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[12/8/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines reach deal with Alfredo Despaigne

by on Dec.08, 2014 @ 4:40 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they came to terms with Alfredo Despaigne (28). According to the media, the two sides agreed on a two-year deal worth an estimated 500 million yen plus incentives.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 12/8/2014, Daily Sports 12/8/2014, Daily Sports 12/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014

[UPDATE 12/9 @ 9:24pm]

The contract could be worth as much as 800 million yen after incentives.

Source: Daily Sports 12/9/2014

[12/6/2014] Orix Buffaloes add Bullington, Blanco; Dickson, Maestri, German to return

by on Dec.06, 2014 @ 8:15 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced that they reached agreements with Bryan Bullington (34) and Tony Blanco (34). Bullington was assigned the number 27, Blanco the number 42.

The Buffaloes also finalized terms with Brandon Dickson (30), Alessandro Maestri (29), and Esteban German (36).

The media is reporting that Bullington agreed to a one-year deal worth 150 million yen and Blanco a two-year deal worth 500 million yen. Maestri signed a one-year deal worth thirty million yen. German and Dickson will be in the final years of two-year deals -- German's deal is worth 100 million yen and Dickson's sixty million yen.

Source: official announcement, official announcement, Daily Sports 12/6/2014, Sponichi 12/6/2014, Daily Sports 12/7/2014

[12/6/2014] Rakuten Eagles sign Kam Mickolio

by on Dec.06, 2014 @ 8:04 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced that they came to terms with Kam Mickolio (30). He was assigned the number 43. According to reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 150 million yen.

The Eagles released the following statement from Mickolio:

My family and I are excited about joining the Rakuten Eagles' "family." I am looking forward to playing with the Tohoku fans by our side as we try for another championship.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 12/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2014

[12/5/2014] Rakuten Eagles finalize deal with Zelous Wheeler

by on Dec.05, 2014 @ 2:27 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they agreed to terms with twenty-seven-year-old infielder Zelous Wheeler. He was assigned the uniform number 40. Nikkan Sports is reporting that the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty million yen.

The Eagles posted the following comment from Wheeler:

I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity. Playing in Japan with Rakuten will be a new challenge and will mark the start of a new part of my baseball career. I am looking forward to playing in Japan and meeting the Rakuten fans. I will do my best to help the team win a championship.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014

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[12/4/2014] Yakult Swallows finalize contracts with Barnette, Roman, Balentien , Milledge

by on Dec.04, 2014 @ 11:24 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows announced today that they finalized 2015 contracts for Tony Barnette (31), Orlando Roman (36), Wladimir Balentien (30), and Lastings Milledge (29).

Barnette and Roman agreed to new one-year deals. Barnette's contract is worth an estimated 1.55 million US dollars (about 186.6 million yen, up 18 million yen), Roman's 430,000 US dollars (about 52 milion yen, 11.6 million yen).

Balentien will be in the second year of a three-year deal. He will make an estimated 2.5 million US dollars next season (about 300 million yen, up 90 million yen from this year). Milledge will be in the final year of a two-year deal. He will make an estimated 1.9 million US dollars (about 228 million yen, up 81 million yen from this year).

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 12/4/2014, Daily Sports 12/4/2014, Sponichi 12/5/2014

[UPDATE 12/6 @ 8:38pm]

In dollars: Balentien's contract increased 500,000 from 2.0 million to 2.5 million. Milledge's increased 800,000 from 1.1 million to 1.9 million. The exchange rate can complicate conversions into yen, especially when there are large fluctuations (the rate was $1 = 104yen on January 1 and $1 = 119yen on December 4).

Source: ZakZak 12/6/2014

[11/29/2014] Orix Buffaloes interested in Hyeon-Jong Yang

by on Nov.29, 2014 @ 11:52 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes are looking into twenty-six-year-old pitcher Hyeon-Jong Yang.

Yang was recently posted to the Majors, but the Kia Tigers rejected the winning bid. He will not be able to post again until next year. He reportedly has an interest in playing Japan, but would have to get permission from the Tigers.

Source: Chosun Ilbo 11/27/2014, Daily Sports 11/29/2014

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[11/28/2014] Softbank Hawks interested in Rick VandenHurk

by on Nov.29, 2014 @ 2:42 am, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks are looking to sign twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Rick VandenHurk. A number of other NPB teams, including the Yomiuri Giants, are also said to be interested. The Hawks are expected to begin negotiations with VandenHurk when his ties with the Samsung Lions ends at the end of this month. They are said to be preparing a two-year deal worth an estimated 400 million yen.

Source: Sponichi 11/28/2014

[11/25/2014] Yomiuri Giants finalize contracts with Poreda, Mikolas

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 7:01 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they finalized contracts with pitchers Aaron Poreda (28) and Miles Mikolas (26). Poreda was assigned the number forty-nine and Mikolas the number thirty-nine. The two players are slated to arive in Japan some time in late-January.

According to media reports, both players agreed to one-year deals: Poreda for about sixty-five million yen (550,000 US dollars) and Mikolas for about eighty-three million yen (700,000 US dollars).

Source: official announcement, Yomiuri Online 11/25/2014, Sanspo 11/25/2014, Daily Sports 11/25/2014

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