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[11/30/2013] Shinya Tsuruoka to sign with the Softbank Hawks

by on Nov.30, 2013 @ 4:28 pm, under NPB

Shinya Tsuruoka held a press conference in Sapporo today and informed the media that he plans to sign with the Softbank Hawks.

"They made me feel needed.  I had a difficult time making this choice, but I decided I want to start over from scratch with a new team," Tsuruoka said.  "I experienced a lot of things during my eleven years with Nippon Ham.  I cannot even begin to put into words how grateful I am to the [Nippon Ham] organization and the fans."

Source: NHK 11/30/2013, Daily Sports 11/30/2013

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 8:50pm]

The Hawks held a press conference for Tsuruoka today.  He was assigned the number eight.  He agreed to a four-year deal worth an estimated maximum 500 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2013

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 10:40pm]

According to Sports Hochi, the four-year deal is worth 250 to 500 million plus incentives.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/7/2013