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[7/30/2014] Rakuten Eagles announce agreement with Nick Evans

by on Jul.30, 2014 @ 6:48 pm, under NPB
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The Eagles announced today that they finalized a deal with twenty-eight-year-old infielder Nick Evans.  He has been assigned the number three.  According to a report at Sports Hochi, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated thirty-five million yen.

Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 7/30/2014

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[7/27/2014] Rakuten Eagles to sign twenty-eight-year-old infielder Nick Evans

by on Jul.27, 2014 @ 1:56 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles are either in the process of finalizing, or have already finalized, a deal with twenty-eight-year-old infielder Nick Evans.  Reports out of the US indicate that a deal is done and in place.  The Eagles have yet to make an official announcement.

The Eagles started looking into Evans when they found out Zach Lutz suffered a fracture in his right thumb and might require about six weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2014, Sports Hochi 7/27/2014, Sponichi 7/27/2014

[UPDATE @ 2:04pm]

Rakuten official Hiroshi Abei on negotiations: "Including necessary paperwork, we're at the medical examination stage so there's little I can say. ... We hope he can stay healthy.  Discussions have gone well."

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2014

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[7/17/2014] Yomiuri Giants announce addition of Hector Mendoza

by on Jul.17, 2014 @ 6:22 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they finalized at agreement with twenty-year-old Cuba pitcher Hector Mendoza.  He has been assigned the number ninety-four.  The Giants also agreed to take on a pitching coach as part of their friendship agreement with the Baseball Federation of Cuba.

Mendoza's statement:

I am happy to sign a contract with a popular Japanese team, the Yomiuri Giants.  I have confidence in my fastball and I feel my strength is aggressively attacking the inside corners.  I would like to make it to Ichi-gun as soon as possible so that I can help the team win.  I will also do my best to improve the image of Cuban baseball.

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE 7/18 @ 9:57am]

According to Sponichi, the contract will run through to the end of the season and is worth an estimated five million yen.

Source: Sponichi 7/18/2014

[7/15/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines finalize deal for Alfredo Despaigne

by on Jul.15, 2014 @ 1:53 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they finalized a deal for twenty-eight-year-old outfielder Alfredo Despaigne.  A uniform number has not yet been assigned.  Lotte officials Shinya Yamamuro and Nobuhira Hayashi were in Cuba for negotiations and will be returning to Japan on Wednesday.  Despaigne's arrival date has not been set.

Despaigne's statement:

I am happy for the opportunity to play in Japan.  Japanese people are polite and kind and they play great baseball.  They work hard as a team and practice a lot.  I saw how good they are during the WBC.  Frederich Cepeda and Yulieski Gourriel are my friends and we played together on the national team.  They are great people.  I am looking forward to seeing them in Japan.  I want to do my best to help the Marines win.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014, Jiji Press 7/15/2014, Daily Sports 7/15/2014, Sponichi 7/15/2014, NHK 7/15/2014

[UPDATE 7/16 @ 10:44am]

According to Sponichi, the two sides agreed to a contract worth an estimated US$700,000.  Sanspo mentions a possible two-year deal.

Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014, Sanspo 7/16/2014

[UPDATE 7/16 @ 6:58pm]

Despaigne could arrive in Japan in time for the Nippon Ham series that begins on the 29th.

Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014

[7/14/2014] Sanspo: Chiba Lotte Marines closing in on Alfredo Despaigne

by on Jul.14, 2014 @ 3:14 pm, under NPB
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According to Sanspo, the Chiba Lotte Marines are working on a deal to bring twenty-eight-year-old outfielder Alfredo Despaigne to Japan.  They are reportedly in the final stages of negotiations (Lotte official Nobuhira Hayashi is now in Cuba as well) and could be close to making an announcement within the next few days.

Source: Sanspo 7/14/2014

[7/1/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines looking into Alfredo Despaigne

by on Jul.01, 2014 @ 11:26 am, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines are looking into twenty-eight-year-old outfielder Alfredo Despaigne.  According to a number of unnamed sources, Lotte officials, including Nobuhira Hayashi, have already checked Despaigne in Cuba.  Hayashi is neither denying or confirming the reports.

Source: Sponichi 7/1/2014, Sports Hochi 7/1/2014

[6/16/2014] Rakuten Eagles finalize deal with Zach Lutz

by on Jun.16, 2014 @ 7:48 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they agreed to terms with twenty-eight-year-old infielder Zach Lutz.  They assigned him the number nine.

The media is reporting that the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth a total estimated forty million yen.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 6/16/2014, Sponichi 6/16/2014, Jiji Press 6/16/2014

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[6/12/2014] Rakuten Eagles to sign Zach Lutz

by on Jun.12, 2014 @ 4:16 pm, under NPB
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According to a number of reports, including a tweet by ESPN's Adam Rubin, the Rakuten Eagles are in the process of signing twenty-eight-year-old infielder Zach Lutz.  Sanspo reports the two sides will finalize a deal as soon as his work visa clears.

The Eagles signed John Bowker to help fill the loss created by Kevin Youkilis' injury.  But they were still looking for a right-handed infielder with some pop.  Lutz could split time with Ginji at first base once the Inter-league season ends and Andruw Jones goes back to being a full-time designated hitter.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/12/2014, Sanspo 6/12/2014, Sponichi 6/12/2014, Daily Sports 6/12/2014

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[6/4/2014] Rakuten Eagles sign Rhiner Cruz to one-year deal

by on Jun.04, 2014 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they signed twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Rhiner Cruz to a one-year deal worth an estimated twenty million yen.  He has been assigned the number forty-nine.   The Eagles are hoping Cruz can help bolster the starting rotation.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 6/4/2014, Sports Hochi 6/4/2014

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