According to a report by Sponichi, the Nippon Ham Fighters are close to finalizing a contract with twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Anthony Bass. An announcement could be made within the next few days. The Fighters see Bass as not only a reliever, but also a potential arm for the starting rotation.
Source: Sponichi 1/8/2016
[UPDATE @ 7:53pm]
The Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with Bass. They assigned him the uniform number 52.
Source: official announcement
[UPDATE @ 11:33pm]
According to reports by the media, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 100 million yen.
Source: Chunichi Sports 1/8/2016