According to published reports, Kimiyasu Kudo has signed a contract with the Seibu Lions and a press conference is already scheduled for the 16th.
=== UPDATE 1:29pm JST
...A comment from Kudo:
A player I played with is now working hard as a manager. I want to help [Watanabe] win another championship. I'm going to play as if it's my last stand. The Seibu uniform has changed so it almost seems like I'm going to a new team. I'll play wherever they tell me to.
...And the Lions are hoping Kudo will take Yusei Kikuchi under his wing and help with his development.