The Seibu Lions announced today that Hichori Morimoto (32) passed his tryout during fall camp and was offered a contract. They provided the following comment from Morimoto.
I received an offer and I feel both at ease and very thankful for the opportunity.
When I was released, I was exposed to the idea that I might not be able to play baseball again and it made me think of a lot of things. I am very grateful to the Lions front office for giving me a call.
Since I was able to make the team, my goal now is to make sure I properly do my job. I will do my best so that I can play at Seibu Dome for as long as possible and will try to execute plays that will make fans want to come out and watch another game.
Source: official announcement
An official contract will likely be signed in December.
Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2013
[UPDATE 12/4 @ 8:00pm]
The Lions held a press conference for Morimoto today. They assigned him the number zero. His salary for 2014 will be an estimated twenty million yen.