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[10/29/2014] Hiroshima Carp reaches agreement with Kris Johnson

by on Oct.29, 2014 @ 6:44 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced today that it reached a contract agreement with Kris Johnson (30). He has not yet been assigned a uniform number.

According to reports, he agreed to a one-year deal worth at estimated seventy million yen plus incentives and a signing bonus of thirty million yen.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 10/29/2014

[UPDATE 10/30 @ 4:10pm]

The deal is reportedly worth 700,000 US dollars plus incentives with a 300,000 US dollars signing bonus.

Source: Sponichi 10/30/2014

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[10/25/2014] Hiroshima Carp come to terms with infielder Jesus Guzman

by on Oct.25, 2014 @ 4:15 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they came to terms with thirty-year-old infielder Jesus Guzman.

According to various news reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 100 million yen plus incentives with a signing bonus of 36.5 million yen. A uniform number has not yet been assigned to Guzman. A team official told reporters the organization had been following Guzman for about three years.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 10/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014

[UPDATE 10/26 @ 7:05pm]

Sponichi notes that the contract is worth an estimated one million US dollars plus incentives with a signing bonus of 365,000 dollars.

Source: Sponichi 10/26/2014

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[10/24/2014] 1500ESPN: Kris Johnson to join the Hiroshima Carp

by on Oct.24, 2014 @ 2:50 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by 1500ESPN's Darren Wolfson, the Minnesota Twins have sold thirty-year-old pitcher Kris Johnson to the Hiroshima Carp.

... The Carp won the bidding with at least six other Japanese teams showing interest.

"I'm very excited about playing for Hiroshima and appreciate the Twins making it happen," Johnson said via text. "I talked to different players about how great the fans and team treat foreign players. I was really impressed with the respect they showed me during the negotiations."

Source: ESPN 10/22/2014

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[10/17/2014] Hiroshima Carp agrees to one-year deal with Mike Zagurski

by on Oct.17, 2014 @ 3:21 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they agreed to a contract with thirty-one-year-old left-handed pitcher Mike Zagurski. According to at least one report, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth 42.5 million yen plus incentives with a signing bonus of 2.5 million yen. A uniform number has not yet been assigned.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 10/17/2014

[UPDATE 10/18 @ 12:56am]

Sponichi: it's a one-year deal worth 425,000 US dollars plus incentives with a signing bonus of 25,000 US dollars (money amounts are estimates).

Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014

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[8/12/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines considering Jose Contreras

by on Aug.12, 2014 @ 2:39 pm, under NPB
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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.

Source: Sponichi 8/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/12/2014

[7/31/2014] Orix Buffaloes sign left-handed pitcher Dan Runzler

by on Jul.31, 2014 @ 8:01 pm, under NPB
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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.

Source: official announcement, Sankei 7/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/31/2014

[UPDATE @11:49pm]

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

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[7/30/2014] Rakuten Eagles announce agreement with Nick Evans

by on Jul.30, 2014 @ 6:48 pm, under NPB
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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.

Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 7/30/2014

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[7/27/2014] Rakuten Eagles to sign twenty-eight-year-old infielder Nick Evans

by on Jul.27, 2014 @ 1:56 pm, under NPB
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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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2014, Sports Hochi 7/27/2014, Sponichi 7/27/2014

[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

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