According to a tweet by the Denver Posts' Troy Renck, Eric Stults has an out clause in his minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies that will allow him to re-join the Hiroshima Carp for US$100K (about 8M yen) if he doesn't make the MLB roster. (via Nikkan Sports)
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It appears Dioni Soriano complained of elbow pains after a Ni-gun start on the 15th against Softbank. And because of that, it seems the Carp might be stuck with keeping Eric Stults at Ichi-gun for the time being despite two straight bad starts in a row: 8 earned runs allowed over 6 innings on 8/12 vs Hanshin and 6 earned runs allowed over 4 innings on 8/19 vs Yakult.
Up until now, the team had been swapping Soriano and Stults as needed. But until Hiroshima knows for sure that Soriano is ok, they probably won't risk sending him up to Ichi-gun.
=== 4/8/2010 10:45pm JST
The Carp held a press conference on Thursday to introduce Stults to the media.
=== 3/31/2010 9:53pm JST
It's official: Stults signed a 1-year deal with the Carp worth 70M yen plus a 5M yen signing bonus. His uniform number with the team will be 24.
=== 3/31/2010 4:01am JST
Seems like Eric Stults will be heading to Japan (via MLB.com):
Teammates Tuesday said a deal that would sell Stults' contract to a team in Japan is imminent. Stults said he was told by his agent that it was premature to speak about it with reporters, and that a resolution might not occur until Wednesday. He did not work out with the club.
The Dodgers could not confirm a deal, but the left-hander was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday in Tucson against the Rockies, and manager Joe Torre confirmed that Stults was no longer in the running to be his fifth starter.
Wonder if it's the Hanshin Tigers. AFAIK, they were the last team linked to him.
No, he appears to be heading to the Hiroshima Carp.
=== 3/21/2010 7:35pm JST
Other names being tossed around: Jo-Jo Reyes (Atlanta Braves) and Jack Taschner (Pittsburgh Pirates)
=== 3/20/2010 1:40pm JST
Looks like the Hanshin Tigers are now interested in Eric Stults. The Chiba Lotte Marines were originally linked to Stults, but backed off because of how much money it would cost to get him to Japan.
The Tigers have deeper pockets than the Marines, along with much higher expectations.
This seems more like a panic move to me, especially on the heals of the news that Minoru Iwata won't be ready for the regular season and another bad outing by Casey Fossum. Yasutomo Kubo's shaky outing probably didn't make things any better.
The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning on heading to the US sometime in January to continue contract negotiations with Eric Stults. The Marines are looking to use Stults as a starter.
If the Marines can't sign him, they may turn their attention to Romulo Sanchez.
The team is one player away from finalizing their roster for the 2010 season.
The Marines appear to have signed 36-year-old former Yomiuri Giant Bryan Corey to a 1-year deal worth 27M yen. An official contract likely won't be signed until some time in January.
Chiba may also be ready to announce a deal with Bill Murphy at some point next week. They are still talking to Eric Stults and likely won't come to any agreement until the start of the new year. If that doesn't pan out, the Marines will likely shift their attention to 25-year-old Romulo Sanchez (NYY).
The Chiba Lotte Marines are keeping their eye on 29-year-old, left-handed pitcher Eric Stults.
The Marines would be looking for Stults to provide some help in their rotation.
The team is also in the process of working out a deal with Bill Murphy, but they feel he's better suited to a bullpen role.
The Marines will likely wait to see what the Dodgers do with Stults before making any final decisions.
=== UPDATE 12:27pm JST
I probably should have also mentioned that the team is guessing it'll take close to 100M yen to get him to sign with the team.