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[11/12/2014] NPB: Eight players file for free agency

by on Nov.12, 2014 @ 5:27 pm, under NPB
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The NPB released a list of players that filed their FA option on Tuesday. Teams will be allowed to approach these players on Thursday.

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Team Age Type Salary Rank Compensation
INF 小谷野 栄一 Koyano, Eiichi HAM 34 INT 70.00M C None
Signed 3-year deal with Orix worth over 300 million on Nov 27.
NF 鳥谷 敬 Toritani, Takashi HAN 33 INT 300.00M A Player + 50% 2014 salary OR 80% 2014 salary
Hanshin or MLB
OF 金城 龍彦 Kinjo, Tatsuhiko YOK 38 INT 40.00M C None
To sign with Yomiuri
C 相川 亮二 Aikawa, Ryoji YAK 38 INT 110.00M B Player + 20% 2014 salary OR 30% 2014 salary
To sign with Yomiuri
P 金子 千尋 Kaneko, Chihiro ORI 31 DOM 200.00M A Player + 50% 2014 salary OR 80% 2014 salary
Orix or other NPB team
INF 大引 啓次 Obiki, Keiji HAM 30 DOM 70.00M B Player + 40% 2014 salary OR 60% 2014 salary
Signed 3-year deal with Yakult worth an estimated 300 million on Nov 25.
P 成瀬 善久 Naruse, Yoshihisa LOT 29 DOM 144.00M B Player + 40% 2014 salary OR 60% 2014 salary
Signed 3-year deal with Yakult worth estimated 600 million on Nov 27.
P 能見 篤史 Nomi, Atsushi HAN 35 DOM 150.00M B Player + 40% 2014 salary OR 60% 2014 salary
Signed 3-year deal with Hanshin worth estimated 450 million on Nov 13.

* Salaries are not official, only estimates

[11/11/2014] Free agency file period ended on Tuesday

by on Nov.12, 2014 @ 4:54 am, under NPB
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The free agency filing period ended on Tuesday (11/11). The NPB will release a full list of players that exercised their options on Wednesday (11/12). Teams will be allowed to approach players on Thursday (11/13).

Chihiro Kaneko (31) filed his FA option on Tuesday. "I decided to exercise my FA option. As I said before, I would like to consider all options, that is why I made this decision. I now want to focus on Japan vs MLB baseball," said Kaneko. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014, Sponichi 11/11/2014 ... The Softbank Hawks are interested in Kaneko. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2014 ... According to Daily Sports, Kaneko could be trying to force Orix's hand by exercising his option: if it is the difference between compensation for losing him through free agency (either 100 million yen and a player or 160 million yen) and posting (roughly 2.3 billion yen), it would make more sense to post him. If Orix is still not interested in posting Kaneko, the righty could still leave via free agency and try to work out an agreement with whichever new team he signs with. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2014

Takashi Toritani (33) filed his FA option. The Hanshin Tigers have not given up on Toritani and will try their best to persuade him to stay. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014

Atsushi Nomi filed his FA option, but only as a formality as he has already agreed to stay with the Hanshin Tigers. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2014

Eiichi Koyano (34) held a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo on Tuesday and announced his decision to exercise his FA option. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014 ... A number of teams, including the Seibu Lions and Orix Buffaloes, are looking into Koyano. The veteran may have a preference for the Kanto region since he grew up in Tokyo and has a house in the area. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014

Kazuo Matsui (39) wants to retire an Eagle and is not planning to exercise his FA option. He met with team official Yozo Tachibana twice after the season for contract negotiations. He is expected to sign a multi-year deal. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014

Kentaro Sekimoto (36) will not be exercising his FA option. He is close to finalizing a deal with the Hanshin Tigers. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014

Hiroyasu Tanaka (32) will not exercise his FA option. He told reporters on Monday that he wanted to win a championship with the Yakult Swallows. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014 ... Tanaka may have been offered a one-year deal worth seventy-five million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014

The Swallows are hoping to schedule meetings with Yoshihisa Naruse (29) and Keiji Obiki (30) on the 13th. They plan to call Mitsuru Manaka back to Tokyo if they can. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014

[10/22/2014] 2014 NPB Free Agent List

by on Oct.22, 2014 @ 6:50 pm, under NPB
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The NPB posted a list of eighty-eight players with free agent options (up from eighty last year).

  • Domestic options earned this year: 23
  • International options earned this year: 16 (8 re-earned)
  • Options with injury exceptions: 1

Players will have seven business days, which excludes the weekend and holidays) after the end of the Nippon Series to exercise their options. Negotiations can begin the day after players are officially listed as free agents by the NPB.

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[11/14/2013] NPB: Eight Players File Free Agent Options

by on Nov.14, 2013 @ 4:01 pm, under NPB
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The NPB announced today that eight of eighty possible players filed their free agent options.  Teams will be allowed to approach these eight players on Friday.

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NPB Free Agents

Name Pos Age Type 2013 Team 2013 Salary* FA Lvl Destination Compensation
Kataoka, Yasuyuki INF 30 Dom Seibu 95.00M B Yomiuri Wakiya Ryota + 40% 2013 salary
Kubo, Yasutomo P 33 Dom Hanshin 120.00M B Yokohama Tsuruoka, Kazunari + 40% 2013 salary
Nakata, Kenichi P 31 Dom Chunichi 70.00M C Softbank none
Ogasawara, Michihiro INF 40 Int Yomiuri 70.00M C Chunichi none
Otake, Kan P 30 Dom Hiroshima 100.00M A Yomiuri Ichioka, Ryuji + 50% 2013 salary
Tsuruoka, Shinya C 32 Dom Nippon Ham 76.00M B Softbank Fujioka, Yoshiaki + 40% 2013 salary
Wakui, Hideaki P 27 Dom Seibu 220.00M A Lotte Nakago, Taiki + 50% 2013 salary
Yamazaki, Katsuki C 31 Dom Softbank 34.00M C Orix none

* estimates posted by Nikkan Sports

[11/4/2013] Chiba Lotte Marines’ Shunsuke Watanabe wants to play in the Majors

by on Nov.04, 2013 @ 6:22 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they will not attempt to sign Shunsuke Watanabe (37) to a contact next year.  They have provided the following statement from the veteran right-hander:

I will be attempting to make it to the Major Leagues.  I am thirty-seven so this will be a difficult attempt, but I have prepared myself for the worst and will give this a shot.  It would make me happy if everyone can watch over me warmly in my endeavors.  Since I was selected in the 2000 draft, for thirteen years fans called out "Shunsuke" each time I took the mound.  I will never forget those moments.  Even once I make to America, I will take the mound with memories of pitching in the midst of the cheering Chiba Lotte Marine fans.  I will remember your cheers and will pitch with confidence.  Lastly, to the Chiba Lotte Marine fans, to various personnel, to those that helped me along the way, thank you very much.  I will do my best.

Watanabe spoke to team officials after the season and told them about his desire to play in the Majors.  The Marines decided to support him by allowing him to become a free agent.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 11/4/2013

UPDATE 11/5 @ 12:10am -

Sports Hochi has posted portions of the press conference he held at QVC Marine on Monday.

What made you decide to try for the Majors?

Do not really know.  It just sort of came to be, all of a sudden.

What about your family?

They were surprised.  My wife told me that it was ok for me to follow my dreams because I worked hard [for the family].

On being a submarine pitcher.

There are a number of submarine pitchers in the majors and I used them as a frame of reference.  I some times imagined their success as mine.

What now?

I want to prepare myself so that I can go anywhere and do anything a team might ask of me.

Anything for the Lotte fans?

They called out "Shunsuke" each time I took the mound.  I will never forget that feeling.  Thank you for all your support.  I really appreciate it.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2013

UPDATE 11/5 @ 9:15pm -

Watanabe will be represented by Don Nomura.  The veteran is apparently open to minor league deals and spring invites, so long as there is even a small chance to pitch in the Majors.

Source: Sponichi 11/5/2013

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[10/23/2013] 2013 NPB Free Agent List

by on Oct.24, 2013 @ 2:46 am, under NPB
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The NPB posted a list of eighty players with free agent options (down from eighty-five last year).

Earned domestic options this season: 17
Earned international option this season: 12
Earned option after claiming injury exception: 2

Players will have seven business days (Saturday, Sunday, and holidays excluded) after the end of the Nippon Series to exercise their options.  Negotiations can begin the day after a player is officially listed as a free agent by the NPB office.

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Free Agents

Team Domestic FA International FA
  20 players 60 players
Yomiuri Giants     内海 哲也 Utsumi, Tetsuya
      阿部 慎之助 Abe, Shinnosuke
      實松 一成 Sanematsu, Kazunari
      小笠原 道大* Ogasawara, Michihiro
      石井 義人 Ishii, Yoshihito
      谷 佳知 Tani, Yoshitomo
      鈴木 尚広 Suzuki, Takahiro
      高橋 由伸 Takahashi, Yoshinobu
Hanshin Tigers 久保田 智之 Kubota, Tomoyuki 安藤 優也 Ando, Yuya
  久保 康友 Kubo, Yasutomo 福原 忍 Fukuhara, Shinobu
      鳥谷 敬 Toritani, Takashi
      浅井 良 Asai, Ryo
Hiroshima Carp 大竹 寛 Otake, Kan 横山 竜士 Yokoyama, Ryuji
  永川 勝浩 Nagakawa, Katsuhiro 菊地原 毅 Kikuchihara, Tsuyoshi
      石原 慶幸 Ishihara, Yoshiyuki
      倉 義和 Kura, Yoshikazu
      東出 輝裕 Higashide, Akihiro
      栗原 健太 Kurihara, Kenta
      前田 智徳 Maeda, Tomonori
      廣瀬 純 Hirose, Jun
Chunichi Dragons 朝倉 健太 Asakura, Kenta 岩瀬 仁紀 Iwase, Hitoki
  中田 賢一 Nakata, Kenichi 山本昌 Yamamoto, Masahiro
      谷繁 元信* Tanishige, Motonobu
      小田 幸平 Oda, Kohei
      荒木 雅博 Araki, Masahiro
      井端 弘和 Ibata, Hirokazu
      山崎 武司* Yamasaki, Takeshi
      森野 将彦 Morino, Masahiko
      和田 一浩* Wada, Kazuhiro
Yokohama Bay Stars 林 昌範 Hayashi, Masanori 三浦 大輔 Miura, Daisuke
      中村 紀洋 Nakamura, Norihiro
      A.ラミレス Ramirez, Alex
Yakult Swallows 館山 昌平 Tateyama, Shohei 石川 雅規 Ishikawa, Masanori
  押本 健彦 Oshimoto, Takehiko 相川 亮二* Aikawa, Ryoji
  田中 浩康 Tanaka, Hiroyasu 宮本 慎也 Miyamoto, Shinya
      岩村 明憲 Iwamura, Akinori
Rakuten Eagles 加藤 大輔* Kato, Daisuke 星野 智樹 Hoshino, Tomoki
  藤田 一也 Fujita, Kazuya 小山 伸一郎 Koyama, Shinichiro
  鉄平 Teppei 高須 洋介 Takasu, Yosuke
Seibu Lions 涌井 秀章 Hideaki, Wakui 西口 文也 Nishiguchi, Fumiya
  片岡 治大 Kataoka, Yasuyuki 石井 一久* Ishii, Kazuhisa
  栗山 巧 Kuriyama, Takumi 中村 剛也* Nakamura, Takeya
Chiba Lotte Marines     吉見 祐治 Yoshimi, Yuji
      小野 晋吾 Ono, Shingo
      渡辺 俊介 Watanabe, Shunsuke
      里崎 智也 Satozaki, Tomoya
      井口 資仁 Iguchi, Tadahito
      今江 敏晃 Imae, Toshiaki
      福浦 和也 Fukuura, Kazuya
Softbank Hawks 山本 省吾 Yamamoto, Shogo 松中 信彦 Matsunaka, Nobuhiko
  山崎 勝己 Yamazaki, Katsuki    
Orix Buffaloes     平井 正史 Hirai, Masafumi
      高橋 信二 Takahashi, Shinji
      J.フェルナンデス Fernandez, Jose
Nippon Ham Fighters 鶴岡 慎也 Tsuruoka, Shinya 武田 久 Takeda, Hisashi
  小谷野 栄一 Koyano, Eiichi 中嶋 聡* Nakajima, Satoshi
      飯山 裕志 Iiyama, Yuji
      金子 誠 Kaneko, Makoto
      二岡 智宏 Nioka, Tomohiro
      稲葉 篤紀* Inaba, Atsunori
      赤田 将吾 Akada, Shogo

* = New option
bold* = New option with injury exception
italics = Re-earned
italics* = Re-earned, holding

2012 FA filing deadline passes, six players file

by on Nov.14, 2012 @ 4:11 pm, under NPB
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The free agent filing deadline passed on Tuesday.  Of the eighty-five players that had options, only six were contained on the list posted by the NPB today.  All six players will be allowed to speak to other teams beginning on Thursday.

FA List

2012 Team Opt Type Name JPN Name ENG Pos Age Type Plans
Hanshin Domestic 平野 恵一 Hirano, Keiichi INF 33 B Orix
Orix Domestic 寺原 隼人 Terahara, Hayato P 29 B Softbank
Hanshin International 藤川 球児 Fujikawa, Kyuji P 32 A Wants to play in Majors
Nippon Ham International 田中 賢介 Tanaka, Kensuke INF 31 A Wants to play in Majors
Seibu International 中島 裕之 Nakajima, Hiroyuki INF 30 A Wants to play in Majors;
also listening to domestic offers
Orix International 日高  剛 Hidaka, Takeshi C 35 - Hanshin

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Source: official list

NPB 2012 FA filing period begins Monday

by on Nov.04, 2012 @ 2:54 pm, under NPB
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Players will have from November 5 until November 13 to file their free agent options.  The list will of players that filed their options will become official on the 14th.  Players on the list will be free to speak to other teams beginning on the 15th.

Among some of the players that may be considering free agency:

Kensuke Tanaka (Nippon Ham, international, Class A) > wants to play in Majors

Hiroyuki Nakajima (Seibu, international, Class A) > wants to play in Majors

Toshiaki Imae (Lotte, domestic, Class A) > curious about what other teams think of him

Hayato Terahara (Orix, domestic, Class B) > Softbank

Takeshi Hidaka (Orix, international) > wants to play for a team that needs him, Hanshin interested

Kenta Asakura (Chunichi, domestic) > curious about what other teams think of him

Kohei Oda (Chunichi, international) > still considering options

Keiichi Hirano (Hanshin, domestic, Class B) > has not committed either way

Takashi Toritani (Hanshin, international, Class A) > would like to play in Majors, but is currently fifty-fifty

Kyuji Fujikawa (Hanshin, international, Class A) > wants to play in Majors

2012 NPB Free Agent List

by on Oct.24, 2012 @ 6:57 pm, under NPB
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The NPB posted a list of eighty-five players with free agent options.

Earned domestic option this season: 13
Earned international option this season: 8
Earned option after claiming injury exception: 3

Players will have seven business days (Saturday, Sunday, and holidays excluded) after the end of the Nippon Series to exercise their options.  Negotiations can begin the day after a player is officially listed as a free agent by the NPB offices.

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Team Domestic FA International FA
  18 players 67 players
Nippon Ham Fighters 武田 久* Takeda, Hisashi 木田 優夫 Kida, Masao
  飯山 裕志* Iiyama, Yuji 中嶋 聡 Nakajima, Satoshi
      田中 賢介 Tanaka, Kensuke
      金子 誠 Kaneko, Makoto
      二岡 智宏 Nioka, Tomohiro
      稲葉 篤紀 Inaba, Atsunori
Seibu Lions 中村 剛也* Nakamura, Takeya 西口 文也 Nishiguchi, Fumiya
      石井 一久 Ishii, Kazuhisa
      星野 智樹 Hoshino, Tomoki
      中島 裕之* Nakajima, Hiroyuki
      平尾 博嗣 Hirao, Hiroshi
      阿部 真宏 Abe, Masahiro
      佐藤 友亮 Sato, Tomoaki
      嶋 重宣 Shima, Shigenobu
Softbank Hawks     小久保 裕紀 Kokubo, Hiroki
      松中 信彦 Matsunaka, Nobuhiko
Rakuten Eagles 山村 宏樹 Yamamura, Hiroki J.フェルナンデス* Fernandez, Jose
  小山 伸一郎* Koyama, Shinichiro 高須 洋介 Takasu, Yosuke
  岩村 明憲 Iwamura, Akinori    
Chiba Lotte Marines 今江 敏晃* Imae, Toshiaki 吉見 祐治 Yoshimi, Yuji
      小野 晋吾 Ono, Shingo
      渡辺 俊介 Watanabe, Shunsuke
      里崎 智也 Satozaki, Tomoya
      今岡 誠 Imaoka, Makoto
      井口 資仁 Iguchi, Tadahito
      福浦 和也 Fukuura, Kazuya
Orix Buffaloes 寺原 隼人* Terahara, Hayato 日高 剛 Hidaka, Takeshi
  赤田 将吾 Akada, Shogo 鈴木 郁洋* Suzuki, Fumihiro
      高橋 信二 Takahashi, Shinji
      北川 博敏 Kitagawa, Hirotoshi
Yomiuri Giants 内海 哲也* Utsumi, Tetsuya 阿部 慎之助 Abe, Shinnosuke
  實松 一成* Sanematsu, Kazunari 小笠原 道大 Ogasawara, Michihiro
      石井 義人 Ishii, Yoshihito
      古城 茂幸 Furuki, Shigeyuki
      谷 佳知 Tani, Yoshitomo
      鈴木 尚広 Suzuki, Takahiro
      高橋 由伸 Takahashi, Yoshinobu
Chunichi Dragons 朝倉 健太* Asakura, Kenta 岩瀬 仁紀 Iwase, Hitoki
      平井 正史 Hirai, Masafumi
      山本昌 Yamamoto, Masahiro
      谷繁 元信 Tanishige, Motonobu
      小田 幸平* Oda, Kohei
      荒木 雅博 Araki, Masahiro
      井端 弘和 Ibata, Hirokazu
      山崎 武司 Yamasaki, Takeshi
      森野 将彦 Morino, Masahiko
      和田 一浩 Wada, Kazuhiro
      英智 Kuramoto, Hidenori
Yakult Swallows 館山 昌平* Tateyama, Shohei 石川 雅規 Ishikawa, Masanori
      相川 亮二# Aikawa, Ryoji
      宮本 慎也 Miyamoto, Shinya
      福地 寿樹 Fukuchi, Kazuki
      宮出 隆自 Miyade, Ryuji
Hiroshima Carp 菊地原 毅 Kikuchihara, Tsuyoshi 横山 竜士 Yokoyama, Ryuji
      石原 慶幸 Ishihara, Yoshiyuki
      倉 義和 Kura, Yoshikazu
      東出 輝裕 Higashide, Akihiro
      栗原 健太* Kurihara, Kenta
      石井 琢朗 Ishii, Takuro
      前田 智徳 Maeda, Tomonori
      廣瀬 純* Hirose, Jun
Hanshin Tigers 安藤 優也 Ando, Yuya 藤川 球児* Fujikawa, Kyuji
  平野 恵一* Hirano, Keiichi 福原 忍 Fukuhara, Shinobu
  浅井 良* Asai, Ryo 鳥谷 敬* Toritani, Takashi
      金本 知憲 Kanemoto, Tomoaki
      桧山 進次郎 Hiyama, Shinjiro
Yokohama Bay Stars 山本 省吾* Yamamoto, Shogo 清水 直行 Shimizu, Naoyuki
      A.ラミレス Ramirez, Alex

* first time
# re-earned