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[12/21/2013] Rakuten Eagles sign Kevin Youkilis to one-year deal

by on Dec.21, 2013 @ 11:41 am, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles have reportedly signed Kevin Youkilis (34) to a one-year deal worth four million US dollars plus one million in incentives, according to reports out of the United States.

From ESPN's Jerry Crasnick:

Kevin Youkilis has agreed to a one-year contract with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan for the 2014 season, his agent confirmed Friday.

Youkilis will have a $4 million base salary and can earn $1 million in bonuses -- including some based on walks, a provision not allowed in major league contracts.

... Bick said Youkilis, his wife, Julie, and their two children, ages 7 and 1, plan to spend the 2014 season together in Japan.

"Kevin's intent is to play one more year," said Bick, although he wouldn't rule out Youkilis playing beyond the 2014 season.

Source: ESPN 12/21/2013 (And thanks to everyone that e-mailed me the story)

[UPDATE @ 2:35pm]

The Eagles have posted an announcement of the agreement.

Source: official announcement

Most of the reports in Japan put the value of the contract at an estimated total 300 million yen.

Source: Sanspo 12/21/2013, Sponichi 12/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/21/2013

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[12/20/2013] Yomiuri Giants finalize one-year deal with Chris Seddon

by on Dec.20, 2013 @ 7:07 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they finalized an agreement with thirty-year-old pitcher Chris Seddon.  The two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated eighty million yen.  He was assigned the number forty-nine.

Seddon is scheduled to arrive in Japan in late-January.  He is expected to take over Dennis Houlton's spot in the starting rotation.

Source: official announcement, Sankei Sports 12/20/2013

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[12/20/2013] Seibu Lions announce additions of Bowden, Reynolds, Ransom, and Lopez

by on Dec.20, 2013 @ 7:00 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today that they came to terms with four new foreign players: Michael Bowden (27), Greg Reynolds (28), Cody Ransom  (37), and Porfirio Lopez (23).

Bowden signed a one-year deal worth an estimated 800,000 US dollars and was assigned the number twenty-six.  He is a candidate to close.  Reynolds signed a one-year deal worth an estimated 800,000 US dollars and was assigned the number forty-two.  He is a candidate for the starting rotation.  Ransom signed a one-year deal worth an estimated 900,000 US dollars and was assigned the number six.  Lopez signed an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 60,000 US dollars and was assigned the number 122.

Randy Williams and Abner Abreu (Ikusei contract) will also be returning next season.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 12/20/2013

[UPDATE 12/21 @ 7:23pm]

Williams signed for an estimated eighty-three million yen and Abreu for an estimated 6.8 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/21/2013

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[12/18/2013] Yakult Swallows sign Chris Carpenter

by on Dec.18, 2013 @ 8:52 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows announced that they signed twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Chris Carpenter.  The two sides agreed one a one-year deal that includes a club option for a second year.  Carpenter will make an estimated 500,000 US dollars plus incentives next season.  He was assigned the number fifty-six.

Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 12/18/2013

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[12/17/2013] Yomiuri Giants to sign Chris Seddon pending physical

by on Dec.17, 2013 @ 5:52 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Yomiuri Giants will finalize a deal with Chris Seddon (30) once he passes his physical.

They have also apparently decided to go with Leslie Anderson (31) over Jason Bay (35).

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/17/2013

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[12/14/2013] Sanspo: Yakult Swallows could be close to signing Chris Carpenter

by on Dec.14, 2013 @ 8:50 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Sanspo, the Yakult Swallows could be close to signing twenty-seven-year-old Chris Carpenter.

"We are talking [to Carpenter].  We expect to sign him within the next few days," team official Masayuki Okumura said to Sanspo.

The Swallows see Carpenter as a possible candidate to close.  They could make an announcement some time early next week.

Source: Sanspo 12/14/2013

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[12/14/2013] Chiba Lotte Marines come to terms with Chad Huffman

by on Dec.14, 2013 @ 7:52 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they came to terms with twenty-eight-year-old outfielder Chad Huffman.  The two sides reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 150,000 US dollars plus incentives.  He has been assigned the number fifty-six.

The Marines also announced that they assigned Luis Cruz the number forty-seven.

Source: official announcement (Huffman), official announcement (Cruz), Daily Sports 12/14/2013

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[12/12/2013] Chunichi Dragons announce addition of four new foreign players

by on Dec.12, 2013 @ 3:50 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons announced that they came to terms with Anderson Hernandez (31), Alexis Gomez (35), Nelson Payano (31), and Leandro Mella (23).  Hernandez, Gomez, and Payano will be added to the seventy-man roster.  They have been assigned the number 00, 44, and 47, respectively.  Mella will be an Ikusei player and has been assigned the number 205.

Source: official announcement

Contract terms, according to Sports Hochi:

Hernandez - one-year deal worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars

Gomez - one-year deal worth an estimated 100,000 US dollars

Payano - one-year deal worth an estimated 250,000 US dollars

Mella - Ikusei contract worth an estimated 50,000 US dollars

Source: Sports Hochi 12/12/2013

[12/7/2013] Yomiuri Giants interested in LHP Chris Seddon

by on Dec.07, 2013 @ 2:05 pm, under NPB
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According to reports by Daily Sports and Sponichi, the Yomiuri Giants are looking in left-handed pitcher Chris Seddon (30).  The Giants were looking at like Jason Standridge and Brian Wolfe, but with both likely signing with Softbank, they turned their attention to other alternatives.

Source: Daily Sports 12/7/2013, Sponichi 12/7/2013

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