Sanspo: Jose Fernandez and Domingo Guzman will not be returning to the Rakuten Eagles next season.
Sponichi: The Eagles have decided to keep Rick Short, Fernando Seguignol, Marcus Gwyn, and En-Yu Lin for the 2009 season.
Sanspo: Yu Darvish has broken another contract record. The Ham Fighter have given Darvish a 7,000-man yen raise, making his salary for 2009 2-oku, 7,000-man yen (roughly $2.7M) plus bonuses. The previous high for a player going into his fifth season was set by Norichika Aoki (2-oku, 2,000-man). When Darvish was asked about his season, he said, "My stats weren't all that bad this year, but the team didn't win and we couldn't get the title, so it wasn't a very good season for me."
Sponichi: Quoting this Boston Globe article, Junichi Tazawa has apparently come to terms with the Boston Red Sox. The details: a major league 3-year deal worth $3M. While the contract is only 3 years, the Red Sox will actually keep control over him for 6 ML years.