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[3/28/2016] Orix Buffaloes: Yoshio Itoi earns domestic FA option

by on Mar.28, 2016 @ 10:26 pm, under NPB
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Yoshio Itoi earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. He started his career with Nippon Ham in 2004 and was traded to Orix before the 2013 season. He agreed to a one-year deal with Orix during the off-season and is slated to turn thirty-five in July.

Source: Sponichi 3/28/2016

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[11/9/2015] Softbank Hawks: Nobuhiro Matsuda to exercise FA option

by on Nov.09, 2015 @ 12:27 pm, under NPB
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The media learned on November 9 that Nobuhiro Matsuda is planning to exercise his international FA option. Nikkan Sports is reporting that Matsuda is choosing between the Softbank Hawks and MLB. Sponichi goes into a little more detail and adds that the thirty-two-year-old infielder was happy with Softbank's offer, but wanted to exercise his option for more time to think about whether or not he wanted to pursue his dream of playing in the Majors. Sponichi also mentions the San Diego Padres as one of a number of MLB teams that might be interested in Matsuda.

Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2015, Daily Sports 11/9/2015, Sports Hochi 11/9/2015, Chunichi Sports 11/9/2015, Sponichi 11/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/9/2015

[UPDATE @ 6:47pm]

Tokyo Sports posted the following excerpt from a statement made by Matsuda:

Many baseball players dream of playing in the Majors. I wasn't necessarily the exception, but the Majors felt out of reach so I never imagined it would be a possibility for me.

But, it is also true that with this opportunity to represent Japan and play against teams from other countries that I developed a much stronger desire to become better.

In hearing from players with MLB experience and seeing my name in the news, I started wondering if I could actually play in the Majors, if someone out there might be willing to give a chance. If I want to find out, now is the best time.

I know it won't be easy at my age and with my skill set, but baseball lives are short and to make sure I have no regrets, I decided to exercise my FA option to gauge interest.

This option isn't about going to another team, it's about wanting to find out what MLB teams think of me and if there might be an opportunity for me to play in the Majors.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/9/2015

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[9/21/2015] Yakult Swallows: Yuichi Matsumoto earns domestic FA option

by on Sep.21, 2015 @ 5:08 pm, under NPB
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Yuichi Matsumoto (34) earned his domestic FA option on September 20 with eight years of service time on the active roster. He told reporters he was grateful to the Swallows for keeping him around and giving him the chance to earn the option. He also said that while he was happy to have the option, he did not plan on using it.

Source: Sponichi 9/21/2015

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[9/14/2015] Rakuten Eagles: Motohiro Shima earns international FA option

by on Sep.14, 2015 @ 6:35 pm, under NPB
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Motohiro Shima (30) earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster. Shima earned his domestic option last year and kept the option when he decided to stay with the Rakuten Eagles for at least one more year. The catcher told reporters he wanted to think about his options after the season.

Source: Sponichi 9/14/2015, Sports Hochi 9/14/2015

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[9/10/2015] Yakult Swallows: Shinichi Takeuchi earns domestic FA option

by on Sep.10, 2015 @ 7:55 pm, under NPB
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Shinichi Takeuchi earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of service time of the active roster. He told reporters he was grateful to the team for using him over the years and that he had not thought about the option.

Source: Sponichi 9/10/2015

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[8/18/2015] Lotte’s Saburo and Hiroshima’s Arai re-earn FA options

by on Aug.18, 2015 @ 6:04 pm, under NPB
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Saburo (39) earned his second FA option today. He earned and exercised his first option after the 2011 season and returned to Lotte after a trade earlier in the year send him to the Yomiuri Giants.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2015

Takahiro Arai (38) earned his third FA option today. He earned and exercised his first option after the 2007 and signed with the Hanshin Tigers. He earned and exercised his second option after the 2011 season and re-signed with the Tigers.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/18/2015

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