Sponichi: The Yokohama Bay Stars announce the addition of two new foreigners. Contract details are not yet known, but the Bay Stars announced that they have signed 27-year-old righty pitcher Tom Mastny and 32-year-old lefty pitcher Les Walrond.
Sanspo: All 29 Central League Umpires have renewed their contracts for the 2009 season. 18 from the Kanto region renewed their contract yesterday and the remaining 11 from the Kansai renewed their contracts earlier today.
Jiji Press: The Chunichi Dragons have signed both Masahiko Morino and Masahiro Araki to 5-year deals. Morino will make 120M yen plus bonuses next season while Araki is set to make 150M yen plus bonuses. Similar to the deal Ibata received, both players salaries are not guaranteed from the second year on and will fluctuate based on the market and performance.