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[1/4/2016] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on January 10

by on Jan.04, 2016 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB

NPB rumor mill for the week ending on January 10, 2016.


  • Kenta Maeda reaches agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers

(last update 1/10 @ 2:32am)

Player Rumor Mill

Player Team Latest Update
Tsubakuro YAK [01/10 @ 1:36am] Offered 20,000 yen, up 11,000 yen. Tsubakuro placed the offer on hold. He wants 22,000 yen. Source: Sports Hochi 1/9/2016, Daily Sports 1/9/2016, Sponichi 1/9/2016
Lee, Dae-Ho -- [01/08 @ 11:41pm] Softbank may have offered a three-year deal worth around 1.8 billion yen (includes incentives). MLB clubs may be offering two-years between 470 and 600 million yen. Lee is coming off a two-year deal worth an estimated 900 million yen. Source: ZakZak 1/8/2016
Oh, Seung-Hwan -- [01/09 @ 1:52am] The KBO decided to suspend Oh for half-a-season following illegal gambling allegations. The suspension will take effect during his first year back in the league, when/if he decides to return. Source: Sponichi 1/8/2016

Contract Agreements

Player Team Latest Update
Mateo, Marcos HAN [01/07 @ 4:27pm] More coverage.
Bass, Anthony HAM [01/08 @ 7:53pm] More coverage.
Fukuura, Kazuya LOT [01/08 @ 8:29pm] Forty-five million yen, no change. Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2016
Chen, Kuan-Yu LOT [01/06 @ 6:09pm] New one year deal worth an estimated seventeen million yen, up eleven million yen. Source: Sports Hochi 1/6/2016, Daily Sports 1/6/2016



  • [01/10 @ 2:32am] The Yomiuri Giants may be interested in Marcus Thames.  Source: ZakZak 1/9/2016
  • [01/08 @ 8:32pm] Kenta Maeda reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers for eight years. The contract will be worth a minimum twenty-five million US dollars. If Maeda makes thirty-two starts and pitches 200 innings each year, he could earn up to 106.2 million US dollars. Breakdown: annual base of three million dollars plus a one million dollar signing bonus. 150,000 dollars each year he makes the opening day roster, one million dollars each for fifteen and twenty starts and 1.5 million dollars each for twenty-five, thirty, and thirty-two starts. 250,000 dollars for every ten innings between ninety and 190 and 750,000 dollars for 200 innings. There are no opt-outs, option years, or no-trade provisions. He will receive a payment if he is traded. The Dodgers will also have to pay the Hiroshima Carp twenty million dollars. The Dodgers went with a low base because there are concerns about Maeda's right elbow. Source: MLB.com 1/7/2016 ... [UPDATE 1/9 @ 2:19am] Maeda first told Hiroshima Carp owner Hajime Matsuda about his interest in the MLB through a letter after the 2012 season. He first brought up posting during contract negotiations in 2013. Source: Daily Sports 1/8/2016
  • [01/07 @ 2:32am] The Hanshin Tigers have more or less finalized their contract with thirty-one-year-old Marcos Mateo. An announcement is expected soon. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2016
  • [01/07 @ 2:29am] The Softbank Hawks are waiting on Dae-Ho Lee, but are also looking into players on the foreign market. Regardless of what Lee decides, the Hawks might be looking to sign one more foreign player. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2016
  • [01/07 @ 12:53am] The Buffaloes are checking the foreign market for either a left-handed reliever or a right-handed starting pitcher. Source: Sponichi 1/6/2016
  • [01/06 @ 11:57pm] The Hanshin Tigers may be close to reaching an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old Rafael Dolis. The Tigers are hoping to have a deal in place before the end of the month, but there is a chance he could miss the start of spring camp. Source: Sanspo 1/6/2016, Daily Sports 1/6/2016


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One comment on “[1/4/2016] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on January 10

  1. Burly

    I wonder if Maeda’s contract includes an bonus for appearances or games finished. I think there is definitely a possibility that Maeda at some point in him MLB career ends up in the bullpen. If there are no bonuses for appearances or games finished, he could end up as one of the lowest paid closers or top set-up men in MLB.

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