The NPB posted reserved lists for all twelve teams on December 2. They also posted a list of players (130) that automatically became free agents because they were not included on their team's reserved list.
Tag: Free Agents
Players that Exercised Free Agent Options
|Pos||Name JPN||Name ENG||Team||Age||Type||Salary||Rank||Compensation||Interest|
|INF||脇谷 亮太||Wakiya, Ryota||SEI||34||DOM||24.00M||C||None||Yomiuri
Signed w/ Yomiuri (12/2)
|P||高橋 聡文||Takahashi, Akifumi||CHU||32||DOM||30.00M||C||None||Hanshin
Signed w/ Hanshin (11/23)
|INF||松田 宣浩||Matsuda, Nobuhiro||SOF||32||INT||220.00M||B||Softbank/MLB
Signed w/ Softbank (12/24)
|INF||今江 敏晃||Imae, Toshiaki||LOT||32||INT||200.00M||A||
80% 2015 salary
Signed w/ Rakuten (11/27)
|INF||田中 浩康||Tanaka, Hiroyasu||YAK||33||INT||75.00M||B||
60% 2015 salary
To remain with Yakult (11/12)
|INF||木村 昇吾||Kimura, Shogo||HIR||35||INT||41.00M||C||None||Seibu
Signed w/Seibu (2/5)
The free agent filing period ended today. The NPB commissioner's office will process the submissions and post them tomorrow. Teams will be allowed to contact players that filed options beginning on Thursday, November 12.
The following players have already stated that they filed their options:
- Nobuhiro Matsuda (Softbank) - B rank - MLB or Softbank
- Toshiaki Imae (Lotte) - A rank - ?
- Ryota Wakiya (Seibu) - C rank - Yomiuri possible
- Akifumi Takahashi (Chunichi) - C rank - Hanshin possible
The NPB released a list of players that hold free agent options.
Twenty-three players earned their options for the first time this year. Twenty earned international options (of which six re-earned the option). Six already had domestic options and forty-six already had international options. A total ninety-five players hold some sort of an option.
Players will have seven business days (excludes weekends and holidays), beginning the day after the Nippon Series, to exercise their options. Negotiations can begin the day after players are official listed as free agents by the NPB.
The NPB posted reserved lists for all twelve teams on Tuesday. They also posted a list of players (125 in all) that became free agents because they were left off their team's reserved lists.
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.
|INF||鳥谷 敬||Toritani, Takashi||HAN||33||INT||300.00M||A||
To stay with Hanshin
|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||Nobuyuki Okumura + 20% 2014 salary
To sign with Yomiuri
|P||金子 千尋||Kaneko, Chihiro||ORI||31||DOM||200.00M||A||
Signed 4-year deal with Orix worth an estimated two billion yen on Dec 24.
|INF||大引 啓次||Obiki, Keiji||HAM||30||DOM||70.00M||B||
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||
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||
Signed 3-year deal with Hanshin worth estimated 450 million on Nov 13.
* Salaries are not official, only estimates
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
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.
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.
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|
|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|
* estimates posted by Nikkan Sports
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.
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.
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