According to at least two reports, the Chiba Lotte Marines have an interest in forty-two-year-old Jose Contreras and could give him a tryout during fall camp this year. The starting rotation has struggled this season and the Marines believe Contreras might have enough left in the tank to help in 2015. The veteran righty has also reportedly expressed an interest in ending his career in Japan.
Tag: Foreign Interest
The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they signed left-handed twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Dan Runzler. He was assigned the number twelve.
Runzler will start things out at Ni-gun. They see him as a starter and reliever and will most likely decide on his role based on need.
The two sides agreed to a contract through to the end of the season that is worth an estimated 250,000 US dollars.
Source: Daily Sports 7/31/2014
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.
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.
[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
The Hiroshima Carp announced that they came to terms with twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Deunte Heath. The two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 22.9 million yen plus incentives. He has been assigned the number seventy.
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.
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
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.
[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.
[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
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
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.
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.