Eiichi Koyano (34) held a press conference at the Nippon Ham Fighters' offices earlier today to announce his decision to sign with the Orix Buffaloes.
When asked why he selected the Buffaloes, he replied, "I have never struggled with a decision like this in my life. Hiroshi Moriwaki called me directly and his words struck a chord with me. The was the biggest reason that made me feel I wanted to play baseball with him. The Fighters took care of me and I really had a hard time making this decision because my feelings wavered with each moment."
Koyano most likely agreed to a three-year deal worth over 300 million yen.