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12/8/2012: Koji Uehara, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Dec.08, 2012 @ 3:27 am, under MLB, NPB

Koji Uehara signed a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox.  From ESPN's Gordon Edes:

The Boston Red Sox and free-agent reliever Koji Uehara struck an agreement on a one-year, $4.25 million deal Thursday, according to a major league source.

The deal is pending a physical.

Uehara also apparently turned down a one-year deal from the Milwaukee Brewers.  Source: Daily Sports 12/7/2012


The Arizona Diamondacks may no longer be interested in Hiroyuki Nakajima because they signed Eric Chavez.  From AZCentral.com's Nick Piecoro:

... That is, aside from infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima, who seems unlikely now that Eric Chavez is on board.

... The Chavez signing means the Diamondbacks are “less likely” to sign Hiroyuki Nakajima, Towers said.


There are apparently no teams interested in signing Kosuke Fukudome to an MLB contract.  A minor league contract might be possible, but that may not be something he wants.  Source: Sanspo 12/8/2012

Fukudome spoke to reporters on Friday and said that he needed a little more time to decide.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2012

The Chunichi Dragons may have offered Fukudome a two-year deal worth 200 million yen sometime earlier this month.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2012


Teenager that caught and auctioned off Hideki Matsui's 500th home run for 25,000 dollars decides to donate 2,500 to charity.  From the Orlando Sentinel's  Martin E. Comas:

A Windermere teenager who stretched out over a Major League stadium seat to snag a milestone home-run ball has turned the catch into a win for both himself and an Orlando charity.

"I wanted to do something that will help people rather than spend it all on myself," Michael Schultes, 16, said Monday, a day after he handed a check for $2,500 to the nonprofit Community Food & Outreach Center.

The money was part of the $25,000 the West Orange High School junior made after selling a baseball he caught in the stands at a 2011 game between the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland Athletics. It was the 500th home run hit by then-A's star Hideki Matsui as a pro.

Matsui continues to wait for MLB offers while working out in New York.  If he does not get any offers, he could sign with an independent league team.  Source: Sponichi 12/7/2012, Sponichi 12/7/2012