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Orix Buffaloes formally part ways with Alfredo Figaro, to give Mike Schultz a tryout

by on Jan.28, 2013 @ 5:56 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they officially parted ways with Alfredo Figaro.

They also announced that they will give former Hiroshima Carp Mike Schultz (33) a tryout during spring camp.

Source: official announcement (Figaro), official announcement (Schultz)

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Sports Hochi: Orix Buffaloes to part ways with Alfredo Figaro

by on Jan.24, 2013 @ 11:26 am, under NPB
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According to Sports Hochi, the Orix Buffaloes will be parting ways with Alfredo Figaro (28).  An official announcement is expected within the next couple of days.

The Buffaloes wanted to retain Figaro for the 2013 season and placed him on their reserved list in December.  Later that month, there was a report that he signed a minor league deal with the Milaukee Brewers.  The contract was later voided when the Brewers realized he was not a free agent.

Orix made a number of attempts to re-sign Figaro after that, but talks had broken down because his desire to play in the US outweighed his desire to play in Japan.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2013

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UPDATE @ 11:15pm - It seems the Buffaloes ultimately decided to respect Figaro's wishes of wanting to play in the US.  However, they will also apparently try to impose some sort of a penalty that will not allow him to sign with any teams in Asia for a few years.  Source: Sponichi 1/24/2013

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Orix Buffaloes have not heard back from Alfredo Figaro

by on Jan.18, 2013 @ 2:38 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes were trying to sign Alfredo Figaro to a contract for the 2013 season but gave up when talks broke down.  As of now, he is still on their restricted list.  That means he cannot sign with another team.

As far as the Buffaloes can tell, Figaro is no longer interested in playing in Japan.  However, unless they release him, he will have to be moved to the disqualified list.  The Buffaloes are not interested in keeping Figaro out of work -- they are open to releasing him, provided he agrees not to sign with another team in Japan.

Attempts to contact Figaro by the Buffaloes have apparently gone unanswered.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2013

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12/21/2012: Yoshinori Tateyama, Alfredo Figaro, Koji Uehara

by on Dec.21, 2012 @ 11:23 pm, under MLB
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Yoshinori Tateyama signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers.  From The Dallas Morning News' Gerry Fraley:

The Texas Rangers signed right-handed reliever Yoshi Tateyama to a minor-league contract and will bring him to spring training on a non-roster basis.

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Hiroyuki Nakajima held a press conference at the Seibu Lions' team offices in Tokorozawa today.  Source: official announcement

"I was to return after successfully signing an MLB deal and holding a press conference over there.  I am grateful to the managers, coaches, staff, and fans that supported me over my twelve-year career with Seibu" said Nakajima.

When asked which pitcher he looked forward to saying, he said, "Should I say [Yu] Darvish? ... If people in Japan are looking forward to it, then I will also look forward to facing Darvish."

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2012

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Perhaps joking, Koji Uehara said that he decided to sign with the Boston Red Sox because they had a heated washlet.

"The clubhouse bathroom had one installed.  I was really happy about that.  I was 99% sure I wanted to sign.  The deciding 1% was the [the washlet]," said Uehara.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2012

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The latest on Alfredo Figaro, from MLB.com's Adam McCalvy:

The Brewers announced Wednesday that they had reached a Minor League deal with free agent right-hander Alfredo Figaro, who was set to return to the U.S. after two years pitching in Japan.

One problem: He was not a free agent in the first place.

... "I have reached out to the Orix team and advised them that it was not our intent to violate their reservation rights, and if they intend to retain Figaro, we will step aside," Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said in an email.

The Brewers do not intend to purchase Figaro's rights from his Japanese club.

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Orix Buffaloes displeased with Alfredo Figaro signing

by on Dec.20, 2012 @ 10:31 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes are feeling a bit displeased about Alfredo Figaro signing a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers because he was on their reserved list.  According to the NPB charter, players on the reserved list are not allowed to sign with other teams, including those overseas.

Said Buffaloes assistant team director Shosaku Yokota, "There may have been a misunderstanding about his status.  Figaro was a player that was a part our plans next season."

Jun Nakamura, head of the Buffaloes international group, added, "I do not think the Brewers meant any harm, but they never approached us about him."

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/20/2012

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12/20/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Yoshinori Tateyama

by on Dec.20, 2012 @ 3:24 pm, under MLB
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New York Yankees finalize deal with Ichiro Suzuki, from the NY Daily News' Mark Feinsand:

... The Yankees officially announced their deal with Ichiro Suzuki, bringing back the 39-year-old outfielder for $13 million over the next two seasons.

"The Yankees are the kind of team that I always envisioned being a part of," Suzuki said. "Everyone in the world of competition has a strong desire to win, but the Yankees also have an atmosphere where losing is not an option. These two observations may sound similar, but I believe it is a rarity to find both coexisting in the same organization.

"I believe the Yankees organization appreciates that there is a difference between a 39-year-old who has played relying only on talent, and a 39-year-old who has prepared, practiced, and thought thoroughly through many experiences for their craft. I am very thankful, and I will do my best to deliver on their expectations."

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More on Hiroyuki Nakajima's contract with the Oakland A's, from the CBSSports.com's wire reports:

Nakajima will get a $1.25 million signing bonus and base salaries of $2.25 million next year and $2.5 million in 2014. He can earn up to $1.3 million in performance bonuses next season. Whatever bonuses he earns will be added to his salary in 2014, when he can earn up to $600,000 in bonuses based on playing time. Nakajima could earn as much as $9.2 million his first two years.

There is also a $500,000 buyout if the A's don't exercise their option for 2015, and Nakajima will be eligible for free agency at the end of the deal. The contract also includes awards bonuses and various perks including an interpreter, flights to and from Japan and moving expenses.

UPDATE @ 10:06pm - Nakajima returned to Japan today.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/20/2012

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Yoshinori Tateyama has received offers from a number of teams, including the Texas Rangers.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/20/2012

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If Tomochika Tsuboi cannot find a place to play in the US next season, he will most likely retire.

Said Tsuboi, "I am not thinking about playing in places like Japan or Korea.  If it does not work out, then I will quit."

Tsuboi signed with the San Rafael Pacifics (North American League) this year before suffering a left shoulder sprain in July and a right shoulder injury in August.  He worked out in Sapporo on Wednesday.

Source: Sponichi 12/20/2012

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Koji Uehara returned to Japan today.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/20/2012

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Former Orix Buffalo Alfredo Figaro signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.  From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt:

The Milwaukee Brewers added to their pitching depth Wednesday by signing right-hander Alfredo Figaro to a minor-league contract for 2013 with an invitation to their spring camp.

... "He has a good arm," said Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash. "He will compete as a starter (in spring training) and move to the pen as needed."

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Orix Buffaloes: Akinobu Okada okay with opening day game, despite loss

by on Mar.31, 2012 @ 6:44 am, under NPB
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Akinobu Okada told reporters after Friday's season opener that he was okay with Alfredo Figaro's performance (loss, three runs over five innings) and that it would have been far worse if the team lost with Chihiro Kaneko on the mound.

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Dae-Ho Lee flied out to third in foul territory in his first official NPB at bat.  He recorded a walk in his second at bat and picked up his first career NPB hit and RBI with an RBI single to center in the 6th inning.  Lee struck out swinging in his final at bat in the 9th.

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Kei Igawa will join and workout with a portion of the Ni-gun team on March 31 and join the main Ni-gun squad on April 3.  Okada told reporters that Igawa will likely have to pitch in at least one Ni-gun game before getting a call-up to the active roster.

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Orix Buffaloes: March 28, 2012

by on Mar.29, 2012 @ 6:18 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Wednesday

  • Chihiro Kaneko threw about forty pitches in the bullpen. (Sports Hochi)

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Tuesday's Ni-gun game against the Hanshin Tigers (Buffaloes 5 - Tigers 0): Hayato Terahara started the game and did not allow a run or a hit over two innings of work.  He also topped out at 145km/h. [Sponichi]

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Akinobu Okada does not plan on having Kei Igawa pitch right away and will instead have him continue his workouts until he is ready.

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Chihiro Kaneko was left off the 2012 Opening Day Roster.  Alfredo Figaro and Hayato Terahara are possible candidates to start on opening day.

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Orix Buffaloes: March 12, 2012

by on Mar.12, 2012 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB
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Hayato Terahara, Mamoru Kishida, Yuki Nishi, and Evan MacLane worked out at Hotto Motto Kobe today.

Terahara is slated to toss two innings in relief against the Yomiuri Giants on Tuesday.  Kishida is also scheduled to make an appearance on Tuesday.

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Takahiro Okada has been struggling at the plate and was dropped to the seven-hole on Sunday against the Chunichi Dragons. If he is not careful, he might bat himself out of the line-up -- Akinobu Okada told reporters that as long as he is batting seventh, he can easily be yanked from the starting line-up.

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Okada felt Alfredo Figaro was trying to hard to record strikeouts after getting two strikes on hitters during Sunday's exhibition game against the Chunichi Dragons.  Figaro gave up eight runs, all earned, on twelve hits and two walks over five innings of work.  He also topped out at 153km/h and struck out two.

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Orix Buffaloes sign Shoji Nagamine, Issei Nakamura; extend contracts on five foreign players

by on Dec.19, 2011 @ 4:33 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they signed former Chunichi Dragons LHP Shoji Nagamine (27) and OF Issei Nakamura (29).  Nagamine will be paid 7M yen and was assigned the number 69; Nakamura 6.5M yen and the number 63.  Neither player recorded any playing time at Ichi-gun this past season.

The Buffaloes also announced that Alfredo Figaro (27), Evan MacLane (29), Freddy Ballestas (25), Aarom Baldiris (28), and Ikusei Gregory Veloz (23) will all be returning next season.

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