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[7/15/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines finalize deal for Alfredo Despaigne

by on Jul.15, 2014 @ 1:53 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they finalized a deal for twenty-eight-year-old outfielder Alfredo Despaigne.  A uniform number has not yet been assigned.  Lotte officials Shinya Yamamuro and Nobuhira Hayashi were in Cuba for negotiations and will be returning to Japan on Wednesday.  Despaigne's arrival date has not been set.

Despaigne's statement:

I am happy for the opportunity to play in Japan.  Japanese people are polite and kind and they play great baseball.  They work hard as a team and practice a lot.  I saw how good they are during the WBC.  Frederich Cepeda and Yulieski Gourriel are my friends and we played together on the national team.  They are great people.  I am looking forward to seeing them in Japan.  I want to do my best to help the Marines win.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014, Jiji Press 7/15/2014, Daily Sports 7/15/2014, Sponichi 7/15/2014, NHK 7/15/2014

[UPDATE 7/16 @ 10:44am]

According to Sponichi, the two sides agreed to a contract worth an estimated US$700,000.  Sanspo mentions a possible two-year deal.

Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014, Sanspo 7/16/2014

[UPDATE 7/16 @ 6:58pm]

Despaigne could arrive in Japan in time for the Nippon Ham series that begins on the 29th.

Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014

[7/14/2014] Sanspo: Chiba Lotte Marines closing in on Alfredo Despaigne

by on Jul.14, 2014 @ 3:14 pm, under NPB
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According to Sanspo, the Chiba Lotte Marines are working on a deal to bring twenty-eight-year-old outfielder Alfredo Despaigne to Japan.  They are reportedly in the final stages of negotiations (Lotte official Nobuhira Hayashi is now in Cuba as well) and could be close to making an announcement within the next few days.

Source: Sanspo 7/14/2014

[7/1/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines looking into Alfredo Despaigne

by on Jul.01, 2014 @ 11:26 am, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines are looking into twenty-eight-year-old outfielder Alfredo Despaigne.  According to a number of unnamed sources, Lotte officials, including Nobuhira Hayashi, have already checked Despaigne in Cuba.  Hayashi is neither denying or confirming the reports.

Source: Sponichi 7/1/2014, Sports Hochi 7/1/2014

[6/16/2014] Rakuten Eagles finalize deal with Zach Lutz

by on Jun.16, 2014 @ 7:48 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they agreed to terms with twenty-eight-year-old infielder Zach Lutz.  They assigned him the number nine.

The media is reporting that the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth a total estimated forty million yen.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 6/16/2014, Sponichi 6/16/2014, Jiji Press 6/16/2014

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[6/12/2014] Rakuten Eagles to sign Zach Lutz

by on Jun.12, 2014 @ 4:16 pm, under NPB
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According to a number of reports, including a tweet by ESPN's Adam Rubin, the Rakuten Eagles are in the process of signing twenty-eight-year-old infielder Zach Lutz.  Sanspo reports the two sides will finalize a deal as soon as his work visa clears.

The Eagles signed John Bowker to help fill the loss created by Kevin Youkilis' injury.  But they were still looking for a right-handed infielder with some pop.  Lutz could split time with Ginji at first base once the Inter-league season ends and Andruw Jones goes back to being a full-time designated hitter.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/12/2014, Sanspo 6/12/2014, Sponichi 6/12/2014, Daily Sports 6/12/2014


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[6/4/2014] Rakuten Eagles sign Rhiner Cruz to one-year deal

by on Jun.04, 2014 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they signed twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Rhiner Cruz to a one-year deal worth an estimated twenty million yen.  He has been assigned the number forty-nine.   The Eagles are hoping Cruz can help bolster the starting rotation.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 6/4/2014, Sports Hochi 6/4/2014

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[6/3/2014] Rakuten Eagles in discussions with Rhiner Cruz

by on Jun.03, 2014 @ 1:54 pm, under NPB
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According to at least two reports, the Rakuten Eagles are currently talking to twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Rhiner Cruz.  The two sides are closing in on a deal that might be pending a physical.  The Eagles see Cruz as someone that might be able to give them innings as a starter, even though he has spent most of his time pitching out of the bullpen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/3/2014, Sponichi 6/3/2014


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[5/24/2014] Orix Buffaloes sign Joey Butler to one-year deal

by on May.24, 2014 @ 1:09 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they signed twenty-eight-year-old outfielder Joey Butler.

According to Jiji Press, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated forty million yen plus performance bonuses. The Buffaloes signed Butler because they wanted to strengthen their offense with a hitter that could bat in the middle of the order.

Source: official announcement, Jiji Press 5/24/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/24/2014

[UPDATE 5/25 @ 2:51pm]

Butler is scheduled to arrive in Japan within the next couple of days.  He could make the active roster some time in mid-June.  Most reports are saying the deal was worth an estimated 400,000 in US dollars, or about forty-one million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/25/2014


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[5/20/2014] Sanspo: Orix Buffaloes checking on talent overseas, Mike Jacobs high on list

by on May.20, 2014 @ 11:33 am, under NPB
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According to a report by Sanspo, the Orix Buffaloes are checking on talent overseas and thirty-three-year-old infielder Mike Jacobs is high on their list.  The Buffaloes are looking for a bat with pop that can hit in the middle of the order and play first base.  They currently have five foreign players on the roster.  Wily Mo Pena, Esteban German, Brandon Dickson, and Alessandro Maestri have been the mainstays of the group.  Yuniesky Betancourt has not panned out thus far.  Orix has not given up on Betancourt, but are also considering other options.

Source: Sanspo 5/20/2014

[5/13/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars reportedly finalize deal with Yulieski Gourriel

by on May.13, 2014 @ 11:40 am, under NPB
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According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Bay Stars are close to finalizing a deal with twenty-nine-year-old infielder Yulieski Gourriel. They are expected to make an announcement shortly, possibly as early as today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2014

[UPDATE @ 1:07pm]

At least two sources are reporting that the Bay Stars have reached an agreement with Gourriel.  Specifics are unknown, but the infielder has been assigned the number 10.

The Bay Stars have posted a photo at Facebook of Gourriel's autograph with the tagline: "Me gusta Yokohama" (I like Yokohama) under the title "Welcome to Yokohama."

Source: Jiji Press 5/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/13/2014

[UPDATE @ 4:30pm]

The Bay Stars have posted an announcement at their official site.

[UPDATE @ 6:16pm]

Sports Hochi is reporting the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth a total 100 million yen (estimate).  He will come to Japan as soon as he secures a work visa.  That could put his arrival some time in early June.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/13/2014