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[3/3/2014] Rakuten Eagles sign Mitre, Van Mil to Ikusei contracts

by on Mar.03, 2014 @ 4:24 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced on Monday that they signed Sergio Mitre and Loek Van Mil to Ikusei contracts.  Mitre was assigned the number 129, Van Mil the number 146.  Their salary will be an estimated 2.4 million yen a piece.

Mitre: I am grateful to the organization for this chance to play for the team as an Ikusei player.  I will do my best as a member of the Eagles.  I will stay healthy and try to make it to Ichi-gun as soon as possible.  I lost about two years, but I am happy to play.  I will work hard to make it to the seventy-man roster and hope to bring Tohoku fans joy by winning.

Van Mil: I am very grateful for the chance to sign this Ikusei contract.  I participated in Kumejima camp as a tryout player and each day my feelings for the team grew stronger.  I will study Japanese baseball because I want to do well and seize this opportunity.

Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 3/3/2014

[2/6/2014] Rakuten Eagles to give Sergio Mitre, Loek van Mil tryouts during spring camp

by on Feb.06, 2014 @ 12:38 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced that they will give Sergio Mitre (32) and Loek van Mil (29) tryouts during spring camp.  They are scheduled to arrive in Kumejima, Okinawa on the 8th and will join workouts on the 9th.  It is unknown how long the tryouts will run.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2014, Sanspo 2/6/2014

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[1/31/2014] Hiroshima Carp announce deal with Rainel Rosario

by on Jan.31, 2014 @ 10:46 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they signed Carp Academy's Rainel Rosario.  The two sides agreed to a four-year deal worth an estimated 100,000 US dollars a year plus performance bonuses.  The contract also includes a signing bonus worth an estimated 100,000 US dollars.  He has been assigned the number sixty-nine.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/31/2014

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[1/29/2014] Orix Buffaloes sign Yuniesky Betancourt to one-year deal

by on Jan.29, 2014 @ 1:50 pm, under NPB
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According to a couple of tweets by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Orix Buffaloes have signed thirty-one-year-old infielder Yuniesky Betancourt to a one-year deal.

Source: Free-agent IF Yuniesky Betancourt has reached agreement with Japan’s Orix Buffaloes. [Tweet 1/29/2014]

Betancourt’s contract with Orix is for one year. Financial terms currently unavailable. [Tweet 1/29/2014]

Daily Sports was one of the first media sites in Japan to pick up on the story.

[UPDATE @ 8:05pm]

According to the latest reports out of  Japan, Betancourt signed a one-year deal worth an estimate 100 million yen.  He has told the Buffaloes he prefers to play third, but the organization could also use him at first.

Betancourt will not make the start of spring camp.  He is expected to arrive some time in February.

Source: Sponichi 1/29/2014

[UPDATE @ 10:22pm]

An announcement of the signing has been posted at the official Orix website.

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[12/27/2013] Yomiuri Giants sign outfielder Leslie Anderson

by on Dec.28, 2013 @ 6:10 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced that they finalized a deal with Leslie Anderson (31).  He has been assigned the number forty-two.  He is scheduled to arrive in Japan in late-January.

According to Nikkan Sports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated total sixty million yen.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 12/28/2013

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[12/27/2013] Sanspo: Yomiuri Giants to sign Leslie Anderson, pending results of physical

by on Dec.27, 2013 @ 10:47 pm, under NPB
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Sports Hochi reported on Thursday that the Yomiuri Giants were closing in on a deal with thirty-one-year-old outfielder Leslie Anderson.  A report by Sanspo this morning added that the Giants were going to finalize a deal with Anderson, pending results of his physical.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/26/2013, Sanspo 12/27/2013

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[12/21/2013] Rakuten Eagles agree to terms with Travis Blackley

by on Dec.21, 2013 @ 1:36 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles have signed Travis Blackley (31).  The two sides reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated total 200 million yen (includes signing bonus).  He has not yet been assigned a uniform number.

Source: Daily Sports 12/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/21/2013, official announcement

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[12/21/2013] Rakuten Eagles sign Kevin Youkilis to one-year deal

by on Dec.21, 2013 @ 11:41 am, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles have reportedly signed Kevin Youkilis (34) to a one-year deal worth four million US dollars plus one million in incentives, according to reports out of the United States.

From ESPN's Jerry Crasnick:

Kevin Youkilis has agreed to a one-year contract with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan for the 2014 season, his agent confirmed Friday.

Youkilis will have a $4 million base salary and can earn $1 million in bonuses -- including some based on walks, a provision not allowed in major league contracts.

... Bick said Youkilis, his wife, Julie, and their two children, ages 7 and 1, plan to spend the 2014 season together in Japan.

"Kevin's intent is to play one more year," said Bick, although he wouldn't rule out Youkilis playing beyond the 2014 season.

Source: ESPN 12/21/2013 (And thanks to everyone that e-mailed me the story)

[UPDATE @ 2:35pm]

The Eagles have posted an announcement of the agreement.

Source: official announcement

Most of the reports in Japan put the value of the contract at an estimated total 300 million yen.

Source: Sanspo 12/21/2013, Sponichi 12/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/21/2013

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