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[10/19/2015] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on October 25

by on Oct.19, 2015 @ 4:17 pm, under NPB

NPB player rumor mill for the week ending on October 25.

(last update 10/26 @ 2:14am)

Player Rumor Mill

Player Team Latest Update
Anderson, Leslie YOM [10/21 @ 12:10am] Anderson wants to play in Japan again next year. His first choice is to stay with the Giants, but he will be open to other offers as well. Source: Sponichi 10/20/2015
Castellanos, Alex YOM [10/21 @ 2:00pm] Sanspo is reporting that there is a good chance Castellanos will not be back with the team next season. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2015 [10/19 @ 7:47am] According to Tokyo Sports, the Giants are hoping to bring Castellanos back next season. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/19/2015
Mathieson, Scott YOM [10/21 @ 12:16am] Mathieson and his family like Japan. He is open to ending his career with the Giants. Source: Sponichi 10/20/2015
Mikolas, Miles YOM [10/24 @ 5:26am] Mikolas could be close to finalizing a two-year extension worth an estimated five million US dollars. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/2015 [10/23 @ 8:00pm] Mikolas could very well be back with the Giants in 2016. Source: Daily Sports 10/23/2015
Poreda, Aaron YOM [10/21 @ 12:13am] Poreda told reporters there was a good chance he will be with the Giants again next year. Source: Sponichi 10/20/2015
Nishioka, Tsuyoshi HAN [10/19 @ 4:04pm] Nishioka was offered a contract for the 2016 season that included a significant cut in salary. Daily Sports is reporting that he has decided to accept the offer. Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2015
Tsuruoka, Kazunari HAN [10/21 @ 1:55pm] Tsuruoka has a domestic FA option. The Tigers would like him to stay. He is currently not planning to exercise the option. Source: Sanspo 10/21/2015
Gomez, Mauro HAN [10/22 @ 1:34am] Gomez had a chance to speak to Tomoaki Kanemoto on October 20, a day before he left Japan. That may have helped push the scales in his favor. Source: Sanspo 10/21/2015 [10/21 @ 5:47pm] Internal discussions about Gomez have been positive. There is a good chance the team exercises their option and offers him a contract for the 2016 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2015, Sponichi 10/21/2015
Oh, Seung-Hwan HAN [10/24 @ 10:42pm] President Nobuo Minami confirmed to reporters that the Tigers asked Oh to return next season. They have not yet spoken to his agent. Oh may have narrowed his choices down to the Majors and the Hanshin Tigers. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2015 [10/23 @ 5:15pm] Oh returned to Korea on October 23. Before leaving, he told reporters that he is not considering any NPB teams other than the Tigers. He also said he respects new manager Tomoaki Kanemoto and that a part of him is interested in working with him. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/23/2015, Daily Sports 10/23/2015
Kawakami, Kenshin CHU [10/20 @ 7:33am] Kawakami is not a part of the team's plans in 2016. The forty-year-old pitcher would like to continue playing next year. He had shoulder surgery in September and it will most likely be about six months before he can resume playing catch. He is prepared to start the season without a team. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2015
Ishikawa, Takehiro YOK [10/23 @ 8:56am] Ishikawa met the Bay Stars on October 21. He told reporters they had a good talk and that he needed time to think about his options. He may have been offered a two-year contract. Source: Sponichi 10/22/2015
Osada, Shuichiro YOK [10/25 @ 11:59am] Osada has a domestic FA option. He was apparently offered a one-year deal during a meeting with the front office. Source: Sponichi 10/24/2015
Settsu, Tadashi SOF [10/21 @ 7:20am] Settsu earned his domestic FA option this year. The Hawks will do what they can to keep him in Fukuoka. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2015
Wolfe, Brian SOF [10/24 @ 5:28am] The Hawks are not planning to offer Wolfe a contract for the 2016 season.
Iiyama, Yuji HAM [10/21 @ 7:33am] Iiyama has an intentional FA option. He told reporters on October 19 that he had things to think about, but felt it would be best for him to continue playing for Nippon Ham. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2015
Ono, Shota HAM [10/26 @ 1:59am] The media learned on October 24 that Ono is not planning to exercise his domestic FA option. Source: Sponichi 10/25/2015
Yano, Kenji HAM [10/26 @ 1:59am] The media learned on October 24 that Yano is not planning to exercise his domestic FA option. Source: Sponichi 10/25/2015
Mendoza, Luis HAM [10/24 @ 5:32am] The media learned on October 22 that Mendoza may have reached an agreement on a two-year extension with Nippon Ham. Other teams were in the mix, but the thirty-one-year-old ended up choosing the Fighters. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/2015
Kawamoto, Ryohei LOT [10/25 @ 11:54am] Rakuten is interested in Lotte senryokugai Kawamoto. The Eagles are looking for a back-up catcher. Source: Sponichi 10/24/2015
Fujikawa, Kyuji -- [10/26 @ 2:14am] According to Sponichi and Sanspo, the Tigers have already approached Fujikawa and made his a formal offer. Source: Sponichi 10/25/2015, Sanspo 10/25/2015 [10/24 @ 1:25pm] Tomoaki Kanemoto is interested in signing Fujikawa. He could get himself involved in negotiations. Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2015, Sponichi 10/24/2015
Kawasaki, Munenori -- [10/26 @ 2:01am] Seibu and Rakuten could also be interested in Kawasaki. Source: Sanspo 10/25/2015 [10/25 @ 10:47pm] Orix could be interested in Kawasaki, if he plans to return to Japan next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2015

Contract Agreements

Player Team Latest Update
Eldred, Brad HIR [10/19 @ 4:17pm] The Carp announced that they reached an agreement with Eldred. The two sides agreed on a salary worth an estimated 1.05 million US dollars plus performance bonuses. The deal also includes a signing bonus worth 250,000 US dollars. Eldred joins Jim Lyttle (1977-1982) as the only foreign players to record five or more consecutive seasons with Hiroshima. Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2015, Daily Sports 10/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/19/2015
Herrera, Yoslan YOK [10/24 @ 12:57pm] The two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty million yen. Source: Sanspo 10/24/2015 [10/23 @ 6:35pm] The Bay Stars announced that they signed Herrera to a contract for the 2016 season. Source: official announcement
Laird, Brandon HAM [10/24 @ 3:51pm] The two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 100 million yen. Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2015 [10/24 @ 1:20pm] The Fighters announced on October 24 that they reached an extension agreement with Laird. Source: official announcement
Mendoza, Luis HAM [10/24 @ 3:50pm] The two sides agreed to a two-year deal worth an estimated 400 million yen. Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2015 [10/24 @ 1:21pm] The Fighters announced on October 24 they they reached an extension agreement with Mendoza. Source: official announcement
Sung, Chia-Hao RAK [10/20 @ 7:12pm] The Eagles announced that they signed Sung to an Ikusei contract. He was assigned the uniform #143. Source: official announcement ... The two sides agreed to a deal worth an estimated 4.4 million yen. Source: Chunichi Sports 10/20/2015

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Other

  • [10/25 @ 11:49am] Chunichi head coach Shigekazu Mori will be heading to the Dominican Republic to check on talent. Pitching coach Yui Tomori is scheduled to check available talent in the United States as well (winter meetings). The Dragons are looking for starting pitchers and players with pop. Source: Sponichi 10/24/2015
  • [10/21 @ 2:03pm] The Carp are interested in thirty-year-old outfielder Jason Pridie. Source: Sanspo 10/21/2015

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