Nippon Ham Fighters
...The Fighters signed Masao Kida to a 1-year deal worth 10M yen (down 40M yen) and was assigned the number 42.
...Along with Wataru Karashima (6.1M yen - up 100,000yen) and Taishi Nakagawa (6M yen - no change), five other Eagles re-signed on Thursday:
Ryuhei Terada - 6.5M yen (no change)
Takashi Ishida - 6M yen (no change)
Yasunori Kikuchi - 6M yen (no change)
Hiroaki Yamamoto - 5.5M yen (no change)
Ginji - 5.5M yen (down 500,000yen)
...Yuhei Nakamura will work out with Shinya Miyamoto during the off-season, beginning in January. The Swallows are looking toward Nakamura as their possible future catcher.
...Tetsuya Utsumi is prepared to take on the role of player rep from Shinnosuke Abe.
...Mihichiro Ogasawara returned to his elementary school for the first time in 24 years. This is a part of the program the Giants are running that involves players returning to their old schools as a means to give back to the community.
...Tatsunori Hara received the "For All 2009" award at the 11th Annual Sports Nippon Forum on Thursday for his performance on the field this past season. The Special Olympics Japan was selected for the runner-up award. Hara was also given a 1M yen cash prize; the runner-up was given 500,000yen.
...Starting with exhibition games, Central League and Pacific League umpires will be mixed together at games. The NPB is hoping this will lead to a drop in transportation expenses. The umpires will also sport new caps and uniforms donning the NPB logo.