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[12/25/2015] Kenta Maeda, Go Kamamoto, Yulieski Gourriel

by on Dec.26, 2014 @ 3:23 am, under NPB

Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda agreed to a 2015 salary of 300 million on Wednesday. He will turn twenty-seven next year. He became the youngest pitcher in Central League history to reach 300 million yen. The previous record of twenty-nine years was set by Koji Uehara in 2004 and Kyuji Fujikawa in 2009. The NPB record of twenty-four was set by Yu Darvish in 2010 and Masahiro Tanaka in 2012. Source: Sponichi 12/25/2014 ... Maeda told reporters during his contract press conference on Wednesday that he felt closer to reaching his dreams of pitching in the Majors. "I don't really see it as a dream, I think I am close to making it happen. I still want to go as soon as possible. It would be nice if I can go after the 2015 season. I feel I am closer than when I first brought it up," said Maeda. Source: Sponichi 12/25/2014

The Softbank Hawks re-signed Go Kamamoto (21) to an Ikusei contract. His uniform number will remain 122. Source: Sports Hochi 12/25/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars expect to finalize their contract (officially) with Yulieski Gourriel (30) some time in January. Source: Sports Hochi 12/25/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are planning to check on talent in Cuba. Team official Eiichi Takano is slated to make a trip in January. Source: Sanspo 12/25/2014