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[11/25/2014] Yomiuri Giants finalize contracts with Poreda, Mikolas

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 7:01 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they finalized contracts with pitchers Aaron Poreda (28) and Miles Mikolas (26). Poreda was assigned the number forty-nine and Mikolas the number thirty-nine. The two players are slated to arive in Japan some time in late-January.

According to media reports, both players agreed to one-year deals: Poreda for about sixty-five million yen (550,000 US dollars) and Mikolas for about eighty-three million yen (700,000 US dollars).

Source: official announcement, Yomiuri Online 11/25/2014, Sanspo 11/25/2014, Daily Sports 11/25/2014

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[11/19/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters come to terms with Victor Garate

by on Nov.19, 2014 @ 6:12 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old pitcher Victor Garate. According to Jiji Press, the two sides agree on a one-year deal worth an estimated twenty million yen plus incentives.

The Fighters released the following statement from Garate:

 I can't begin to explain how happy I am to join the Fighters organization. I have wanted to play in Japan for some time now. I am grateful to the Nippon Ham Fighters for giving me this opportunity. I will do my best to help the team win so that around this time next year we can celebrate a Nippon Series championship.

Source: official announcementJiji Press 11/19/2014

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[11/18/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters finalize deal with Brandon Laird

by on Nov.18, 2014 @ 3:14 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they came to terms with twenty-seven-year-old infielder Brandon Laird.

The Fighters posted the following statement from Laird:

"I am happy to join the Nippon Ham Fighters organization. I hear that the Fighters are making good progress under Hideki Kuriyama. I am looking forward to playing for a budding team. I wish I could put on the Fighters' uniform now and head to the Sapporo Dome field where all the great fans are. I am willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win a championship."

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE @ 6:49pm]

According to at least two reports, Laird agreed to a one-year deal worth sixty million yen plus incentives.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2014, Sanspo 11/18/2014

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[11/18/2014] Chunichi Dragons interested in Carlos Peguero

by on Nov.18, 2014 @ 2:18 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons are interested in twenty-seven-year-old infielder Carlos Peguero. Strikeouts are a concern, but the Dragons like his power potential. They are said to have a total budget of about 100 million yen for new acquisitions this winter. They are looking for a bargain player with potential, like last year's Mauro Gomez.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2014

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[11/13/2014] Seibu Lions sign Miguel Mejia, Esmerling Vasquez

by on Nov.13, 2014 @ 11:25 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today that they signed Miguel Mejia (26) and Esmerling Vasquez (30) to contracts for the 2015 season after they passed tryouts with the team during fall camp. Both players signed contracts worth an estimated thirty million yen plus incentives.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/13/2014

[11/12/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters close to finalizing deal with Brandon Laird

by on Nov.13, 2014 @ 4:40 am, under NPB
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According to Nikkan Sports, the Nippon Ham Fighters are close to finalizing a deal with twenty-seven-year-old infielder Brandon Laird. An announcement could be made within the next few days.  The Fighters could see Laird as someone that might be able to fill the openings left by the likely departures of Eiichi Koyano and Keiji Obiki.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2014

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