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Hanshin to send Keisuke Mizuta to Chunichi for Ryota Arai

by on Dec.24, 2010 @ 3:41 pm, under NPB

1/6/2011 6:30pm JST

The Dragons held a press conference for Mizuta today and was assigned the number 32.

12/28/2010 8:32am JST

It appears Arai's name will be registered as 新井良 and not 新井良太.

12/27/2010 7:29pm JST

The Tigers held a press conference today to announce the addition of Arai.  He was also assigned the number 32 and will be registered as 新井良太 (Arai Ryota).

12/24/2010 3:41pm JST

The Hanshin Tigers and Chunichi Dragons appear to have agreed on a trade that will send 30-year-old INF Keisuke Mizuta to Chunichi for 27-year-old INF Ryota Arai.

Ryota Arai Career Stats

YR TM G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO GIDP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2006 CHU 18 24 23 2 6 2 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 0 .261 .292 .348 .639
2007 CHU 29 28 25 5 7 3 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 5 0 .280 .357 .400 .757
2008 CHU 24 19 18 2 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 .167 .211 .167 .377
2009 CHU 8 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2010 CHU 45 60 59 6 9 0 0 1 12 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 14 2 .153 .167 .203 .370
Totals 124 137 131 15 25 5 0 1 33 4 1 0 0 0 3 3 36 2 .191 .226 .252 .478

Keisuke Mizuta Career Stats

YR TM G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO GIDP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2001 SEI 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2002 SEI 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2003 SEI 6 9 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2004 SEI 18 14 14 3 2 0 1 0 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .143 .143 .286 .429
2005 SEI 23 7 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .000 .143 .000 .143
2006 SEI 23 17 15 8 1 0 0 1 4 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 .067 .067 .267 .333
2007 SEI 19 13 10 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 .200 .333 .200 .533
2008 SEI 17 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 - - - -
2009 HAN 12 5 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Totals 130 84 72 24 7 0 1 1 12 4 4 1 6 1 4 1 18 0 .097 .154 .167 .323

7 comments on “Hanshin to send Keisuke Mizuta to Chunichi for Ryota Arai

  1. bbdad

    Why would either team trade players with these horrible stats?? They are paid to do what?? Fill a roster spot?? Being paid 9.5m and 11m respectively…WOW!!!! They should look for another career. In the US they would never have finished rookie ball @ $900 a month. I see this alot in Japan looking at the stats vs salaries…they should count their blessings.

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    1. Eric Lord

      Well, this trade is funny in that Arai’s big brother, Takahiro, also plays for the Tigers. I imagine that had something to do with things.

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  2. Gen Post author

    I think it’s kind of cool seeing all these brothers on the same team. You’ve got the Donoue brothers on Chunichi and the Arai brothers on Hanshin; looking forward, the Sato brothers on Yakult, the Omine brothers on Lotte, and the Nagakawa brothers on Hiroshima.

    And if Yao-Hsun Yang (Softbank) and Dai-Kang Yoh (Ham) ever end up on the same team. Or if Yao-Hua Yang (IL – Ehime) joins one of those teams.

    And while not related by blood, there’s also Toshiya Sugiuchi and Nagisa Arakaki (their wives are sisters).

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    1. Gen Post author

      Well, you’re talking about a VERY LIMITED stat set here. Neither player has more than 150 at bats at Ichi-gun and that’s really not enough to judge a player.

      So, let’s take a look at the 3-years from their Ni-gun seasons:

      Mizuta has a 3-year slash line of .262/.357/.415. He averaged 4 homers, 17.3 RBI, and 7.7 SH over that period. He’s also getting a walk every 8.8
      ABs and a strikeout every 5.4 ABs.

      The numbers aren’t horrible, but for a 30-year-old player, not very promising. Not a lot of upside, but as a player off the bench, he gives the Dragons what they need.

      Arai has a 3-year slash line of .306/.418/.507. He averaged 8 homers, 42 RBI, and .3 SH over that period. He walked once every 6.6 ABs and struck out once every 6.5.

      Arai is probably in the midst of hitting his prime at the age of 27. If here were given more of a chance to play, I think he’d put up fairly respectable numbers. But it’s difficult cracking a line-up that features a middle infield of Morino, Ibata, Araki, and Blanco.

      Salaries
      The league average for players on the Ichi-gun roster last season was 69.5M yen and 38.3M overall. In terms of an age breakdown, players 36 and over made an average 119.5M yen last season; between 30-35, 59.5M yen; and those 23 and under made 9.5M.

      Based on those numbers, Mizuta’s 9.5M next season doesn’t seem to be too far out of line. And considering Arai’s upside, I don’t think 11M is all that bad.

      Sources:
      http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/baseball/100426/bbl1004261815002-n1.htm
      http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5915468

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