The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they agreed to terms with twenty-seven-year-old infielder Zelous Wheeler. He was assigned the uniform number 40. Nikkan Sports is reporting that the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty million yen.
The Eagles posted the following comment from Wheeler:
I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity. Playing in Japan with Rakuten will be a new challenge and will mark the start of a new part of my baseball career. I am looking forward to playing in Japan and meeting the Rakuten fans. I will do my best to help the team win a championship.