Tag: Foreign Interest
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they will hold tryouts for three foreign players during fall camp. Infielder Chad Huffman (28) and pitcher Mike Loree (27) will begin their tryouts on the 12th and outfielder Johny Celis (27) will begin on the 13th.
Source: Sanspo 11/11/2013
The Nippon Ham Fighters are close to finalizing a deal with thirty-year-old pitcher Luis Mendoza. An announcement could be made within the next few days.
According to the reports, the Fighters and Kansas City Royals have worked out most of the major issues and there is no longer any reason why an agreement cannot be reached.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2013
In addition to giving Yokohama senryokugai Hichori Morimoto (32) a tryout, the Seibu Lions announced that they will also be taking a look at pitchers Garrett Mock (30) and Porfirio Lopez (30) during fall camp. Tryouts for Mock and Lopez are scheduled to start on the 12th.
Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2013
The Softbank Hawks announced that they signed thirty-three-year-old infielder Barbaro Canizares. He has been assigned the number fifty-five.
According to Jiji Press, he signed a one-year deal worth forty-five million yen.
UPDATE 11/11 @ 4:02pm -
Canizares is scheduled to arrive in Japan today. The Hawks will introduce him at a press conference at Ivy Stadium. He will then remain in Japan and attend fall camp.
Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2013
[11/8/2013] Softbank Hawks to give Brandon Mann, Loek Van Mil, Bruce Billings a look during fall camp
The Softbank Hawks will be giving following three foreign pitchers a tryout during fall camp: Brandon Mann (29), Loek Van Mil (29), and Bruce Billings (27). Tryouts will begin on the 13th and end on the 19th.
Source: Sponichi 11/8/2013
According to Nikkan Sports, the Chiba Lotte Marines are interested in twenty-nine-year-old infield Luis Cruz. Lotte feels Cruz can help bolster the middle of their infield and provide some insurance in case negotiations with Toshiaki Imae go poorly.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2013
According to Nikkan Sports, the Softbank Hawks have an interest in Barbaro Canizares. The thirty-three-year-old infielder could arrive in Japan as early as the 11th for a tryout during fall camp. Sadaharu Oh is expected to get final say on what the organization should do.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2013
According to at least two source, the Samsung Lions have decided to allow Seung Hwan Oh (31) "to test the overseas market."
Samsung will allow Oh Seung-hwan to test overseas market
... Oh Seung-hwan is officially a free agent in Korea teams from other leagues must bid for the rights to negotiate a deal with the righty. And while, the closer has been a crucial part of the team's success the team will allow him to test the overseas market with many experts stating that the posting fee will be similar to what the L.A. Dodgers paid for Ryu Hyun-jin. Despite Japan being the most likely destination for Oh, many Major League teams are looking into the closer, as well.
Source: Arirang News 11/5/2013
Oh Seung-hwan to Start Seeking MLB Club
Samsung Lions' relief pitcher Oh Seung-hwan will start trying to negotiate a deal with foreign clubs as he looks to potential suitors in Japan and the U.S.
Oh is hoping to find a place for himself in U.S. Major League Baseball, where several clubs have reportedly expressed interest in him. But he apparently sees Japan as his most realistic next destination.
Source: The Chosunilbo 11/5/2013
The New York Yankees are among the MLB teams interested in Oh. A number of teams, including the Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Rakuten Eagles, and Orix Buffaloes, have been mentioned as possible destinations in Japan (of the four, the Tigers have made the most amount of noise).
According to a report by Sanspo, the Hanshin Tigers are interested in twenty-nine-year-old infielder Mauro Gomez. The Tigers like Gomez's power potential in Japan and believe he might be the clean-up hitter they are looking for.
Source: Sanspo 10/30/2013
UPDATE 10/31 @ 3:18pm -
Nikkan Sports and Sponichi published reports this morning that back Sanspo's claims that the Tigers are looking into Gomez.
According to Nikkan Sports, the Softbank Hawks are interested in thirty-one-year-old Jorge Cantu. While Cantu wants to play in the Majors next year, he is also thought to be considering the NPB as well.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2013