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Softbank Hawks sign LaHair to two-year deal worth US$4.5 million

by on Nov.22, 2012 @ 9:41 am, under NPB

According to a report by Sports Hochi, the Softbank Hawks' deal with Bryan LaHair could be worth over 500 million yen a year.  The Hawks were looking for a left-handed bat and may see LaHair as their everyday first baseman next year.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/22/2012

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UPDATE @ 10:19am - Noticed a Sponichi article that mentions the possibility of a three-year deal worth up to 1.2 billion yen.  Source: Sponichi 11/22/2012

UPDATE @ 11:11am - Sanspo figures it will be a two-year deal worth one billion yen.  That's more in line with the Sports Hochi report.  Source: Sanspo 11/22/2012

UPDATE @ 7:59pm - According to the latest report by Sports Hochi, the Hawks signed LaHair to a two-year deal worth US$4.5 million (about 370 million yen).  The deal also include a club option for a third year.  LaHair has been assigned the number thirty-five.  Source: Sports Hochi 11/22/2012

The Hawks have also made an official announcement of the signing.  Source: official announcement

6 comments on “Softbank Hawks sign LaHair to two-year deal worth US$4.5 million

  1. Steve Novosel

    Uh, who is this guy again and why in the hell would he deserve to be about the highest paid player in Japan?

    Looking at his Baseball Reference stats, there doesn’t seem to be anything to indicate he is that much more special than any other foreign import with some MLB time. What’s the deal here?

    1. Azza

      I recall Cubs fans were raving about him early in the season because he had a good start and that was what led to him being included in the NL All Star team, but he no doubt faded after the promising start like many players

      I am not sure what warrants this pay packet either, he had one semi successful season in MLB, a few decent ones in AAA, but then we have seen plenty of people with similar CVs, maybe Softbank are mesmerised by the All Star 2012 on his CV, I don’t know

    2. Steve Novosel

      I have a correction to my last post – 500M wouldn’t make him about the highest paid player, it would make him the highest paid player by a LOT. Last year Iwase earned 450M, Ogasawara 430M, Fujikawa 400M.

      I think Son-san has too much money burning a hole in his pocket.

  2. Azza

    I didn’t see LaHair much during the season because i didn’t watch many Cubs games, but i wonder how he’ll go hitting a breaking ball or change up in Japan…

  3. Kyle

    He utterly obliterates right handed pitching, and is atrocious to the tune of like a sub .300 OPS versus left handers. He was one of the best power hitters in AAA for years before getting a chance. He may work out against RHP. He is probably a better hitter than Pena for example. At least in terms of the US MLB. My opinion.

  4. Burly

    Kyle is right. LaHair, if he can adjust to playing in NPB, will wear out right handed pitching and will likely struggle against left handed pitching. LaHair also strikes out a lot, which may cause him problems with the wider NPB strike zone.

    The U.S. reports say that he gets $4.5 million over two seasons, with additional performance incentives of $2 million per year. In other words, he only gets 350 million yen per year if he meets all the performance criteria the Hawks dream of.

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