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[5/22/2015] Yakult Swallows reach agreement with Mitch Dening

by on May.22, 2015 @ 11:10 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows announced that they reached an agreement with Mitch Dening. A press conference will be held after he joins the team at a later date.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 5/22/2015

[UPDATE 5/26 @ 7:13pm]

The Swallows held a press conference for Dening on May 26. He was assigned the uniform number 71. The two sides agreed to a contract that runs through to the end of the current season and is worth an estimated 3.6 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2015, Sponichi 5/26/2015

[5/18/2015] Yakult Swallows interested in Mitch Dening

by on May.19, 2015 @ 4:50 am, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows are interested in twenty-six-year-old outfielder Mitch Dening. He is currently playing for the BC League's Niigata Albirex Baseball Club. According to reports from the media, the Swallows are waiting for results from a physical. They could make an announcement of a deal within the next few days if everything is in order.

Source: Sanspo 5/18/2015, Sponichi 5/18/2015

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[4/21/2015] Yomiuri Giants reach agreement with Juan Francisco

by on Apr.21, 2015 @ 7:43 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced on Tuesday that they reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old infielder Juan Francisco. He was assigned the uniform number 21. According to reports by the media, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated 140 million yen (or an estimated 1.2 million US dollars).

Francisco is scheduled to arrive in Japan on April 22.

Source: official announcement, Chunichi Sports 4/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2015, Sponichi 4/21/2015, Sponichi 4/22/2015

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[4/10/2015] Yomiuri Giants interested in infielder Juan Francisco

by on Apr.10, 2015 @ 12:54 pm, under NPB
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The media learned on Thursday that the Yomiuri Giants are looking into infielder Juan Francisco (27) as an option to help bolster their infield and offense. The Giants are looking for help at first and third with Shinnosuke Abe returning to catcher and Shuichi Murata struggling at the plate. If discussions between the two sides go smoothly, it could just be a matter of waiting for Francisco to get a physical before a deal is finalized.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/10/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/10/2015

[UPDATE 4/12 @ 6:32am]

According to a report by Sponichi on April 11, the Giants may be fairly close to finalizing deal with Francisco. There are only a few things remaining, like a physical.

Source: Sponichi 4/11/2015

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[4/3/2015] Hiroshima Carp agree to terms with Nate Schierholtz

by on Apr.04, 2015 @ 3:18 am, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced on March 3 that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old Nate Schierholtz. He was assigned the uniform number 57. Hiroshima was looking to sign another position player after Brad Eldred went down with a right knee injury that required surgery.

According to a number of reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1,162,000 US dollars plus incentives. The contract is the richest for a foreign player in franchise history.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 4/3/2015, Daily Sports 4/3/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/3/2015

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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