The Rakuten Eagles announced on Monday that they signed Sergio Mitre and Loek Van Mil to Ikusei contracts. Mitre was assigned the number 129, Van Mil the number 146. Their salary will be an estimated 2.4 million yen a piece.
Mitre: I am grateful to the organization for this chance to play for the team as an Ikusei player. I will do my best as a member of the Eagles. I will stay healthy and try to make it to Ichi-gun as soon as possible. I lost about two years, but I am happy to play. I will work hard to make it to the seventy-man roster and hope to bring Tohoku fans joy by winning.
Van Mil: I am very grateful for the chance to sign this Ikusei contract. I participated in Kumejima camp as a tryout player and each day my feelings for the team grew stronger. I will study Japanese baseball because I want to do well and seize this opportunity.