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.
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