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[1/18/2016] NPB Rumor Mill for the week ending on January 24

by on Jan.18, 2016 @ 7:34 pm, under NPB

NPB rumor mill for the week ending on January 24, 2016.

(last update 1/23 @ 12:43am)

Player Rumor Mill

Player Team Latest Update
Matsunaka, Nobuhiko -- [01/23 @ 12:39am] Matsunaka will contact teams directly, not through a representative. Source: ZakZak 1/22/2016 [01/20 @ 3:55pm] Matsuanaka does not want an Ikusei contract. He also does not want to spend much, if any, time at Ni-gun since he feels he showed all he needed to at that level last year. Source: Sponichi 1/20/2016 [01/20 @ 3:17pm] The Rakuten Eagles could give Matsuanaka a tryout. They could still use more right-handed bats with possible pop. That have three spots open on their seventy-man roster. Source: Sports Hochi 1/20/2016
Lee, Dae-Ho -- [01/23 @ 12:32am] The Hawks are planning to give Lee until the end of January to accept their last offer. They cannot afford to wait any longer because they have to consider other alternatives. Source: Sanspo 1/22/2016, Sports Hochi 1/22/2016

Contract Agreements

Player Team Latest Update
Tsubakuro YAK [01/20 @ 3:58pm] 22,000 yen plus all the Yakult Tsubakuro can drink and a box of chocolates from Hawaii (value twenty-five US dollars), up 13,000 yen. Source: Sports Hochi 1/20/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/20/2016, Daily Sports 1/20/2016
Dolis, Rafael HAN [01/18 @ 7:32pm] More coverage.
Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo YOK [01/19 @ 6:22pm] 100 million yen, up fifty-four million yen. Source: Chunichi Sports 1/19/2016, Tokyo Sports 1/19/2016
Takeda, Shota SOF [01/21 @ 6:45pm] Seventy million yen, up forty-four million yen. Source: Daily Sports 1/21/2016



  • [1/23 @ 12:43am] The Tokushima Indigo Socks (Island League) reached an agreement with thirty-nine-year-old infielder Tai-Shan Chang. He has been assigned the uniform number 49. Source: official announcement 1/22/2016
  • [1/21 @ 6:51pm] According to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi, Munenori Kawasaki has signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs. Source: Jon Morosi Tweet 1/21/2016
  • [1/19 @ 6:34pm] The media learned on January 18 that Yomiuri Giants general manager Tatsuyoshi Tsutsumi was in the Dominican Republic to expand the organization's network and to check on players of interest. Source: Tokyo Sports 1/19/2016


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