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[1/19/2015] Yokohama Bay Stars reach agreeement with Yoslan Herrera, pending physical

by on Jan.19, 2015 @ 5:18 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they reached an agreement with Yoslan Herrera (33), pending a physical. Additional details, like press conference schedule and uniform number, will be released as it becomes available.

According to Daily Sports, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated thirty million yen.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 1/19/2015

[UPDATE @ 6:30pm]

Sponichi puts the value of the contract at an estimated 250,000 US dollars (or about 29.25 million yen).

Source: Sponichi 1/19/2015

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[1/9/2015] Yokohama Bay Stars could be finalizing deal with Yoslan Herrera

by on Jan.09, 2015 @ 9:31 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in thirty-three-year-old right-handed pitcher Yoslan Herrera. The Bay Stars see Herrera as a closing candidate.

The two sides may already be in the middle of negiations and could be at a point where they only have to work out the details. An announcement could be made soon.

Source: Nikkan Sportws 1/9/2015

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[1/8/2015] Rakuten Eagles announce agreement with Gaby Sanchez

by on Jan.08, 2015 @ 5:08 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced earlier today that they came to terms with thirty-one-year-old infielder Gaby Sanchez. He was assigned the uniform number 3. The media is reporting the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 250 million yen.

The Eagles released the following comment from Sanchez:

I am grateful for the opportunity to play in Japan, to play for the Rakuten Eagles. My family and I will treasure everything we experience in Japan. I can't wait to play in front of the Japanese fans. I will do my best every day to help the team win.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 1/8/2015, Daily Sports 1/8/2015, Jiji Press 1/8/2015

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[1/7/2015] Rakuten Eagles interested in Andrew Brown

by on Jan.07, 2015 @ 11:39 am, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles are interested in thirty-year-old outfielder Andrew Brown. They are also talking to Wily Mo Pena (32) and are expected to make an official announcement about reaching an agreement with Gaby Sanchez (31).

To clarify: the Eagles are looking for another position player and narrowed their options down to Brown and Pena.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/7/2014

[UPDATE 1/8 @ 12:07am]

According to Sponichi, the Eagles are thinking about bringing Kenny Ray (40) and Jim Heuser (30) back, pending physicals. Both players worked out with the team in Kurashiki last November.

Source: Sponichi 1/7/2015

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[12/31/2014] Hanshin Tigers interested in Hyeon-Jong Yang and Kwang-Hyun Kim

by on Dec.31, 2014 @ 9:42 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers are interested in pitchers Hyeon-Jong Yang (26) and Kwang-Hyun Kim (26).

Yang was posted to the Majors earlier this offseason, but KIA rejected the winning bid. Kim was also posted to the Majors, but could not work out an agreement with the San Diego Padres. The Tigers will be keeping an eye on both left-handed pitchers in case either is open to pitching in the NPB.

Source: Daily Sports 12/31/2014, Sports Hochi 12/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/31/2014, Sponichi 12/31/2014

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[12/29/2014] Yakult Swallows announce agreement with Logan Ondrusek

by on Dec.29, 2014 @ 4:28 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows announced today that they came to terms with thirty-year-old pitcher Logan Ondrusek. He was assigned the uniform number 58. The Swallows see him as either a middle reliever or closer. The two sides reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1.2 million US dollars plus incentives, with a club option for a second year.

Source: official announcement, Sanspo 12/29/2014, Dailiy Sports 12/29/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/29/2014

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[12/26/2014] Softbank Hawks announce agreement with Rick VandenHurk

by on Dec.26, 2014 @ 5:19 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks announced earlier today that they finalized an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Rick VandenHurk. He was assigned the number forty-four. The Hawks released the following statement from VandenHurk:

I am honored and happy for this opportunity to sign a contract with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and become a member of a with so much success. The Hawks placed a large amount of trust in me with this contract and for that I am grateful. My goal is to help this team win another championship by playing hard and doing my absolute best. I am excited and looking forward to working toward a 2015 NPB championship together with the manager, coaches, players, staff, and fans.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 12/26/2014

[UPDATE 12/27 @ 3:36am]

According to Sanspo, the two sides agreed on a two-year deal worth an estimated 300 million yen.

Source: Sanspo 12/26/2014

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[12/25/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines reach agreements with Kuan-Yu Chen, Dae-Eun Rhee

by on Dec.25, 2014 @ 5:16 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they came to terms with twenty-five-year-old pitcher Dae-Eun Rhee. The two sides reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty-four million yen. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number.

The Marines also announced that they signed former Yokohama Bay Star Kuan-Yu Chen (24). Chen attended tryouts with the team in November and passed. He agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated six million yen.

Source: official anouncement (Rhee), official announcement (Chen), Sponichi 12/25/2014, Sponichi 12/25/2014

[UPDATE 12/27 @ 2:03am]

Rhee's one-year deal is worth estimated 450,000 US dollars.

Source: Sponichi 12/26/2014

[12/17/2014] Rakuten Eagles close to finalizing deal with Gaby Sanchez

by on Dec.17, 2014 @ 12:03 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Sponichi, the Rakuten Eagles are close to finalizing a one-year deal with thirty-one-year-old infielder Gaby Sanchez. The deal may be pending a physical and could be worth an estimated 250 million yen plus incentives. An announcement could be made shortly. The Eagles have been looking for a new clean-up hitter to replace Andruw Jones.

Source: Sponichi 12/17/2014

[UPDATE @ 11:50pm]

The two sides may have agreed, in principle, to a one-year deal worth an estimated 300 million yen (includes incentives).

Source: Daily Sports 12/17/2014, Daily Sports 12/17/2014

[UPDATE 12/18 @ 10:44pm]

According to media reports, the deal is worth an estimated 2.5 million US dollars, or about 292.5 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/18/2014, Kahoku 12/18/2014

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[12/15/2014] Chunichi Dragons finalize agreements with Valdes, Rivas, and Nanita

by on Dec.15, 2014 @ 6:49 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons announced that they reached agreements with pitchers Raul Valdes (37) and Amaury Rivas (28), and outfielder Ricardo Nanita (33). Valdes was assigned the number 44, Rivas the number 42, and Nanita the number 60.

The media is reporting that Valdes agreed to a deal worth 400,000 US dollars, Rivas to 250,000 US dollars, and Nanita 300,000 US dollars. Each player also got a signing bonus of 50,000 US dollars.

Source: official announcement, Sanspo 12/15/2014, Sponichi 12/15/2014