In a somewhat odd twist of events, Jeremy Powell was recently announced to have signed with TWO different teams.
Huh? Come again?
Yes, that's right, the Softbank Hawks and the Orix Buffaloes both claimed that they had signed 31-year-old free agent pitcher Jeremy Powell to a contract to play this season.
But how can two teams sign one player?
They can't. At least not officially. According to Powell's agent, the document the Orix Buffaloes sent to him wasn't official and was apparently to be used in conjunction for obtaining his work visa. The Buffaloes, however, say that the document they sent was indeed official.
This problem was obviously presented to the Pacific League heads and their ruling was announced yesterday: Powell can pitch for the Softbank Hawks, but will not be allowed on the active roster until the June 22 (the season starts on March 20).
The talks ultimately relied on where Powell wanted to pitch as both the Hawks and the Buffaloes could not reach an agreement regarding which team he officially signed with.