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[1/11/2016] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on January 17

by on Jan.11, 2016 @ 7:35 pm, under NPB

NPB rumor mill for the week ending on January 17, 2016.

(last update 1/16 @ 10:14pm)

Player Rumor Mill

Player Team Latest Update
Matsunaka, Nobuhiko SOF [01/13 @ 7:31pm] Matsunaka will attempt to schedule tryouts with NPB teams after he returns from his training in Guam on January 20. He will most likely retire if he is unable to sign a contract before the start of the season. He has turned down offers from independent league teams. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/13/2016, Sports Hochi 1/13/2016 [01/12 @ 7:26pm] Matsunaka is planning to retire if he does not hear from a team before the end of February. He shed five kilograms and currently weight ninety-five kilograms. Source: Sponichi 1/12/2016
Ota, Atori -- [01/12 @ 7:36pm] The media learned on January 10 that Yokohama senryokugai Ota will attend a tryout with Orix at Hotto Motto Kobe some time before the end of the month. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2016
Lee, Dae-Ho -- [01/13 @ 7:29pm] The Hawks might place (may have already placed) a deadline at the end of the month for their offer. Source: Tokyo Sports 1/13/2016

Contract Agreements

Player Team Latest Update
Tamura, Hitoshi CHU [01/15 @ 11:57pm] Chunichi signed Yokohama senryokugai Tamura to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated three million yen and assigned him the uniform number 215. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2016Sponichi 1/15/2016
Mendoza, Hector YOM [01/13 @ 8:23pm] Signed new one-year contact worth an estimated 120,000 US dollars. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 1/13/2016
Matsuda, Nobuhiro SOF [01/16 @ 10:12pm] Matsuda finalized his contract with Softbank on January 15. He most likely agreed to a four-year deal worth an estimated 1.6 billion yen plus incentives. Source: Sponichi 1/16/2016
Navarro, Yamaico LOT [01/13 @ 7:26pm] More coverage.



  • [01/16 @ 10:10pm] Rafael Dolis is scheduled to arrive in Japan on January 27. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2016
  • [01/16 @ 12:00am] The Hanshin Tigers are close to finalizing an agreement with Rafael Dolis. They are expected to make an announcement once he officially becomes available. Source: Sponichi 1/15/2016
  • [01/12] Former Hanshin Tiger Seung-Hwan Oh signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. He agreed to a one-year contract that includes a club option for the 2017 season. Source: MLB.com, Sponichi 1/12/2016


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