA option on Tuesday. Teams will be allowed to approach these players on Thursday.

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Team Age Type Salary Rank Compensation
INF 小谷野 栄一 Koyano, Eiichi HAM 34 INT 70.00M C None
To sign with Orix
NF 鳥谷 敬 Toritani, Takashi HAN 33 INT 300.00M A Player + 50% 2014 salary OR 80% 2014 salary
Hanshin or MLB
OF 金城 龍彦 Kinjo, Tatsuhiko YOK 38 INT 40.00M C None
To sign with Yomiuri
C 相川 亮二 Aikawa, Ryoji YAK 38 INT 110.00M B Player + 20% 2014 salary OR 30% 2014 salary
To sign with Yomiuri
P 金子 千尋 Kaneko, Chihiro ORI 31 DOM 200.00M A Player + 50% 2014 salary OR 80% 2014 salary
Orix or other NPB team
INF 大引 啓次 Obiki, Keiji HAM 30 DOM 70.00M B Player + 40% 2014 salary OR 60% 2014 salary
To sign with Yakult
P 成瀬 善久 Naruse, Yoshihisa LOT 29 DOM 144.00M B Player + 40% 2014 salary OR 60% 2014 salary
To sign with Yakult
P 能見 篤史 Nomi, Atsushi HAN 35 DOM 150.00M B Player + 40% 2014 salary OR 60% 2014 salary
Signed three-year deal with Hanshin worth estimated 450 million

* Salaries are not official, only estimates

[11/7/2014] Posts of Interest for the 2014 Off-season

by on Nov.07, 2014 @ 7:06 am, under NPB

[11/25/2014] Orix Buffaloes: Chihiro Kaneko will likely have surgery to clean right elbow

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 11:20 pm, under NPB
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Chihiro Kaneko (31) told reporters earlier today that he was going to have surgery to clean his right elbow.

"They found a small piece of loose cartilage. It isn't in a complicated spot, but I have a chance at a quicker recovery if I have the procedure done sooner rather than later," said Kaneko.

Kaneko was examined at a hospital earlier today and is planning to get a second opinion on the 28th. Assuming he gets the same recommendation, he could have the procedure in late-November. If he goes under the knife, it will be his second elbow cleaning.

Kaneko's interaction with the media:

Why are you not going to ask to be posted?

I wanted to hear what MLB teams had to say by posting, but domestic teams showed a lot of interest so I decided to give it my best in Japan. I felt strongly about it and made the decision on the 21st.

What about the surgery?

It shouldn't be a complicated procedure. It came down to being the sooner I have the surgery, the quicker I can recover.

You also had your elbowed cleaned in 2011. How was that?

I have already had this procedure done before, so honestly, I'm not that worried. You could say that the early detection will allow me to get the surgery and rehab done, which means I'll be in better condition to pitch and I'll be able to show what I'm capable of when healthy.

What are your plans moving forward?

I'd like to hear what other domestic teams can offer and hopefully I'll be able to give an update.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/25/2014, Sponichi 11/25/2014, Daily Sports 11/25/2014

[11/25/2014] Yomiuri Giants finalize contracts with Poreda, Mikolas

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 7:01 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they finalized contracts with pitchers Aaron Poreda (28) and Miles Mikolas (26). Poreda was assigned the number forty-nine and Mikolas the number thirty-nine. The two players are slated to arive in Japan some time in late-January.

According to media reports, both players agreed to one-year deals: Poreda for about sixty-five million yen (550,000 US dollars) and Mikolas for about eighty-three million yen (700,000 US dollars).

Source: official announcement, Yomiuri Online 11/25/2014, Sanspo 11/25/2014, Daily Sports 11/25/2014

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[11/24/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Alfredo Despaigne, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers have made the best offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) so far, according to people close to the situation. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

Leslie Anderson, Frederich Cepeda, Scott Mathieson, and Hector Mendoza will most likely return to the Yomiuri Giants next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014

Ryosuke Hirata (26) is not planning to accept the Chunichi Dragons' terms for 2015 until he is fully satisfied he is getting paid his fair share, even if it means negotiations run into next year. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines would like Alfredo Despaigne (28) to return to their team next year. They are planning to offer a salary of about 200 million yen plus permissions to skip spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014

The Softbank Hawks may be close to announcing an agreement with Daisuke Matsuzaka (34). Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Eiichi Koyano heading to the Orix Buffaloes, the Seibu Lions will most likely check the overseas market for third basemen, in addition to a starting pitcher. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are interested in Tony Blanco (34). Source: Sanspo 11/24/2014

[11/24/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 12:53 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh lived in a regular apartment complex this past season. He asked the Tigers if they could find a hotel that had rooms with kitchens for ext year. Oh likes cooking, but does not want to worry about having to keep things tidy. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014, Sanspo 11/24/2014
  • The Tigers invited Yutaka Enatsu to be a special instructor during Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Development coach Masayuki Kakefu was originally scheduled to spend most, if not all, of his time as a Ni-gun instructor, but will join Enatsu at Ichi-gun spring camp for the first two or three days. He will then head back to Ni-gun spring camp and then return to Ichi-gun spring camp for a few days in mid-February. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014, Sanspo 11/24/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino got tips on how to throw a change-up from Chihiro Kaneko during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014
  • The Bay Stars are thinking about printing an inspirational phrase within the numbers on their uniforms next season. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Masato Furuno (28) married a thirty-four-year-old woman living in Saitama. They filed papers in Matsuyama, Ehime on November 4. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014

[11/24/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 12:50 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte senryokugai Takumi Kobe (29) has decided to retire. He attended the first twelve-team tryout on the 9th, but did not receive any offers. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks held a retirement ceremony for Shintaro Ejiri (37) during fan appreciation day on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014
  • About 350,000 people gathered along the 2.5 kilometer stretch of road covered by the Hawks' championship parade on Monday. Source: ZakZak 11/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a retirement ceremony for Masafumi Hirai (39) during fan appreciation day on Monday. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is slated to meet with the Fighters for contract negotiations on December 5. He made an estimated thirty million yen this season and could see his salary jump to 100 million yen based on his accomplishments. If he signs for 100 million yen, he will join Daisuke Matsuzaka as the only players out of high school to reach the mark in their third year. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014 ... Hideki Kuriyama would like to see Otani become a mix of Hideki Matsui and Nolan Ryan. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014, Daily Sports 11/24/2014
  • Hidekazu Kawano's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 2,950 grams, at 7:10pm on the 22nd.

[11/24/2014] Chihiro Kaneko not planning to ask Orix to post him this off-season

by on Nov.24, 2014 @ 10:04 pm, under NPB
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Chihiro Kaneko (31) spoke to reporters after fan appreciation day at Kyocera Dome earlier today and said he was not planning to ask the Orix Buffaloes to post him this off-season (he already informed the organization). He did not deny an interest in playing in the Majors and added that things could change after the 2015 season if his desire to head overseas grows.

Kaneko's choices now are to either re-sign with the Orix Buffaloes or sign with another NPB team.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014, Sports Hochi 11/24/2014, Sponichi 11/24/2014Daily Sports 11/24/2014

[UPDATE 11/25 @ 12:47am]

Kaneko did not give a reason for why he decided not to ask Orix to post him this off-season. It is possible he was satisfied with Orix's latest offer. The organization could have also agreed to consider posting him after a year based on performance. If Kaneko decides to leave, it could be that he wanted to try his luck with another team.

Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

The notes below are what I was planning to post he announced that he was not going to ask Orix to post him. Some of the information is still pertinent.

Chihiro Kaneko

  • The Orix Buffaloes may have offered Kaneko a deal that was better than three-years at 1.5 billion yen during their meeting with his agent on the 21st. Negotiations lasted about four hours. The Buffaloes came away from the meeting feeling somewhat positive. Orix may have offered Kaneko a three-year deal at one billion yen during negotiations that took place during the season. They met him three times after the season (before he exercised his option) and pushed their offer up to three years at 1.5 billion yen. Negotiations on the 21st was the first they had with Kaneko's new agent. They likely made two offers: a one-year deal at over five million yen and a three-year offer at over 1.5 billion yen. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014, Daily Sports 11/24/2014 ... The Buffaloes could be willing to do a one-year deal with the possibility of posting after the 2015 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014 ... The Buffaloes may have upped their offer from three years at 1.2 billion to four years at 1.6 billion yen. Source: Sanspo 11/24/2014
  • The Hanshin Tigers could be willing to pay at least 500 million yen a season to sign Kaneko. They may also be willing to consider posting him after his second year. They might keep his base salary low the first year, close to the 200 million he made this season, and pad it with enough incentives to push it to 500 million. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

[11/23/2014] Free Agents: Chihiro Kaneko, Takashi Toritani, Eiichi Koyano, Ryoji Aikawa

by on Nov.24, 2014 @ 5:51 am, under NPB
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Chihiro Kaneko

  • Orix Buffaloes' official Ryuzo Setoyama told reporters on Sunday that he spoke to Kaneko's agent on the 21st.
  • The Buffaloes were told Kaneko still felt strongly about the team and wanted to win a championship with them, but was also curious about his options. There was no mention of posting.
  • The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in Kaneko and could be open to posting him after a year.

Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014, Sanspo 11/23/2014, Daily Sports 11/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014

Takashi Toritani

  • The Hanshin Tigers are planning to give Toritani some space to consider their offer. If they meet with him again, it will most likely be after he hears from MLB teams.
  • Sponichi asked 100 Hanshin fans if they wanted Toritani to stay or leave. Ninety-one wanted him to remain. Six wanted him to go to the Majors. Three did not care either way.

Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014, Sponichi 11/23/2014

Eiichi Koyano

  • Koyano could hold a press conference to announce his decision on the 26th.
  • Koyano has reportedly contacted the Seibu Lions to turn down their offer.
  • Part of the reason why Koyano turned Seibu down may have had to do with not wanting to play at Seibu Dome, where temperatures can fluctuate.
  • Koyano may have also been offered a three-year deal worth over 300 million yen by the Orix Buffaloes. Seibu's offer may have been two years at about 200 million yen.

Sources: Sanspo 11/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014, Sponichi 11/23/2014

Ryoji Aikawa

  • The Yakult Swallows could try to snag a veteran outfielder from the Yomiuri Giants as compensation for losing Aikawa. Yakult could have their eye on players like Yoshinobu Takahashi, Yano Kenji, or Tetsuya Matsumoto.

Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014, Sponichi 11/23/2014

[11/23/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Andruw Jones, Wily Mo Pena

by on Nov.24, 2014 @ 5:45 am, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks and Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) may be close to finalizing a four-year deal worth an estimated 1.6 billion yen (not including incentives). The Hawks are planning to offer Matsuzaka the number eighteen. Matsuzaka will most likely leave his family behind in Boston during the season. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014 ... Matsuzaka may be close to finalizing a three-year deal worth at least 1.2 million yen (including incentives). A deal could be reached in early December. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014 ... Matsuzaka may have decided to return to Japan because he wants to start. Source: Sports Hochi 11/23/2014

The Twins are interested in Wily Mo Pena (32), according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Mike Berardino. Source: Tweet 11/22/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are not sure what to do about Andruw Jones (37). Jones has hit fifty home runs in two years, but with a low batting average of .232. He would like to return next year, but the Eagles are looking at other options, like Pena and Tony Blanco. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014

Yokohama senryokugai Shugo Fujii (37) attended a batting practice pitcher tryout with the Yomiuri Giants on Saturday. He threw 122 pitches and faced a number of players, including Tomoya Inzen and Daisuke Nakai. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014 ... Fujii has also received a player contract offer from an independent league team. He is planning to make a decision about 2015 within the next few days. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

Yohei Oshima (29) could go through salary arbitration with the Chunichi Dragons. If he does, he will become the eighth player in NPB history to go to arbitration, first since Hideaki Wakui in 2010; and the second player in franchise history to go to arbitration, first since Hiromitsu Ochiai in 1991. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

[11/23/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.24, 2014 @ 5:41 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants held retirement ceremonies for Yoshihito Ishii (36) and Yasunari Takagi (32) during fan appreciation day on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • 1st round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama and 2nd round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami hit into a triple play during Saturday's fan appreciation day intra-squad game. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014
  • Yutaka Wada is thinking about changing the team slogan for the first time in three years. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Jun Hirose told reporters on Saturday that he bumped into Hiroyuki Nakajima and Kyuji Fujikawa while he was working out in the United States. Source: Daily Sports 11/23/2014 ... Hirose was in Los Angeles working out at EXOS between October 28 and November 19. Source: Daily Sports 11/23/2014
  • The Carp unveiled their slogan for 2015: Joshodamashi Red Rising. Source: official announcement
  • The media learned on Sunday that Jumpei Ono (27) filed marriage papers with a twenty-eight-year-old woman from Tokyo on August 8. The two are currently living in Hiroshima. Source: Sports Hochi 11/23/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hanshin senryokugai Yuji Yoshimi (36) will rejoin the Yokohama organization as a pitching coach. Toshio Fukazawa (31) signed on as a bullpen catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014