The Chiba Lotte Marines may be close to finalizing a contract with twenty-five-year-old pitcher Dae-Eun Rhee. He may have also already checked out the facilities at QVC Marine. Lotte sees Rhee as an arm for the starting rotation.
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old pitcher Victor Garate. According to Jiji Press, the two sides agree on a one-year deal worth an estimated twenty million yen plus incentives.
The Fighters released the following statement from Garate:
I can't begin to explain how happy I am to join the Fighters organization. I have wanted to play in Japan for some time now. I am grateful to the Nippon Ham Fighters for giving me this opportunity. I will do my best to help the team win so that around this time next year we can celebrate a Nippon Series championship.
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they came to terms with twenty-seven-year-old infielder Brandon Laird.
The Fighters posted the following statement from Laird:
"I am happy to join the Nippon Ham Fighters organization. I hear that the Fighters are making good progress under Hideki Kuriyama. I am looking forward to playing for a budding team. I wish I could put on the Fighters' uniform now and head to the Sapporo Dome field where all the great fans are. I am willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win a championship."
The Chunichi Dragons are interested in twenty-seven-year-old infielder Carlos Peguero. Strikeouts are a concern, but the Dragons like his power potential. They are said to have a total budget of about 100 million yen for new acquisitions this winter. They are looking for a bargain player with potential, like last year's Mauro Gomez.
The Nippon Ham Fighters are interested in thirty-year-old pitcher Victor Garate. Garate started the year pitching in the Mexican League before heading to Taiwan where he went 7-3 in thirteen games with 2.59 ERA.
The Seibu Lions announced today that they signed Miguel Mejia (26) and Esmerling Vasquez (30) to contracts for the 2015 season after they passed tryouts with the team during fall camp. Both players signed contracts worth an estimated thirty million yen plus incentives.
According to Nikkan Sports, the Nippon Ham Fighters are close to finalizing a deal with twenty-seven-year-old infielder Brandon Laird. An announcement could be made within the next few days. The Fighters could see Laird as someone that might be able to fill the openings left by the likely departures of Eiichi Koyano and Keiji Obiki.
The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant has also mentioned the story.
The Rangers will start to create some room on their jam-packed 40-man roster by selling the rights of pitchers Miles Mikolas and Aaron Poreda to Yomiuri of the Japanese Central League, a major league source confirmed.