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Nippon Ham Fighters sign 33-yo INF Bobby Scales

by on Jun.28, 2011 @ 11:04 am, under NPB

The Nippon Ham Fighters are currently in talks with INF Bobby Scales. The negotiations appear to be nearing the final stages as a deal could be announced within the next few days.

The Fighters are looking at 33-year-old switch-hitter as a potential replacement for the injured Kensuke Tanaka.

Assuming he signs soon, Scales could join the active roster in early July.

UPDATE @ 3:23pm - The Fighters announced that they agreed to terms with Scales.  No other information is currently available.

UPDATE @ 11:50pm - Scales is expected to arrive in Japan sometime later this week.

UPDATE 6/29 @ 2:13pm - Sanspo is reporting that the contract is through to the end of the season and is worth 18M yen.  He was also assigned the number 2.

UPDATE 6/29 @ 2:59pm - Scales is scheduled to arrive in Japan on 7/1.

UPDATE 7/2 @ 8:15pm - The Fighters held a press conference for Scales today at Seibu Dome.  He was assigned the number 2.  Scales will probably spend about a week at Ni-gun before making it to the active roster.

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Minor League Career Stats [b-ref]

Year Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1999 Rk SDP 44 203 169 47 49 14 6 1 30 7 2 29 31 .290 .398 .462 .860 78 6 2 2 1 0
2000 A SDP 81 314 269 42 76 14 3 1 27 14 7 39 52 .283 .379 .368 .747 99 9 3 3 0 5
2001 A+ SDP 98 417 362 46 98 24 4 5 42 20 7 44 78 .271 .365 .401 .766 145 7 10 1 0 1
2002 AA SDP 97 282 250 40 69 13 3 4 27 6 3 27 56 .276 .356 .400 .756 100 3 4 1 0 1
2003 AA-AAA SDP 111 392 344 49 101 29 3 3 39 11 2 43 69 .294 .373 .422 .795 145 4 2 1 2 2
2003 AA SDP 100 342 301 41 85 22 3 3 37 8 2 36 63 .282 .361 .405 .766 122 4 2 1 2 2
2003 AAA SDP 11 50 43 8 16 7 0 0 2 3 0 7 6 .372 .460 .535 .995 23 0 0 0 0 0
2004 AAA-AA SDP 93 329 281 38 68 19 2 1 29 5 1 40 71 .242 .353 .335 .687 94 8 8 0 0 4
2004 AA SDP 20 84 68 12 18 6 0 0 5 2 0 13 15 .265 .405 .353 .758 24 0 3 0 0 2
2004 AAA SDP 73 245 213 26 50 13 2 1 24 3 1 27 56 .235 .335 .329 .663 70 8 5 0 0 2
2005 AAA SDP 120 436 376 50 103 19 2 14 61 9 4 53 98 .274 .372 .447 .818 168 9 6 0 1 0
2006 AAA PHI 105 415 357 46 104 22 7 7 44 3 3 44 100 .291 .369 .451 .820 161 3 3 6 5 3
2007 AAA BOS 122 499 432 64 127 28 8 11 57 14 3 50 94 .294 .373 .472 .845 204 5 8 3 6 4
2008 AAA CHC 121 457 387 94 124 20 2 15 59 7 5 59 90 .320 .415 .499 .914 193 8 5 4 2 1
2009 AAA CHC 91 360 306 41 85 15 1 5 39 8 8 46 61 .278 .379 .382 .761 117 6 5 1 2 0
2010 AAA CHC 119 462 373 68 100 33 3 10 53 7 3 72 77 .268 .397 .453 .850 169 9 10 3 4 4
2011 AAA CHC 68 283 230 48 70 22 2 9 43 5 6 47 58 .304 .424 .535 .959 123 4 3 0 3 2
13 Seasons MiLB 1270 4849 4136 673 1174 272 46 86 550 116 54 593 935 .284 .381 .434 .815 1796 81 69 25 26 27
2 Seasons MLB 61 158 137 19 34 8 2 3 17 1 0 18 37 .248 .342 .401 .743 55 5 2 0 1 1