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[12/21/2015] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on December 27

by on Dec.21, 2015 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB

NPB rumor mill for the week ending on December 27.


  • Yomiuri finalizes new contract with Aaron Poreda.
  • Buffaloes interested in Ryan Buchter.
  • Yakult part ways with Milledge.
  • Yakult Swallows nearing agreements with Josh Lueke, Luis Perez.
  • Jason Standridge set to land in Chiba according to Tokyo Sports. reaches agreement with Lotte.

(last update 12/27 @ 1:51pm)

Player Rumor Mill

Player Team Latest Update
Milledge, Lastings YAK [12/22 @ 11:25pm] The Swallows are planning to part ways with Milledge. There was a mutual option for the 2016 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2015
Maeda, Kenta HIR [12/27 @ 1:25pm] Maeda has not yet checked in with the Carp, according to a Sponichi article posted at 5:30am on December 27. Source: Sponichi 12/27/2015 [12/27 @ 2:51am] Maeda returned to Japan on December 26. He avoided speaking to the media after his arrival at Haneda Airport. His posting deadline is January 8 at 5:00pm EST (January 9 at 7:00am Japan Time). Source: Sponichi 12/26/2015 ... The Dodgers appear to be the front-runners. Source: Daily Sports 12/26/2015, Sponichi 12/26/2015
Takeda, Shota SOF [12/21 @ 11:49m] Seventy million yen, up forty-four million yen. Takeda decided not to accept Softbank's initial offer because he wants to learn more about how they evaluate players. He does not necessarily have a problem with their offer. He is okay with having to wait until next year to finalize his contract. Source: Sports Hochi 12/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 12/21/2015, Sponichi 12/21/2015

Contract Agreements

Player Team Latest Update
Davies, Kyle YAK [12/24 @ 6:48pm] More coverage.
Lueke, Josh YAK [12/24 @ 6:48pm] More coverage.
Perez, Luis YAK [12/24 @ 6:48pm] More coverage.
Imamura, Nobutaka YOM [12/22 @ 10:06pm] 9.5 million yen, down 500,000 yen. Source: Daily Sports 12/22/2015
Okamoto, Kazuma YOM [12/22 @ 10:06pm] Fourteen million yen, up two million yen. Source: Daily Sports 12/22/2015
Taira, Kentaro YOM [12/22 @ 10:08pm] Six million yen. up 400,000 yen. Source: Daily Sports 12/22/2015
Wada, Ren YOM [12/22 @ 10:07pm] 7.8 million yen, up 300,000 yen. Source: Daily Sports 12/22/2015
Poreda, Aaron YOM [12/25 @ 7:18pm] One-year deal worth an estimated 1.3 million US dollars. Source: Daily Sports 12/25/2015 [12/25 @ 3:50pm] The Yomiuri Giants announced on December 25 that they finalized a new contract with Poreda. Source: official announcement
Ando, Yuya HAN [12/24 @ 6:36pm] Eighty-two million yen, down three million yen. Source: Chunichi Sports 12/24/2015
Jackson, Jay HIR [12/24 @ 6:31pm] More coverage.
Doala CHU [12/22 @ 1:56am] 750 grams of bread, up fifty grams. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2015
Kuniyoshi, Yuki YOK [12/23 @ 10:02pm] Twenty-four million yen, down three million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/23/2015
Honda, Yuichi SOF [12/22 @ 10:01pm] 180 million yen, no change. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2015
Morifuku, Masahiko SOF [12/21 @ 11:55pm] 120 million yen, down forty million yen. Source: Daily Sports 12/21/2015
Nakamura, Akira SOF [12/22 @ 9:58pm] 120 million yen, up forty-three million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2015
Terahara, Hayato SOF [12/22 @ 10:00pm] Sixty-five million yen, up twenty million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2015
Uchikawa, Seiichi SOF [12/22 @ 10:02pm] 330 million yen plus incentives, up thirty million yen. Source: Daily Sports 12/22/2015
Uebayashi, Seiji SOF [12/22 @ 10:04pm] Eight million yen, up three million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2015
Yanagita, Yuki SOF [12/27 @ 2:33am] The Hawks paid about fifty million yen extra because of Yanagita's visibility in the media, age, and stability. Source: Chunichi Sports 12/26/2015, Sports Hochi 12/26/2015 [12/25 @ 3:33pm] 270 million yen, up 180 million yen. Source: Sponichi 12/25/2015
Kiyota, Ikuhiro LOT [12/24 @ 6:37pm] Sixty million yen, up thirty-three million yen. Source: Chunichi Sports 12/24/2015
Standridge, Jason LOT [12/25 @ 2:23pm] More coverage. [12/25 @ 2:04am] The media learned on December 23 that Lotte and Standridge reached an agreement on a one-year contract worth an estimated 800,000 US dollars that includes a club option. An announcement could be made shortly. Source: Sanspo 12/24/2015
Hoshi, Takanori SEI [12/21 @ 11:52pm] Ten million yen. Source: Sponichi 12/21/2015
Sano, Yasuo SEI [12/21 @ 11:50pm] Twelve million yen, no change. Source: Sponichi 12/21/2015
Cordier, Erik ORI [12/21 @ 5:18pm] More coverage.
Amador, Japhet RAK [12/24 @ 6:30pm] More coverage.



  • [12/27 @ 1:46pm] An NPB team is apparently willing to pay fifteen million US dollars for sixteen-year-old Cuban Lazaro Armenteros. Source: USA Today 12/25/2015 via Sponichi 12/27/2015
  • [12/25 @ 2:27pm] The Orix Buffaloes are interested in twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Ryan Buchter. Source: Daily Sports 12/25/2015
  • [12/25 @ 2:15am] Sanspo is reporting that Marcos Mateo passed his physical examination and formally signed his contract with Hanshin. He is currently scheduled to arrive in Japan on January 28, 2016. Until then, he will work out in the Dominican Republic. Source: Sanspo 12/24/2015
  • [12/23 @ 10:09pm] The Yomiuri Giants could have up to ten foreign players under contract next season: Miles Mikolas, Luis Cruz, Garrett Jones, Scott Mathieson, Aaron Poreda, Leslie Anderson, Hector Mendoza, Ikusei players Carlos Perez and Abner Abreu, and one other player. Source: Tokyo Sports 12/23/2015
  • [12/23 @ 10:08pm] Daily Sports is reporting that Marcos Mateo passed his physical examination. Source: Daily Sports 12/23/2015
  • [12/23 @ 10:04pm] According to a report by Sanspo, the Buffaloes decided to pass on twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Scott Copeland because a medical exam revealed a problem with his knee (or knees). Source: Sanspo 12/23/2015
  • [12/23 @ 12:29am] Marcos Mateo arrived in Chicago on December 21 (US time). He is scheduled for a medical examination on December 22 (US time). An official contract with Hanshin is pending results of the examination. Source: Sanspo 12/22/2015
  • [12/22 @ 11:29pm] The Swallows may have reached agreements with thirty-year-old pitcher Luis Perez and Lueke, pending results of physical examinations. An announcement could be made on December 25. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2015
  • [12/22 @ 10:23pm] A number of Central League teams, including Hanshin and Yomiuri, could be looking into twenty-seven-year-old Rafael Dolis. He is said to be interested in pitching in Japan. Source: Daily Sports 12/22/2015
  • [12/22 @ 10:16pm] The Swallows are close to finalizing an agreement with thirty-one-year-old pitcher Josh Lueke. Source: ZakZak 12/22/2015
  • [12/22 @ 10:13pm] According to Tokyo Sports, Jason Standridge will sign with the Chiba Lotte Marines. Source: Tokyo Sports 12/22/2015
  • [12/22 @ 10:10pm] Tigers' president Keiichiro Yotsufuji told reporters on December 22 that the organization was in the middle of negotiations with thirty-one-year-old pitcher Marcos Mateo. If everything works out, they might be able to make an announcement some time in early January. Source: Daily Sports 12/22/2015
  • [12/22 @ 1:50am] Former Carp Eric Stults may be interested in returning to Japan for a second tour, according to a tweet by Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2015


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3 comments on “[12/21/2015] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on December 27

  1. Patrick Wilson

    I wonder how the Giants will handle as many foreign players… Is Cruz taking 3rd? Do they trade Murata? If they play Jones and Anderson in the outfield, where is Chono? CF?

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