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Seibu Lions close to re-signing Ortiz, German, and Williams

by on Nov.22, 2012 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Seibu Lions' team director Haruhiko Suzuki spoke to reporters today and said the team was close to re-signing Jose Ortiz (35), Esteban German (34), and Randy Williams (37) to contracts for the 2013 season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2012

In other team news...

The Lions announced a list of uniform number changes: Ortiz from 14 to 8; Masamitsu Hirano from 19 to 23; Ryo Hayashizaki from 00 to 45; Fumikazu Kimura from 41 to 51; and Michael Nakamura from 69 to 121.  New Ikusei players Anyenil Mendoza and Abner Abreu were assigned the numbers 124 and 125, respectively.  Source: official announcement

Shotaro Tashiro lost ten kilograms over the course of the regular season and plans to regain it during the winter.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2012

Hisanobu Watanabe feels Tatsuya Oishi and Ryo Sakata could become key players next year -- Oishi out of the bullpen and Sakata in the outfield.  Source: Sanspo 11/22/2012

Hiroyuki Nakajima returned to Japan today and is scheduled to attend fan appreciation day on Friday.  Source: Sponichi 11/22/2012

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Seibu Lions sign Anyenil Mendoza, Abner Abreu to Ikusei contracts

by on Nov.20, 2012 @ 5:26 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today that they signed Anyenil Mendoza and Abner Abreu to Ikusei contracts.  The Lions released the following statements from the two players.

Mendoza: "I am thankful for the opportunity to play in Japan next year.  I will do my best to make the seventy-man roster as soon as possible."

Abreu: "I pass the tryout and signed a contract today.  I am thankful.  I would like to get used to playing in Japan as soon as possible and will do my best to make the seventy-man roster."

Source: official announcement

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UPDATE @ 7:14pm - The Ikusei deals for both players include a 3.2M yen salary next season and a 1.6M yen signing bonus.  They two players will also live out of the player dorm.  Source: Sports Hochi 11/20/2012

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Seibu Lions to give three players from the Dominican Republic a tryout

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Seibu Lions to give three players from the Dominican Republic a tryout

by on Oct.27, 2012 @ 2:02 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced that they will be giving Anyenil Mendoza (22), Abner Abreu (23), and Deivy Batista (24) a tryout during their fall Ichi-gun/Ni-gun joint practices that begin on November 1 at Seibu Dome.

Source: Sanspo 10/27/2012

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