NPB rumor mill for the week ending on January 3, 2016.
- Hanshin interested in Eric Thames.
(last update 12/31 @ 7:04pm)
Player Rumor Mill
|Ono, Yudai||CHU||[01/02 @ 2:06am] According to a report by Tokyo Sports, Ono would like a shot at playing in the Majors at some point in the future. Source: Tokyo Sports 1/2/2016|
|Yanagita, Yuki||SOF||[12/31/2015 @ 6:50pm] The Hawks could be planning to offer Yanagita a large multi-year deal after the 2016 season. The twenty-seven-year-old is currently slated to earn his domestic FA option in 2018. Source: ZakZak 12/31/2015|
|Matsunaka, Nobuhiko||--||[12/31/2015 @ 7:02pm] Former Softbank Hawk Matsunaka has been training at Total Workout gym. Source: Sponichi 12/31/2015, Total Workout Announcement|
|Baldiris, Aarom||--||[12/31/2015 @ 7:03pm] Former Yokohama Bay Star Baldiris signed a one-year agreement with Samsung worth an estimated 950,000 US dollars. Source: Sanspo 12/31/2015|
|Oh, Seung-Hwan||--||[12/31/2015 @ 6:59pm] Prosecutors determined that the gambling incident involving Oh "was not habitual but was a one-time event during a holiday." They are seeking a fine worth seven million won. Source: Korea Times 12/30/2015, Daily Sports 12/31/2015, ZakZak 12/31/2015|
- [12/31 @ 7:04pm] The Detroit Tigers signed former Nippon Ham Fighter Michael Crotta and former Chiba Lotte Marine Chad Huffman to minor league contracts. Source: MLB.com via Sponichi 12/31/2015
- [12/31 @ 7:01pm] The Tigers will continue to keep an eye on twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Hyeon-Jong Yang (KIA Tigers, KBO). He is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2016 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/31/2015, Sponichi 12/31/2015, Daily Sports 12/31/2015
- [12/29 @ 4:51pm] According to a number of media reports, the Hanshin Tigers are looking into Eric Thames as a possible option for the 2017 season. Thames is currently a member of the NC Dinos (Korea) and will become a free agent after the 2016 season. He recorded thirty-seven home runs and 121 RBI in his first season with NC Dinos in 2014. He did even better this year with forty-seven home runs, 140 RBI, and forty stolen bases. Source: Daily Sports 12/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 12/29/2015, Sponichi 12/29/2015
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