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[1/26/2015] Ichiro Suzuki, Yu Darvish, Fumimasa Ishibashi

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 11:11 pm, under MLB
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Ichiro Suzuki agreed to a one-year deal with the Miami Marlins. From CBSSports.com:

The Marlins have agreed to terms with free-agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki on Friday, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirms. Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio first reported the deal. According to Heyman, he'll receive $2 million in 2015.

Suzuki, 41, will serve as Miami's fourth outfielder, behind Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich.

Source: CBSSports.com 1/23/2015


Yu Darvish's elbow is fine, from MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan:

... "This offseason I was able to work on my strength program and my training is going well right now," Darvish said Friday while making a rare public appearance at the Rangers Awards Dinner in Dallas.

It was the first time that Darvish has spoken publicly since he was shut down at the end of the season with mild inflammation in his right elbow. His last start was on Aug. 9 against the Astros, and right now he is throwing off flat ground. Darvish won't go off a mound until the beginning of February, but so far everything has gone well.

"My elbow feels fine and I am able to throw on my throwing program," Darvish said.

... "He's right on schedule," Daniels said. "I think Darvish is very in tune with his body as much as anybody and knows how he's feeling. He's very confident. Like any of these guys, until they're out there you're always going to have some reservation, but that's the worrywart in me. From all the information we have, I'm encouraged. He's basically been cleared to do just about everything."

Source: MLB.com 1/26/2015


Former Yomiuri Giant and Rakuten Eagle John Bowker signed minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants. Source: Baseball America 1/24/2015


Fumimasa Ishibashi will be a part of the coaching staff with the Ogden Raptors this year. Source: MLB.com Source: 1/13/2015

[1/17/2015] Norichika Aoki, Junichi Tazawa, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Jan.17, 2015 @ 9:06 pm, under MLB
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Norichika Aoki (33) signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman and Michael Hurcomb:

Heyman Tweet: aoki gets $4M with #SFgiants on 2015 deal plus performance bonuses.

Hurcomb update: [Aoki] will make $4 million, plus performance bonuses. He has a 2016 option, which includes a $700,000 buyout. The max Aoki can make on the deal is $12.5 million.


The Boston Red Sox avoided arbitration with Junichi Tazawa (28), from the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo:

... Tazawa agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.25 million.

Tazawa, 28, appeared in 71 games in 2014, the same number he pitched in in 2013. He earned $1.275 million last season.

Source: Boston Globe 1/17/2015


The Toronto Blue Jays have re-signed Munenori Kawasaki (33) to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, from the Toronto Star's Brendan Kennedy:

... The Jays announced Friday they had signed the beloved, high-energy infielder to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.

... Kawasaki will head to spring training as the fifth or sixth man on the Jays' middle-infield depth chart, behind Jose Reyes, Maicer Izturis, Ryan Goins, minor-league prospect Devon Travis and perhaps Steve Tolleson.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos, who praised Kawasaki's character and likeability in the clubhouse, said since it's a minor-league deal there's really no downside. No promises were made to Kawasaki regarding playing time and he still has minor-league options, so if he happens to be called up he can be demoted again without being exposed to waivers.

Source: Toronto Star 1/16/2015


Shunsuke Watanabe (38) and Yusuke Kajimoto (31) could return to the Lancaster Barnstormers this year. From Lancaster Online's Burt Wilson:

... In addition to Burnett, Hobson said Japanese players Yusuke Kajimoto and Shunsuke Watanabe both want to return. Kajimoto's grand slam at Somerset brought the Barnstormers back from the brink of elimination in the first round of the playoffs.

Watanabe, a sidearm pitcher, was 8-2 with a 3.37 ERA in 39 games for the Stormers last season. The right-hander will return to Lancaster if he does not get a job pitching in Mexico, where he played this winter.

Source: lancasteronline 1/14/2015

[11/8/2014] Ichiro Suzuki, Yu Darvish

by on Nov.08, 2014 @ 11:59 pm, under MLB
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Ichiro Suzuki has a new agent: John Boggs. He is set to appear on MLB Network on November 10. He told Bob Costas that he intends to play in the Majors next season. MLB.com is carrying a preview of the show here.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2014


Yu Darvish's next MRI could be pushed back. From Fox Sports Southwest's Anthony Andro:

... There are no plans for Maddux to visit with Texas pitcher Yu Darvish while he's in Japan. Darvish was originally slated to be in Texas in the middle of the month for an MRI but that could be pushed back, which could possibly open the door for Maddux to see Darvish.

Meeting with Darvish wouldn't have mattered if Maddux wouldn't have reached a new deal with the Rangers. That happened last week though as Maddux will return for his seventh season.

Source: Fox Sports 11/6/2014

[11/4/2014] Tsuyoshi Wada, Hiroki Kuroda

by on Nov.04, 2014 @ 7:14 pm, under MLB
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Tsuyoshi Wada signed a one-year deal with Chicago. From ESPN's Jesse Rogers:

The Chicago Cubs agreed to terms with left-handed starter Tsuyoshi Wada on a one-year contract, the team announced Monday.

... Wada is expected to compete for a bottom-of-the-rotation spot with the Cubs in 2015.

The deal is for $4 million, a source confirmed.

Source: ESPN 11/3/2014


Hiroki Kuroda "iffy" to get qualifying offer from the Yankees. From CBS Sports' Jon Heyman:

... while [the Yankees] haven't made the ultimate call on veteran starter Hiroki Kuroda, they don't seem especially likely to make him the same offer.

... There is some belief Kuroda could retire, anyway, but it is hard to see anyone signing him to his usual one-year deal for more than $15.3 million and being willing to give up the draft choice. The $15.3 million salary probably isn't too far above Kuroda's value, though, making the choice difficult. He was 11-9 with a 3.71 ERA this past year.

Source: CBS Sports 11/2/2014

[10/31/2014] Koji Uehara, Hisashi Iwakuma, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Oct.31, 2014 @ 11:17 pm, under MLB
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The MLB released a list of free agents on Thursday. Hiroyuki Nakajima (Athletics), Kyuji Fujikawa (Cubs), Hisashi Iwakuma (Mariners), Daisuke Matsuzaka (Mets), Norichika Aoki (Royals), Hiroki Kuroda (Yankees), and Ichiro Suzuki (Yankees) were included on the list. Fujikawa and Iwakuma have options.

Source: MLB.com 10/30/2014


The Boston Red Sox signed Koji Uehara (39) to a two-year deal worth eighteen million US dollars. From ESPN's Gordon Edes:

... The Red Sox signed Uehara before he became eligible to negotiate with other clubs Tuesday. His deal nearly doubles the two-year, $9.25 million contract he signed with the Red Sox before the 2013 season, before he had been identified as the club's closer. It is $2 million less than last's winter's two-year, $20 million deal the Detroit Tigers gave to free agent Joe Nathan, who is perhaps the closest comparison to Uehara, given that he was 38, a year younger than the Japanese right-hander.

... "You're really looking at a guy who has been one of the elite relievers in baseball for several years," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. "And again, based on our evaluation at the end of the year and what he did, we did not see any reason why that can't continue.''

... "From a health standpoint, he had a little lower back issue at the end of the year, but that was resolved and wasn't really a concern going forward," Cherington said, making the first mention by any Red Sox official that the pitcher's back had been bothering him.

Source: ESPN 10/30/2014


Hisashi Iwakuma (33) will be back in Seattle next year. From The Seattle Times' Ryan Divish:

... The Mariners announced that [Iwakuma's] $7 million option for 2015 has been exercised. However, they didn't decide on the option. Per a source, Iwakuma did enough in 2014 — 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts — and last season to have the option vest automatically. So there was no decision to be made.

Source: The Seattle Times 10/30/2014


The Chicago Cubs declined Kyuji Fujikawa's (34) option. From The Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales:

The Chicago Cubs' 40-man roster shrunk to 35 Thursday as reliever Carlos Villanueva filed for free agency, and the team declined the 2015 option on reliever Kyuji Fujikawa.

... Fujikawa will receive a $500,000 buyout and becomes a free agent.

Source: ESPN 10/30/2014


Daisuke Matsuzaka is planning to return to his home in Boston to begin workouts for next season in November. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014