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[11/27/2013] Chiba Lotte Marines sign Luis Cruz; Brazell, Rosa to return in 2014

by on Nov.27, 2013 @ 2:43 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they came to terms with twenty-nine-year-old infielder Luis Cruz.  He likely signed a one-year deal worth an estimated 750,000 US dollars plus incentives.  He has not yet been assigned a number.

The Marines also announced that they re-signed Craig Brazell (33) and Carlos Rosa (29) to contracts for the 2014 season.  According to Nikkan Sports, Brazell signed for 850,000 US dollars plus incentives ad Rosa 750,000 US dollars plus incentives.

Source: official announcement (Cruz), official announcement (Brazell, Rosa), Sponichi 11/27/2023, Daily Sports 11/27/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/27/2013

UPDATE 12/1 @ 4:18am -

According to a Los Angeles Times report by Steve Dilbeck, the contract Cruz signed is actually worth 850,000 US dollars with 150,000 US dollars in incentives.

Source: Los Angeles Times 11/28/2013

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[10/22/2013] Rumors: Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.23, 2013 @ 1:49 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters are leaning toward signing Juan Miranda to a contract for the 2014 season -- his tryout has so far gone well.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2013

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The Fighters are looking to bring Kazuyuki Shirai back into the organization after parting ways with him in 2007.  Shirai could be the next in line to take over as manager after Hideki Kuriyama.

Source: ZakZak 10/22/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines might offer Toshiaki Imae a two-year deal worth about 400 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2013

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The Marines may be interested in Seibu's Hideaki Wakui and could move on him if he exercises his FA option.

Source: Sponichi 10/22/2013

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There is a good chance the Marines want Craig Brazell to return next year.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013

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Carlos Rosa and Seth Greisinger will likely return.  A decision has not yet been made on Wil Ledezma.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2013

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The entire Ichi-gun coaching staff will most likely remain intact for the 2014 season.  The team is considering whether or not to hire a head coach.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013

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There is a chance pitching coach Akio Saito will part ways with the Marines due to health issues.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes would like to hear back from Dae-Ho Lee as soon as possible, but also understand they cannot rush a decision from the slugger.  In the meantime, they are checking the international market for talent they might be able to use -- they do not plan on giving any players tryouts during fall camp.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013

[9/29/2013] Injury Updates: Nakane (YAK), Nakata (HAM), Kuriyama, German (SEI), Brazell (LOT), Itoi (ORI)

by on Sep.30, 2013 @ 1:55 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Doala (left middle finger fracture) rode a tricycle around the Nagoya Dome field on Sunday with signs that indicated he was getting better and planned to turn a back-flip during the last home game of the season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

Yakult Swallows

The media learned on Saturday that twenty-four-year-old pitcher Yuji Nakane had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on the 25th.  He will require about a year for a full recovery.  The Swallows are expected to sign Nakane to an Ikusei contract after the season.

Source: Sanspo 9/29/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata (left pinky) took indoor batting practice today for the first time since his injury.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

Seibu Lions

Takumi Kuriyama took an HBP off his head in the 6th inning of Sunday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines.  Kuriyama left the field for treatment and was able to return to play out the rest of the game.

Lotte's Wil Ledezma was tossed for throwing the dangerous pitch.  He is the eleventh pitcher to get tossed for throwing a dangerous pitch this season (eighth in the PL).

Source: Sponichi 9/29/2013

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Esteban German was pulled from Sunday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines on defense in the 4th inning because of discomfort in his neck.

A team spokesperson told the media German was pulled as a precaution because he felt discomfort in his neck while swinging the bat.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Craig Brazell tweaked his left ankle during his at bat in the 3rd inning of Sunday's game against the Seibu Lions.  He remained in the game but was replaced by a pinch-runner in the 6th because the ankle was feeling worse.  Brazell told reporters that he should be ok to play on Monday.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/29/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Yoshio Itoi was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning of Saturday's game against Nippon Ham because he was not feeling well -- his eyes were giving him problems and he had a headache.  The problems went away with some rest and oxygen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

[8/18/2013] Injury Updates: Araki (CHU), Balentien, Milledge (YAK), Nakamura (SEI), Shima (RAK), Brazell (LOT)

by on Aug.18, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Masahiro Araki was taken off the active roster today with pain in his left quadriceps muscle.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien hurt his left leg and was replaced by a pinch-runner after hitting a single to left in the 6th.  There are no plans for him to go to the hospital at this point in time.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013

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The Swallows announced that Lastings Milledge will return to the US on Monday to get his left ankle examined.  There is no time table for his return.

Source: Sanspo 8/18/2013

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura played in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on Saturday.  He was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 0-for-1 with two walks.  Nakamura complained of left shoulder discomfort while swinging the bat.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Motohiro Shima hurt his left shoulder while trying to make a play at home plate with Esteban German charging down the line in the 9th inning of tonight's game against the Seibu Lions.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Craig Brazell left tonight's game against the Orix Buffaloes after he took an HBP off his right elbow during his at bat in the 6th.  He was examined at a hospital in Chiba and diagnosed with a bruise (no damage to the bone).  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013, Daily Sports 8/18/2013

[6/22/2013] Chiba Lotte Marines sign Craig Brazell to one-year deal

by on Jun.22, 2013 @ 2:23 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they signed thirty-three-year-old Craig Brazell to a one-year deal worth an estimated US$150,000 plus performance bonuses.  He is scheduled to arrive in Japan some time this month.

Source: official announcementDaily Sports 6/22/2013

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UPDATE 6/25 @ 11:51am

Brazell has reportedly been assigned the number thirty-two.

Source: Sanspo 6/25/2013

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Craig Brazell signs with the St. Paul Saints

by on Feb.10, 2013 @ 3:11 pm, under Other
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For those wondering about Craig Brazell:

Saints Say "Okaerinasai" To Former Major Leaguer Craig Brazell

He donned the St. Paul Saints uniform for just one week in 2009, but he left an indelible mark.  Infielder Craig Brazell, who destroyed American Association pitching, has just re-signed with the Saints after spending the last four seasons launching long balls in Japan.

Source: official announcement

Craig Brazell has not received any offers from Japan

by on Dec.06, 2012 @ 11:53 pm, under MLB, NPB
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Former Hanshin Tiger Craig Brazell is at the Winter Meetings.

"I have not been contacted by any teams in Japan.  I am starting to consider other options. There is only so much I can do by myself in terms of training.  I will also lose the feel for playing in games.  I want to prepare myself so that I can play at any moment.  I want to find a place where I can play in games.  That might end up being the minor leagues," said Brazell.

Brazell would still like to end his career in Japan.  If he does not get any offers from Japan, he may try to find a team he can play for in the US with hopes that an NPB team will take notice.

Source: Sanspo 12/6/2012

Rakuten Eagles looking into Craig Brazell

by on Nov.22, 2012 @ 10:10 am, under NPB
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According to a number of reports, the Rakuten Eagles are looking into Craig Brazell (32).

Brazell did not have a very good season this year, but Rakuten officials feel he might bounce back next year.  The four foreign players the Eagles' carried this year -- Jose Fernandez, Luis Garcia, Luis Terrero, and Brett Harper -- did not do much better and were released after the season.

Source: Sponichi 11/22/2012, Daily Sports 11/22/2012, Sports Hochi 11/22/2012

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Softbank Hawks looking into Craig Brazell

by on Oct.21, 2012 @ 4:18 pm, under NPB
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According to reports by Sports Hochi, the Softbank Hawks are looking into Craig Brazell as a possible replacement for Hiroki Kokubo at first base.  They also like that he is a left-handed bat with pop and can break up right-handed hitters Seiichi Uchikawa, Wily Mo Pena, and Nobuhiro Matsuda.

Nobuhiko Matsunaka is a possible internal candidate, but there is concern if he can stay healthy over the course of a full season.

Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 10/21/2012, Sports Hochi 10/21/2012