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[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

[10/22/2014] Norichika Aoki

by on Oct.22, 2014 @ 5:17 pm, under MLB
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Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 10/21 SFG 7
RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000
Batted second. L1, Ks, G6, G4(DP). Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014, Sponichi 10/22/2014, Sponichi 10/22/2014


Former Rakuten Eagle Casey McGehee was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year by Sporting News Baseball. From MLB.com's Adam McCalvy:

... McGehee's comeback was more literal than most, as he played in Japan in 2013 before returning to Major League Baseball on a one-year deal with the Marlins, for whom he proved a capable run-producer and lineup-stabilizer. Making the most of a career-high 160 games played, McGehee batted .287 with four home runs, 76 RBIs, 29 doubles and 177 hits -- the National League's fourth-highest hit total.

... "When I went over [to Japan] I wasn't necessarily thinking about coming back," he said in September. "I had it in my mind that this is where it was going to be. I had to come to terms with that. When I found out I had a chance to come back, it meant a lot to me. There have been a lot of guys that have went over there and had success that haven't been able to come back, for whatever reason. I knew the chances of that happening weren't very good to begin with. I guess I'm proud of being able to say I went there and was able to come back."

Source: MLB.com 10/21/2014