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[12/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.21, 2014 @ 2:11 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hayato Sakamoto agreed to a raise of forty million yen and will make an estimated 220 million next season. He joined Hideki Matsui as the only Yomiuri position player lifers out of high school in franchise history to top 200 million yen. Source: Sponichi 12/20/2014, Sanspo 12/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Bass is open to the idea of being a special instructor during spring camp. Source: Sponichi 12/20/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masato Kobayashi (34) retired after the season and will join the media relations staff. Source: Sponichi 12/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The turf at Jingu Stadium will be replaced during the off-season for the first time since 2008 (Hibrid Turf Exciting will be installed). Construction will be complete in January. The new turf will be unveiled to the general public during an exhibition game against Lotte on March 20. Source: official announcement, Sanspo 12/20/2014
  • The alternate Tokyo uniforms will most likely be used during home game against the Yomiuri Giants in April and August. The Giants could also wear their alternate Tokyo uniforms. Source: Sports Hochi 12/20/2014

[12/16/2014] Rumors: Chihiro Kaneko, Matt Murton, Kenta Maeda

by on Dec.17, 2014 @ 1:27 am, under NPB
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman is reporting that Kyuji Fujikawa's (34) one-year deal with the Texas Rangers is for one million US dollars plus bonuses. Source: Jon Heyman Tweet 12/15/2014 ... The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Stefan Stevens also tweeted that the one million is guaranteed and includes a club option. Source: Stefan Stevens Tweet 12/16/2014

The Chunichi Dragons spoke to the Baseball Federation of Cuba in early December and were recommended two pitchers. The Dragons declined but are still considering possibilities. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

The media learned on Monday that the Hanshin Tigers may have reached out to Chihiro Kaneko's agent earlier this month and offered a multi-year deal that may have been for about three years. Source: Sports Hochi 12/16/2014, Sanspo 12/16/2014 ... According to Nikkan Sports, the Tigers could offer up to three years at about 1.5 million yen. Kaneko is planning to narrow down his option to two or three teams and could make a decision before the end of the year. Hanshin might also be okay with posting him after two years. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

The Tigers announced that they reached an agreement with Matt Murton (33) for the 2015 season. The two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated 3.9 million US dollars. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014, Daily Sports 12/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

Kenta Maeda (26) is planning to let the Hiroshima Carp know that he is still strongly interested in playing in the Majors when he meets team officials during preliminary salary negotiations. Source: Daily Sports 12/16/2014

Toru Hosokawa (34) finished off the final year of a four-year contract this season. He met the Softbank Hawks on Tuesday for contract negotiations and agreed to a new two-year deal. His salary next season will be an estimated 100 million yen (up thirty-six million yen). Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are planning to add Darrell Rasner (33) to their staff as a US-based scout. An announcement is expected in the next few days. Source: Sponichi 12/16/2014

[12/15/2014] Chunichi Dragons finalize agreements with Valdes, Rivas, and Nanita

by on Dec.15, 2014 @ 6:49 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons announced that they reached agreements with pitchers Raul Valdes (37) and Amaury Rivas (28), and outfielder Ricardo Nanita (33). Valdes was assigned the number 44, Rivas the number 42, and Nanita the number 60.

The media is reporting that Valdes agreed to a deal worth 400,000 US dollars, Rivas to 250,000 US dollars, and Nanita 300,000 US dollars. Each player also got a signing bonus of 50,000 US dollars.

Source: official announcement, Sanspo 12/15/2014, Sponichi 12/15/2014

[12/14/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult, Rakuten, Softbank

by on Dec.15, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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Central League

Yomiuri Giants

  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto has a shot at making Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Sponichi 12/14/2014, Daily Sports 12/14/2014 ... Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone, third round draft pick Hayato Takagi, and fourth round draft pick Daiki Tanaka could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp as well. Source: Sports Hochi 12/14/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka (right elbow) should be okay to hold his pre-season Toin workouts in January. He will also most likely head to Ichi-gun spring camp because of the warmer weather in Okinawa. Source: Daily Sports 12/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2014
  • Kosuke Fukudome does not think there is a better center fielder in the NPB than Yamato and would like to see him stay put, instead of move to short. Source: Daily Sports 12/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2014
  • Tomoyuki Kubota is slated to join the staff as a batting practice pitcher next season. Source: Sanpso 12/14/2014
  • The Tigers announced on Sunday that they finalized terms for the 2015 season with Randy Messenger (33). Messenger will be in the second year of a two-year deal next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/14/2014, Daily Sports 12/14/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons have not made official announcements about Raul Valdes and Ricardo Nanita because they are still in the process of finalizing terms with them. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/14/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hisanori Takahashi's registered name this season was Hisanori. He is thinking about submitting a request to change it Hisa Takahashi next year. He was registered as Hisa Takahashi during the ten years he was with the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Sponichi 12/14/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka has plans for a five-man rotation with a spot for a sixth man as needed. Yasuhiro Ogawa, Masanori Ishikawa, and Yoshihisa Naruse will most likely take the first three spots in the rotation. They could be followed by Taichi Ishiyama and Toshihiro Sugiura. The last spot could come down to pitchers like Ryosuke Yagi, Takeaki Tokuyama, Yoshinori Sato, and Shohei Tateyama. Source: Sponichi 12/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2014

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Pacific League

Rakuten Eagles

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenichi Nakata has been messing around with a shuto for the last few years. He has not thrown it during games, but is thinking about using the pitch next season if it is good enough. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/14/2014
  • The Hawks returned to Japan on Sunday from their championship trip to Hawaii. About 200 fans greeted them at Fukuoka Airport. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/14/2014

[12/12/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Dec.13, 2014 @ 1:25 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Eighth round draft pick Masashi Yamamoto would like to register his full name with the NPB to avoid identification problems with Masahiro Yamamoto. Yamamoto could go with Masa Yamamoto, but does not want to step on Masahiro Yamamoto's toes, since the veteran is already registered as Masa Yamamoto (different Kanji, same reading). Source: Sports Hochi 12/12/2014, Sponichi 12/12/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

[12/12/2014] Chunichi Dragons to sign Amaury Rivas

by on Dec.12, 2014 @ 4:29 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons came to terms with twenty-eight-year-old Amaury Rivas. Head coach Shigekazu Mori returned from his scouting trip to the Dominican Republic on Thursday and told reporters that they had been keeping their eye on the righty for a few years. Rivas is currently playing winter ball with the Aguilas Cibaenas and is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA over five games (three starts).

The Dragons have also reached agreements with Raul Valdes and Ricardo Nanita.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2014, Sports Hochi 12/12/2014, Winter Ball Stats (MLB.com)

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[12/11/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.12, 2014 @ 2:41 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Daiki Enokida will pitch in whatever role the team assigns him, but would like to know how he will be used sooner rather than later, so that he can prepare accordingly. He asked the team during salary negotiations on Wednesday if they could let him know as soon as possible. Source: Sanspo 12/11/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Head coach Shigekazu Mori returned to Japan on Thursday from his overseas scouting trip. Mori was checking on talent in the Dominican Republic. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2014

Yakult Swallows

[12/11/2014] Chunichi Dragons introduce 2014 Draft Class

by on Dec.11, 2014 @ 10:01 pm, under NPB
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Ord Name JPN Team DOB HT/WT POS T/B Level Uni Bonus Contract Date
1 Nomura, Ryosuke 野村 亮介 CHU 1993/07/09 187/85 P R/R Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Yokohama 20 100,000,000
50,000,000
15,000,000 11/29
2 Hamada, Tomohiro 浜田 智博 CHU 1992/10/01 183/75 P L/L Kyushu Sangyo University 47 70,000,000 10,000,000 11/23
3 Tomonaga, Shota 友永 翔太 CHU 1991/04/01 170/74 OF R/L Nippon Tsuun 1 55,000,000 10,000,000 11/21
4 Ishikawa, Shun 石川 駿 CHU 1990/05/26 178/82 INF R/R JX-ENEOS 9 50,000,000 10,000,000 11/19
5 Kato, Takuma 加藤 匠馬 CHU 1992/04/29 175/74 C R/R Aoyama Gakuin University 39 35,000,000 8,000,000 11/16
6 Iryo, Masataka 井領 雅貴 CHU 1989/11/04 174/82 OF R/L JX-ENEOS 26 40,000,000 10,000,000 11/19
7 Endo, Issei 遠藤 一星 CHU 1989/03/23 182/78 INF R/L Tokyo Gas 23 50,000,000 10,000,000 11/13
8 Yamamoto, Masashi 山本 雅士 CHU 1994/11/03 173/78 P R/L Tokushima Indigo Socks 51 15,000,000 6,000,000 11/11
9 Kaneko, Takeshi 金子 丈 CHU 1993/02/25 189/90 P R/R Osaka Shogyo University 50 15,000,000 6,000,000 11/07
I1 Sato, Yuichi 佐藤 雄偉知 CHU 1996/09/30 192/95 P R/R TokaiDai Sagami High School Did not sign
I2 Ishigaki, Kodai 石垣 幸大 CHU 1996/08/08 180/76 P R/R Inabe Sogo High School 211 2,000,000 3,000,000 11/10
I3 Fujiyoshi, Masaru 藤吉 優 CHU 19993/08/07 180/74 C R/L Shugakukan High School 207 2,000,000 3,000,000 11/04
I4 Kondo, Hiroki 近藤 弘基 CHU 1993/02/12 179/7.8 OF R/R Meijo University 213 2,000,000 3,000,000 11/26

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Source: official announcement, official team draft page

[12/10/2014] Rumors: Rick VandenHurk, Kyuji Fujikawa, Yulieski Gourriel

by on Dec.11, 2014 @ 2:50 am, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines received Yakult's list of protected players on the 9th. Lotte has until January 6, but will try to reach a decision before the end of the year. They are planning to select a player as part of their compensation for losing Yoshihisa Naruse. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014

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Kyuji Fujikawa will most likely play in the United States next year. A source close to the situation told reporters that the pitcher did not have to consider returning to Japan because there was enough MLB interest. Source: Daily Sports 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

The Softbank Hawks have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with Rick VandenHurk (29). An announcement is expected within the next couple of days. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

Yoshihisa Hirano (30) signed a three-year deal worth 900 million yen. At 300 million a year, he became the highest paid pitcher in franchise history. Hirano likes Orix and feels strongly about winning a championship with them and never considered playing for another team this year. He is slated to earn his international FA option after next season. He is planning to stay with Orix over the next three years, but was unwilling to commit to the organization for the rest of his career when asked by reporters on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014, Sports Hochi 12/10/2014, Sponichi 12/10/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars may have offered Yulieski Gourriel (30) a one-year deal worth about 350 million yen, in addition to a two-year deal worth as much as 700 million yen. A representative is currently in Cuba handling negotiations. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014

The Yakult Swallows may have offered Yuhei (30) fifty-eight million for 2015 (a raise of about forty-five million). The outfielder placed the offer on hold because he was expecting more. Since this was his first full season at Ichi-gun, he had his management company rate his season. There was a gap between what Yakult offered and what his management company estimated. The Swallows sweetened their deal during the meeting, but have no plans to add to it. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

Ryosuke Hirata (26) met Chunichi Dragons' officials on Wednesday for about ninety minutes and agreed to a deal worth an estimated forty-seven million yen in 2015 (twelve million raise). The amount remained unchanged since the first round of negotiations, but time and a better understanding of the team's rating system was enough to get Hirata to sign. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014, Daily Sports 12/10/2014, Sponichi 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

Atori Ota (25) agreed to a deal worth an estimated 9.5 million yen (a salary cut of three million) on Wednesday. It was Ota's second meeting with Yokohama Bay Star officials. It was the same offer he received during his first meeting. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014