The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they came to terms with Alfredo Despaigne (28). According to the media, the two sides agreed on a two-year deal worth an estimated 500 million yen plus incentives.
The Chiba Lotte Marines could offer Alfredo Despaigne (28) a one-year deal over 300 million yen. Other teams were said to be interested in Despaigne, but Yomiuri will most ikely focus their attention on Yulieski Gurriel and Orix may no longer have the need. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2014 ... Lotte could offer a two-year deal worth 800 million yen. At 400 million yen a year, he would become the highest paid player in franchise history (the current high of 300 million yen was set by Julio Franco in 1995). Source: Sports Hochi 12/6/2014
The Yokohama Bay Stars are close to finalizing a deal with Hideki Okajima (38). An announcement could be made within the next few days. Source: Sports Hochi 12/6/2014
A Bay Stars representative could be heading to Cuba to discuss Yulieski Gourriel (30). Yokohama could offer Gourriel a one-year deal worth 300 million yen. Source: Sanspo 12/6/2014
Masanori Hayashi signed a three-year deal with the Bay Stars. He agreed to a fifteen million yen raise and will make an estimated forty-one million yen next year. Source: Daily Sports 12/6/2014
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (30) finished off a two-year deal and finalized a new one-year deal on Friday. "I got hurt this year and didn't have the kind of season I wanted even after returning. I signed a two-year contract, but only managed to help in one. I want to hear about how Nishioka helped the team by pulling everyone together," said Nishioka. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2014 ... Nishioka also said, "I want to stick to the middle infield, I want focus on second and short. I'm still young. It's difficult to change positions and then go back again later. I went with a one-year deal because I feel strongly about this... My preference for positions is important." Source: Daily Sports 12/6/2014
Ryosuke Hirata (26) was offered forty-seven million yen during contract negotiations on November 22 (twelve million yen raise). He appeared on Tokai TV's Dora HOT Plus on Saturday and said he informed the organization that he was hoping to hit sixty-five million yen in 2015 (difference of eighteen million yen). He is slated to meet with the Dragons again next week. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2014
The Orix Buffaloes will most likely end up spending about 3.5 billion yen on five contracts this off-season: Eiichi Koyano, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Tony Blanco, Bryan Bullington, and Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Sponichi 12/6/2014
Orix senryokugai Shinji Takahashi (36) is slated to join the Shinano Granserows Baseball Club (BC League) as a player/hitting coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2014
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The Hanshin Tigers are open to making changes/improvements to their last offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32), if necessary. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014 ... The Seibu Lions are not planning to make any changes to their offer. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014 ... The Orix Buffaloes could make an offer. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014 ... Nakajima wants another shot at playing in the Majors next year and could be okay with just a spring training invite. Source: Daily Sports 12/11/2014 ... Nakajima will be returning to Japan some time this week. Source: Sanspo 12/1/2014
The Chiba Lotte Marines may have offered a two-year deal worth an estimated 500 million yen for Alfredo Despaigne (28). They may also be willing to give Despaigne permission to leave the team during the season next year to participate in the Pan American Games. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014
Shugo Fujii posted a series of images of a handwritten letter announcing his decision to retire on his blog on Monday. Source: Blog 12/1/2014
Doo-Sol Han (17), a high school pitcher out of Korea, is slated to play in the Industrial League next year for Riseisha Gakuen's Riseisha College of Medicine and Sports. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014
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Yokohama senryokugai Norihiro Nakamura (41) is still hoping to land a spot on an NPB team. He is giving himself until the end of the year. He is not interested in continuing his career by signing with an independent league team or going overseas. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014
Orix senryokugai players Ryuji Shoji and Hiroki Nishikawa are planning to pursue careers as police officers in Osaka. Source: Sponichi 11/30/2014
Only two of the nine foreign players the Rakuten Eagles had on the active roster this year will be returning next year: Rhiner Cruz and Zach Lutz. The other seven are Kevin Youkilis, John Bowker, Nick Evans, Travis Blackley, Loek Van Mil, Andruw Jones, and Brian Falkenborg. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014
The Orix Buffaloes reportedly left Wily Mo Pena (32), Joey Butler (28), and Dan Runzler (29) off their reserved list. Source: Sanspo 11/29/2014
The Chiba Lotte Marines kept Alfredo Despaigne (28) on their reserved list as a sign to show how much they want him to return next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014
One of the reasons why the Yokohama Bay Stars decided not to exercise Tony Blanco's (34) option may have had something to do with his weight and three hamstring injuries this year. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014 ... The Orix Buffaloes could be the front runners to land Blanco. They could be preparing a two-year deal worth about 400 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014
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The Hanshin Tigers have made the best offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) so far, according to people close to the situation. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014
Leslie Anderson, Frederich Cepeda, Scott Mathieson, and Hector Mendoza will most likely return to the Yomiuri Giants next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014
Ryosuke Hirata (26) is not planning to accept the Chunichi Dragons' terms for 2015 until he is fully satisfied he is getting paid his fair share, even if it means negotiations run into next year. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014
The Chiba Lotte Marines would like Alfredo Despaigne (28) to return to their team next year. They are planning to offer a salary of about 200 million yen plus permissions to skip spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014
The Softbank Hawks may be close to announcing an agreement with Daisuke Matsuzaka (34). Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014
The Eiichi Koyano heading to the Orix Buffaloes, the Seibu Lions will most likely check the overseas market for third basemen, in addition to a starting pitcher. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014
The Tigers could be shifting their attention to Yoshihisa Naruse because they believe their chances of landing Chihiro Kaneko are slim to none (Kaneko could end up staying with Orix, or could exercise his FA option, but may not have any interest in Hanshin). Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014
The Buffaloes are planning to offer Kei Igawa a contract for the 2015 season. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014
Lotte official Nobuhira Hayashi flew to Cuba a few days ago to begin discussions for the 2015 season
Despaigne is interested in returning to Lotte next year
A number of NPB teams are looking into Despaigne, including the Yomiuri Giants and Orix Buffaloes
Alfredo Despaigne started feeling discomfort in his right side during his first at bat in Wednesday's game against the Orix Buffaloes at QVC Marine. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter for his fourth at bat. He was examined at a hospital in Narashino today and diagnosed with a right lumbar spine contusion. He will need about two weeks for a full recovery.
According to a report by Sponichi, the four Cuba players currently in Japan with permission from the Cuba (Frederich Cepeda, Yulieski Gourriel, Alfredo Despaigne, and Hector Mendoza) will probably return next season. However, deals will have to be renegotiated, which could mean players signing with different teams in 2015.
The article goes on to explain that the players are considered government employees with the Ministry of Sports. As such, teams in Japan have to go through the ministry to sign a player -- the ministry can provide a list of possible candidates based on a list of needs, or teams can check players during scheduled tryouts in Cuba.
Players are limited to one-year deals based on government policy with foreign currency. Cuba is also interested in establishing connections with as many teams as possible.
Twenty percent of the player's salary reportedly goes to the government. While Cuba went along with many of the requests made by teams this year, that could change next season with players going to the highest bidder.
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they finalized a deal for twenty-eight-year-old outfielder Alfredo Despaigne. A uniform number has not yet been assigned. Lotte officials Shinya Yamamuro and Nobuhira Hayashi were in Cuba for negotiations and will be returning to Japan on Wednesday. Despaigne's arrival date has not been set.
I am happy for the opportunity to play in Japan. Japanese people are polite and kind and they play great baseball. They work hard as a team and practice a lot. I saw how good they are during the WBC. Frederich Cepeda and Yulieski Gourriel are my friends and we played together on the national team. They are great people. I am looking forward to seeing them in Japan. I want to do my best to help the Marines win.