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[12/17/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.18, 2014 @ 3:48 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hideki Matsui and Derek Jeter will participate in the Tomodachi Charity Baseball Game on March 21, 2015 at Tokyo Dome. A number of events are scheduled for the day, including a baseball clinic, home run derby, charity auction, and youth baseball game. Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014
  • The Giants announced that Shugo Fujii will join their staff as a batting practice pitcher. He was assigned the number 221. Source: official announcement
  • The Giants were seeking thirty-three million yen in damages against Shukan Jitsuwa (weekly tabloid) for articles that claimed the organization was paying a portion of their players more than what was written in their contracts. The Tokyo District Court sided with the Giants but adjusted damages to 2.2 million. Source: Daily Sports 12/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka (right elbow) will most likely attend Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Daily Sports 12/17/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami feels he would do a lot better if given the opportunity to pitch in more scrimmages and practice games during the pre-season. "To be honest, I wanted to throw more. I wanted to pitch into the seventh and eighth innings during exhibition games, instead of having five-inning or 100-pitch limits," said Fujinami. He added, "Ever since high school, I prepared myself by pitching a lot in games." Fujinami would rather pitch in scrimmages and games than toss bullpen sessions or batting practice. Source: Sanspo 12/17/2014, Daily Sports 12/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/17/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars apparently told Toshiki Kurobane that if he did not quit smoking, they would change his uniform number 9 back to 59. Yokohama first requested that he quit when they gave him the number 9 last winter, but Kurobane did not think it was a requirement. Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014 ... The Bay Stars have implemented a no smoking policy for players they have drafted, beginning in 2012. They have also banned somking on the field. Source: Sports Hochi 12/17/2014

[12/17/2014] Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.18, 2014 @ 3:43 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (right elbow) played catch at a distance of about fifteen meters on Tuesday. He threw the ball thirty times. Nakamura had his elbow cleaned out in October and resumed playing catch on Monday. Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014 ... Nakamura is planning to resume batting practice some time in January. Source: Daily Sports 12/17/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters will hold a press conference in Sapporo on Thursday to announce Masao Kida as their new assistant general manager. Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014

[12/17/2014] Yakult Swallows introduce 2014 Draft Class

by on Dec.17, 2014 @ 8:18 pm, under NPB
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Ord Name JPN Team DOB HT/WT POS T/B Level Uni Bonus Contract Date
1 Takeshita, Shingo 竹下 真吾 YAK 1990/10/20 180/82 P L/L Yamaha 22 100,000,000 15,000,000 11/19
2 Kazahari, Ren 風張 蓮 YAK 1993/02/26 185/86 P R/R Tokyo Nogyo University Hokkaido 32 70,000,000 12,000,000 11/28
3 Yamakawa, Koji 山川 晃司 YAK 1996/11/15 184/86 C R/R Fukuoka KoDai Joto High School 55 50,000,000 6,000,000 11/21
4 Terada, Tetsuya 寺田 哲也 YAK 1987/04/02 185/92 P R/R Kagawa Olive Guyners 38 35,000,000 10,000,000 11/10
5 Nakamoto, Yusaku 中元 勇作 YAK 1988/12/12 178/73 P L/L Hakuwa Victorys 39 35,000,000 8,000,000 11/17
6 Doi, Hiroaki 土肥 寛昌 YAK 1990/11/16 181/88 P R/B Honda Suzuka 45 30,000,000 8,000,000 11/12
7 Hara, Izumi 原 泉 YAK 1992/07/26 190/95 OF R/R Daiichi Kogyo University 65 25,000,000 7,000,000 11/13
I1 Nakashima, Shogo 中島 彰吾 YAK 1992/06/15 178/72 P R/R Fukuoka University 111      

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Source: official announcement

[12/17/2014] Rakuten Eagles close to finalizing deal with Gaby Sanchez

by on Dec.17, 2014 @ 12:03 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Sponichi, the Rakuten Eagles are close to finalizing a one-year deal with thirty-one-year-old infielder Gaby Sanchez. The deal may be pending a physical and could be worth an estimated 250 million yen plus incentives. An announcement could be made shortly. The Eagles have been looking for a new clean-up hitter to replace Andruw Jones.

Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014

[UPDATE @ 11:50pm]

The two sides may have agreed, in principle, to a one-year deal worth an estimated 300 million yen (includes incentives).

Source: Daily Sports 12/17/2014, Daily Sports 12/17/2014

[UPDATE 12/18 @ 10:44pm]

According to media reports, the deal is worth an estimated 2.5 million US dollars, or about 292.5 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/18/2014, Kahoku 12/18/2014

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[12/16/2014] Rumors: Chihiro Kaneko, Matt Murton, Kenta Maeda

by on Dec.17, 2014 @ 1:27 am, under NPB
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman is reporting that Kyuji Fujikawa's (34) one-year deal with the Texas Rangers is for one million US dollars plus bonuses. Source: Jon Heyman Tweet 12/15/2014 ... The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Stefan Stevens also tweeted that the one million is guaranteed and includes a club option. Source: Stefan Stevens Tweet 12/16/2014

The Chunichi Dragons spoke to the Baseball Federation of Cuba in early December and were recommended two pitchers. The Dragons declined but are still considering possibilities. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

The media learned on Monday that the Hanshin Tigers may have reached out to Chihiro Kaneko's agent earlier this month and offered a multi-year deal that may have been for about three years. Source: Sports Hochi 12/16/2014, Sanspo 12/16/2014 ... According to Nikkan Sports, the Tigers could offer up to three years at about 1.5 million yen. Kaneko is planning to narrow down his option to two or three teams and could make a decision before the end of the year. Hanshin might also be okay with posting him after two years. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

The Tigers announced that they reached an agreement with Matt Murton (33) for the 2015 season. The two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated 3.9 million US dollars. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014, Daily Sports 12/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

Kenta Maeda (26) is planning to let the Hiroshima Carp know that he is still strongly interested in playing in the Majors when he meets team officials during preliminary salary negotiations. Source: Daily Sports 12/16/2014

Toru Hosokawa (34) finished off the final year of a four-year contract this season. He met the Softbank Hawks on Tuesday for contract negotiations and agreed to a new two-year deal. His salary next season will be an estimated 100 million yen (up thirty-six million yen). Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are planning to add Darrell Rasner (33) to their staff as a US-based scout. An announcement is expected in the next few days. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014

[12/16/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.16, 2014 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Naomasa Yokawa used a Hirokazu Ibata model glove this season. Development coordinator Masayuki Kakefu advised him to use a larger glove if he was going to continue at third base. Yokawa decided to switch to a glove similar to the one Shuichi Murata uses. It is about five millimeters longer overall with a thumb section that is roughly five millimeters shorter. It also has a larger and deeper palm/pocket. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014
  • Travis Mikihisa Samura is thinking about going with Travis over Samura for his uniform. Source: Sanspo 12/16/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka told reporters he plans to assign all eight members of the 2014 draft class to Ni-gun spring camp next year. "I want to see how they're doing. If they're physically okay, we can call them up by around the 14th," said Manaka. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014
  • Tetsuto Yamada had a tonsillectomy on the 14th. He will be discharged from the hospital on the 19th and will not be able to eat solid foods for about two weeks. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014
  • Genki Nitta joined the staff as a batting practice pitcher. He threw over 1,600 pitches during fall camp. He also caught over 1,000 pitches in the bullpen. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014

[12/16/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Dec.16, 2014 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Lotte has decided to take advantage of third round draft pick Kandai Terashima's good looks by putting his face on flags and face towels. The items will be available during the first sale of the year on January 4. The Marines decided to sell Terashima merchandise after receiving requests from female fans. He will be the first member of Lotte's 2014 draft class to get his own merchandise. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014, Daily Sports 12/16/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kimiyasu Kudo is planning to hold study sessions for all coaches during spring camp next year. Topics could include injuries and rehab. Kudo wants coaches to understand proper training methods and rehab procedures because he does not believe trainers should be the only ones to have that information. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014
  • Shota Takeda wants to push his weight up to 100 kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 12/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani has been throwing baseballs from the wind-up since the start of the off-season. He threw about 100 while playing catch and roughly twenty while throwing into a net during workouts on Monday. Source: Sanspo 12/16/2014
  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa is planning to start a three-day fast on the 17th. Source: Sports Hochi 12/16/2014

[12/16/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Kensuke Tanaka

by on Dec.16, 2014 @ 6:21 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-three-year-old infielder Kensuke Tanaka. He has been assigned his old uniform number 3. The media is reporting that the two sides agreed to a two-year deal that could be worth a total 300 million yen plus incentives.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 12/16/2014, Daily Sports 12/16/2014

[UPDATE 12/17 @ 12:13pm]

Tanaka likely agreed to a two-year deal with a club option. The two-year deal could be worth a total 300 million yen plus incentives. The third year could push the value of the total package to 850 million yen (maximum).

Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014

[12/15/2014] Rumors: Takashi Toritani, Alejandro Segovia, Shunsuke Watanabe

by on Dec.16, 2014 @ 2:41 am, under NPB
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Takashi Toritani is expected to give the Hanshin Tigers his final decision during their next meeting. He is said to be talking to the Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres. Both teams might be willing to sign him to an MLB contract, but neither will likely go more than a year with a team option. Source: Sanspo 12/15/2014

The Tigers could have someone check on talent in Venezuela some time in January. They are also interested in Shunsuke Watanabe (38). He is currently playing for Leones del Caracas. He wants to make it back to the Majors, but could be open to returning to Japan if he gets no offers. Source: Sports Hochi 12/15/2014, MLB.com Player Page

Yoshio Itoi (33) met with Orix officials for salary negotiations on Monday and agreed to a 100 million yen raise. He is slated to make an estimated 350 million yen, plus incentives, in 2015. He was also selected to become the next team captain. Itoi is still interested in the Majors, but is currently more concerned about winning a championship with Orix. Source: Sports Hochi 12/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/15/2014

The media learned that the Rakuten Eagles are planning to sign Alejandro Segovia (24) to an Ikusei contract. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2014

Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda (26) apparently told fans at a dinner event on Sunday that pitching in the Majors and winning a championship with the Carp were both his goals. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2014