Chiba Lotte Marines
...Koji Takagi officially retired on Friday and was announced as an advanced scout for the 2010 season.
...The Marines announced that Yasuhiko Yabuta's number will be 49.
...The Marines re-signed:
Hiroyuki Kobayashi - 170M yen (down 30M yen) Kobayashi may look to the Majors next year depending on how his 2010 season goes. sanspo
Tadahiro Ogino - 52M yen (down 8M yen) sanspo
...Wei-Ying Chen returned to Taiwan on Friday to train in his homeland during the off-season.
...Eishin Soyogi plans on training one last time at the Industrial League Nissan grounds during the off-season. The Nissan baseball club is shutting down at the end of the year. Soyogi was a member of Nissan before he was drafted in 2005.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...Chung-Shou Yang is changing the kanji in his name from 陽仲寿 to 陽岱鋼.
According to reports, the character 岱 means a Tiger in the mountains. The reading also changes from Chang-Shou to Dai-Kang (sp?).
...The Fighters re-signed:
Hideki Sunaga - 7M yen (up 800,000yen) sponichi
Ken Miyamoto - 11M yen (up 200,000yen) sponichi
Sho Nakata - 12M yen (no change) sanspo
The Buffaloes re-signed:
Yoshihisa Hirano - 42M yen (up 4M yen) sanspo
Akio Shimizu - 26M yen (up 6M yen) sanspo
...Ryo Hijirisawa announced he was getting married to a Chiaki Fukasaku (深作千映) on Wednesday. The two had been dating for about 4 years and a half.
Hijirisawa brought his fiance to Kleenex Stadium on Friday to show her around.
...The Eagles re-signed:
Ryuji Miyade - 37M yen (down 1M yen) sanspo
Hiroki Yamamura - 16M yen (down 20M yen) sanspo
...The Lions re-signed:
Tatsuyuki Uemoto - 12M yen (up 6M yen) sponichi
...The Hawks re-signed:
Kazumi Saito - 120M yen (down 80M yen) sanspo
...The Swallows re-signed:
Masahiro Yoshikawa - 18.5M yen (down 4M yen) nikkansports
Atsushi Kinugawa - 8.7M yen (down 2.3M yen) nikkansports
Kosuke Matsui - 20M yen (down 1.5M yen) nikkansports
Yokohama Bay Stars
...The Bay Stars re-signed:
Yuya Ishii - 26.5M yen (down 3.5M yen) sponichi
Futoshi Kobayashi - 20M yen (down 3M yen) sponichi
...The Giants re-signed:
Takayuki Terauchi - 16M yen (up 1M yen) sponichi
Tetsuya Utsumi - 140M yen (up 20M yen) sanspo
Kazunari Tsuruoka - 42M yen (up 12M yen) sanspo
...Tetsuya Matsumoto and Tadashi Settsu received their Golden Rookie trophies at a ceremony on Friday.