Tag: Foreign Interest
by Gen on Jun.17, 2015 @ 5:50 pm, under NPB
Tags: Foreign Interest, Full, Hanshin Tigers, Nelson Perez
The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old outfielder Nelson Perez. The following statement was posted by the Ishikawa Million Stars, the team Perez was playing for before he signed with Hanshin:
I am very happy and grateful for everything million stars done for me. thanks alot . I'm very happy for the opportunity Hanshin taigers giving me. I promise to do my best to help the team to win the champion in front of Japanese number one Hanshin fan this year thanks.
Source: official announcement (Hanshin), official announcement (Ishikawa)
[UPDATE 6/19 @ 4:00am]
According to at least two reports by the media, the two sides agreed to a contract worth an estimated ten million yen.
Source: Daily Sports 6/18/2015, Sponichi 6/18/2015
by Gen on Jun.16, 2015 @ 4:33 pm, under NPB
Tags: Foreign Interest, Full, Mitch Lively, Nippon Ham Fighters
The Nippon Ham Fighters are reportedly close signing twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Mitch Lively. One Nippon Ham official left Japan for the United States on June 14. Assistant General Manager Masao Kida followed on Monday. They are expected to finalize an agreement with Lively. An announcement could be made within the next few days.
One or more reports out of the United States have mentioned that Lively was going to sign with the Hanshin Tigers, including this one by Robert Murray of Baseball Essential, but the Fighters apparently managed to put together a more attractive package.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/16/2015, Nikkan Sports 6/16/2015
by Gen on May.22, 2015 @ 11:10 pm, under NPB
Tags: Foreign Interest, Mitch Dening, Yakult Swallows
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
by Gen on May.19, 2015 @ 4:50 am, under NPB
Tags: Foreign Interest, Full, Mitch Dening, Yakult Swallows
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
by Gen on Apr.21, 2015 @ 7:43 pm, under NPB
Tags: Foreign Interest, Juan Francisco, Yomiuri Giants
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
by Gen on Apr.10, 2015 @ 12:54 pm, under NPB
Tags: Foreign Interest, Full, Juan Francisco, Yomiuri Giants
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
by Gen on Apr.04, 2015 @ 3:18 am, under NPB
Tags: Foreign Interest, Full, Hiroshima Carp, Nate Schierholtz
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
by Gen on Mar.17, 2015 @ 1:50 am, under NPB
Tags: Foreign Interest, Hanshin Tigers, Mario Santiago
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
by Gen on Mar.09, 2015 @ 5:14 pm, under NPB
Tags: Foreign Interest, Rakuten Eagles, Wily Mo Pena
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
by Gen on Feb.25, 2015 @ 11:15 pm, under NPB
Tags: Foreign Interest, Full, Hanshin Tigers, Mario Santiago
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