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[3/16/2015] Hanshin Tigers agree to terms with Mario Santiago

by on Mar.17, 2015 @ 1:50 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers held a press conference on March 16 to announce their agreement with thirty-year-old pitcher Mario Santiago. He was assigned the uniform number 41. According to various reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 125,000 US dollars (or about fifteen million yen).

Santiago told the press during his press conference that he received an offer from a minor league team in the United States, but turned it down for the chance to play in Japan.

Source: official announcement, Chunichi Sports 3/16/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/16/2015

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[3/9/2015] Rakuten Eagles officially announce Wily Mo Pena agreement

by on Mar.09, 2015 @ 5:14 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-three-year-old Wily Mo Pena. The media is reporting that the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth seventy million yen. He was assigned the uniform number 42. Pena's work visa has cleared. He is slated to join the team on March 10.

The Eagles also announced that Kenny Ray's uniform number will change from 42 to 12.

Source: official announemcent (Pena), official announcement (Ray), Daily Sports 3/9/2015, Sponichi 3/9/2015, Sports Hochi 3/9/2015, NHK News 3/9/2015

[2/25/2015] Hanshin Tigers may be closing in on an agreement with Mario Santiago

by on Feb.25, 2015 @ 11:15 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers are looking for insurance in case one of their four foreign players gets hurt during the season and may be closing in on an agreement with thirty-year-old pitcher Mario Santiago.

"Things are moving in a positive direction. He could come [to Japan] in mid-March. He can start and relieve. He knows about the lack of foreign player slots. He will be waiting at Ni-gun for a shot [at the active roster]," said general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2015, Sponichi 2/25/2015

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[2/16/2015] Orix Buffaloes sign Francisco Caraballo

by on Feb.17, 2015 @ 12:48 am, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old outfielder Francisco Caraballo and assigned him the uniform number 99. The media is reporting the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated ten million yen. This will be Caraballo's second tour of duty with the Buffaloes.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 2/16/2015, Sponichi 2/16/2015

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[2/2/2015] Yokohama Bay Stars announce agreement with Yulieski and Yunielkis Gourriel

by on Feb.02, 2015 @ 2:13 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they reached agreements with Yulieski Gourriel (30) and Yunielkis Gourriel (21). Yulieski will keep the uniform number 10. Yunielkis was assigned the number 91.

The Bay Stars also announced that Yoslan Herrera the uniform number 53.

Source: official announcement, official announcement

[UPDATE 2/3 @ 3:54pm]

According to Nikkan Sports, Yulieski agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 350 million yen. Yunielkis, aka Lourdes, agreed to a two-year deal worth thirty-five million yen a year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2015

[UPDATE 2/4 @ 2:46am]

Sponichi reports the Yulieski deal to be worth an estimated 500 million yen (350 million yen plus signing bonus) and the Yunielkis two-year deal to be worth a total estimated fifty million yen.

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2015

[1/26/2015] Hiroshima signs Danilo DeJesus to an Ikusei contract

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 11:18 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they signed twenty-seven-year-old Danilo DeJesus to an Ikusei contract. He was assigned the uniform number 144. A report at Sports Hochi mentions that the two side agreed a deal worth 2,310,687 yen with a signing bonus of one million yen. DeJesus was signed out of the organization's baseball academy in the Dominican Republic. Prior to this year, he was a player in training (renshusei).

Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 1/26/2015, Jiji Press 1/26/2015

[1/26/2015] Rakuten Eagles reach agreements with Kenny Ray and Jim Heuser

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 5:28 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they reached agreements with Kenny Ray (40) and Jim Heuser (30). Ray was assigned the number 42 and Heuser 97. According to Daily Sports, both pitchers agreed to one-year deals worth an estimated twelve million yen. Ray is slated to arrive in Japan on the 28th, Heuser on the 29th.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 1/26/2015

[1/19/2015] Yokohama Bay Stars reach agreeement with Yoslan Herrera, pending physical

by on Jan.19, 2015 @ 5:18 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they reached an agreement with Yoslan Herrera (33), pending a physical. Additional details, like press conference schedule and uniform number, will be released as it becomes available.

According to Daily Sports, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated thirty million yen.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 1/19/2015

[UPDATE @ 6:30pm]

Sponichi puts the value of the contract at an estimated 250,000 US dollars (or about 29.25 million yen).

Source: Sponichi 1/19/2015

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[1/9/2015] Yokohama Bay Stars could be finalizing deal with Yoslan Herrera

by on Jan.09, 2015 @ 9:31 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in thirty-three-year-old right-handed pitcher Yoslan Herrera. The Bay Stars see Herrera as a closing candidate.

The two sides may already be in the middle of negiations and could be at a point where they only have to work out the details. An announcement could be made soon.

Source: Nikkan Sportws 1/9/2015

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[1/8/2015] Rakuten Eagles announce agreement with Gaby Sanchez

by on Jan.08, 2015 @ 5:08 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced earlier today that they came to terms with thirty-one-year-old infielder Gaby Sanchez. He was assigned the uniform number 3. The media is reporting the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 250 million yen.

The Eagles released the following comment from Sanchez:

I am grateful for the opportunity to play in Japan, to play for the Rakuten Eagles. My family and I will treasure everything we experience in Japan. I can't wait to play in front of the Japanese fans. I will do my best every day to help the team win.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015, Daily Sports 1/8/2015, Jiji Press 1/8/2015

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