The Hanshin Tigers officially announced that they signed Brooks Conrad to a contract. They also posted the following statement from Conrad:
I feel good about signing a deal with Hanshin and being able to play for them in 2013. I have connections to Japan. When I was thirteen, I visited Japan as a member of the California Boy's League I was a part of. We played games in a number of cities, including Osaka and Naasaki. I was also played opening day in Japan in 2008 as a member of the Oakland Athletics. We played the Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants that year too. I would like to do my best to help the team win, much in the same way my teammate Norichika Aoki [did this year for Milwaukee]. I will be prepared for spring camp on February 1. I would like to help the Tigers win while learning things from Matt Murton, a player I briefly played with during my year with the Oakland Athletics.
Source: official announcement
In other Conrad related news...
GM Katsuhiro Nakamura is hoping Conrad will be able to drive in anywhere between ninety and a hundred runs. Source: Sanspo 11/26/2012
Said Nakamura, via Nikkan Sports, "I think [Conrad] understands as well as anyone that we are in need of power. I do not want to put too much pressure on him, but what we need are RBIs. I think foreign players are for RBIs. Ninety to one hundred RBIs. And to get there, home runs are also needed."
Only three foreign players in franchise history have managed to reach the 100 RBI milestone: Randy Bass in 1985 and 1986; George Arias in 2003; and Craig Brazell in 2010.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2012
Conrad will most likely be assigned the number forty-four. The last three foreign players to wear the number: Phil Hiatt (1997), Cecil Fielder (1989), and Randy Bass (1983-1988). Source: Daily Sports 11/26/2012, Sports Hochi Osaka 11/26/2012
UPDATE @ 8:10pm - The Tigers signed Conrad to a one-year deal worth an estimated US$850,000 (about 70 million yen) plus incentives and assigned him the number forty-two. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2012, Sanspo 11/26/2012
UPDATE 11/27 @ 8:50pm - According to Sports Hochi, the Tigers did prepare the number forty-four, but Conrad wanted the number forty-two. Source: Sports Hochi 11/27/2012