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[10/7/2014] Seibu Lions announce agreement with Ernesto Mejia for 2015 season

by on Oct.07, 2014 @ 10:12 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today that they reached an agreement with Ernesto Mejia for the 2015 season. No other details have been released by the press at this time.

The following statement was provided to the media by Seibu:

I am honored for the chance to return to the Seibu Lions and to once again hear the warm support from fans. I am excited to again play with my wonderful teammates, coaches, and front office. Thank you, Lions.

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE 10/8 @ 11:09pm]

Mejia left Japan out of Narita Airport on Wednesday. He reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 180 million yen plus  incentives (up from the thirty-five million yen he made this year).

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2014, Sports Hochi 10/8/2014

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[4/30/2014] Seibu Lions announce addition of Ernesto Mejia

by on Apr.30, 2014 @ 5:25 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old infielder Ernesto Mejia.  No other information is known at this time.

The Lions released the following statement from Mejia:

I am happy for this opportunity to play for the Seibu Lions and will be looking forward to experiencing Japanese baseball and culture.  I am honored to have been selected by the Seibu Lions.  I promise to play hard for the team and for the fans.

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE 5/5 @ 7:23pm]

The Lions held a press conference for Mejia at their offices in Tokorozawa on Monday.  He was assigned the number ninety-nine.  His contract is worth an estimated 350,000 US dollars plus performance bonuses.

Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 5/5/2014

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[4/26/2014] Nikkan Sports: Seibu Lions interested in Ernesto Mejia

by on Apr.26, 2014 @ 12:28 pm, under NPB
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According to Nikkan Sports, the Seibu Lions are looking for offense and could be interested in twenty-eight-year-old Ernesto Mejia.

In terms of where he would play, he could spend time at both first base and designated hitter, since Takeya Nakamura is still recovering from back tightness. There may be more options if he can, or is willing to, play the outfield (he does have some limited experience).  But more than defense, the Lions may be attracted to the righty's offensive potential -- if he can hit in the middle of the order, he would extend the line-up and help take pressure off Nakamura.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2014

[UPDATE 4/27 @ 7:40pm]

The Braves have released Mejia so that he can sign with Seibu.  From MLB.com:

Despite producing good power numbers over the past few seasons in the Braves' Minor League system, Ernesto Mejia has not been widely viewed a Major League-caliber player. But Mejia will have a chance to make some money and improve his stock as he spends the rest of this year playing for Japan's Seibu Lions.

The Braves released Mejia from their 40-man roster on Saturday to allow him the chance to sign with Seibu. Specifics of Mejia's contract and the financial return the Braves will receive were not revealed.

Source: MLB.com 4/26/2014 via Sanspo 4/27/2014

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