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[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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[11/4/2013] 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

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

122 Players Became Free Agents Today

by on Dec.02, 2011 @ 10:11 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates
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The NPB Commissioner's office released the remaining free agents after teams posted their holdover lists.

Free Agents

Tm Pos Player JPN Player ENG DOB HT WT T B
SOF P 有馬 翔 Arima, Sho Jun. 5, 1990 174 76 L L
SOF P E.バリオス Barrios, Edison Oct. 11, 1988 185 85 R R
SOF P Y.ブラゾバン Brazoban, Yhency Nov. 6, 1980 186 113 R R
SOF P J.デレオン DeLeon, Juan Jun. 24, 1980 180 75 R R
SOF P 藤田 宗一 Fujita, Soichi Oct. 17, 1972 173 78 L L
SOF P D.J.ホールトン Houlton, D.J. Aug. 12, 1979 193 101 R R
SOF P A.レルー Lerew, Anthony Oct. 28, 1982 194 102 R L
SOF P 高橋 徹 Takahashi, Toru Feb. 23, 1987 183 80 R R
SOF INF 豊福 晃司 Toyofuku, Koji May 17, 1991 179 76 R L
SOF OF J.オーティズ Ortiz, Jose Jun. 13, 1977 177 80 R R
SEI P A.グラマン Graman, Alex Nov. 17, 1977 193 91 L L
SEI P 岩崎 哲也 Iwasaki, Tetsuya Oct. 13, 1982 190 93 R R
SEI P 山崎 敏 Yamazaki, Satoshi Apr. 8, 1981 172 73 L L
SEI P 朱 大衛 Zhu, Da-Wei Jul. 25, 1988 184 80 R R
SEI C 中田 祥多 Nakata, Shota Feb. 22, 1990 182 84 R R
SEI INF J.フェルナンデス Fernandez, Jose Nov. 2, 1974 192 100 R R
SEI INF 石井 義人 Ishii, Yoshihito Jul. 12, 1978 178 82 R L
SEI OF G.G.佐藤 Sato, Takahiko Aug. 9, 1978 184 98 R R
LOT P B.マーフィー Murphy, Bill May 9, 1981 180 86 L L
LOT P 那須野 巧 Nasuno, Takumi Oct. 4, 1982 192 84 L L
LOT P 坪井 俊樹 Tsuboi, Toshiki Jul. 7, 1986 186 70 L L
LOT C 宮本 裕司 Miyamoto, Hiroshi Jan. 7, 1983 182 85 R L
LOT INF J.カスティーヨ Castillo, Jose Mar. 19, 1981 186 90 R R
LOT INF 金 泰均 Kim, Tae-Kyun May 29, 1982 184 100 R R
LOT INF 定岡 卓摩 Sadaoka, Takuma Oct. 17, 1986 180 85 R R
HAM P ダース ローマシュ匡 Dass, Romash Tasuku Dec. 15, 1988 191 78 R R
HAM P 林 昌範 Hayashi, Masanori Sep. 19, 1983 187 84 L L
HAM P 加藤 武治 Kato, Takeharu Mar. 24, 1978 188 82 R R
HAM P 菊地 和正 Kikuchi, Kazumasa Jun. 27, 1982 181 76 R R
HAM C 渡部 龍一 Watanabe, Ryuichi Oct. 2, 1985 171 79 R R
HAM INF B.スケールズ Scales, Bobby Oct. 4, 1977 182 86 R S
HAM OF 松坂 健太 Matsusaka, Kenta Aug. 16, 1985 187 86 R R
HAM OF 大平 成一 Ohira, Seiichi Apr. 8, 1989 185 88 R L
ORI P 長谷川 昌幸 Hasegawa, Masayuki Jul. 16, 1977 185 80 R R
ORI P 甲斐 拓哉 Kai, Takuya Dec. 18, 1990 183 83 R R
ORI P 梶本 達哉 Kajimoto, Tatsuya Aug. 21, 1986 187 72 R R
ORI P 加藤 大輔 Kato, Daisuke Jul. 27, 1980 179 90 R R
ORI P 小林 賢司 Kobayashi, Kenji Jul. 3, 1985 184 82 R R
ORI P 小林 雅英 Kobayashi, Masahide May 24, 1974 182 89 R R
ORI P 小島 心二郎 Kojima, Shinjiro Jun. 11, 1982 183 85 L L
ORI P 延江 大輔 Nobue, Daisuke Feb. 3, 1989 184 75 L L
ORI P 朴 贊浩 Park, Chan-Ho Jun. 30, 1973 188 92 R R
ORI P 山崎 正貴 Yamazaki, Masataka May 9, 1989 183 75 R R
ORI C 前田 大輔 Maeda, Daisuke Sep. 14, 1979 179 80 R R
ORI INF M.ヘスマン Hessman, Mike Mar. 5, 1978 196 98 R R
ORI INF 李 承ヨプ Lee, Seung-Yeop Aug. 18, 1976 183 85 L L
ORI INF 高島 毅 Takashima, Tsuyoshi May 29, 1986 176 78 R R
ORI OF F.カラバイヨ Caraballo, Francisco Oct. 21, 1983 187 105 R R
ORI OF 下山 真二 Shimoyama, Shinji Dec. 1, 1975 175 75 R R
ORI OF 田口 壮 Taguchi, So Jul. 2, 1969 177 77 R R
ORI OF 坪井 智哉 Tsuboi, Tomochika Feb. 19, 1974 177 79 L L
RAK P 藤原 紘通 Fujiwara, Hiromichi Jan. 15, 1985 177 78 L L
RAK P 石田 隆司 Ishida, Takashi Jun. 13, 1989 184 84 R R
RAK P 鎌田 祐哉 Kamada, Yuya Nov. 30, 1978 184 85 R R
RAK P 木谷 寿巳 Kitani, Hisashi Oct. 15, 1980 180 78 R R
RAK P 松本 輝 Matsumoto, Akira Aug. 30, 1977 180 80 R R
RAK P 岡本 真或 Okamoto, Shinya Oct. 21, 1974 183 93 R R
RAK P 寺田 龍平 Terada, Ryuhei Jun. 20, 1989 185 76 R S
RAK P 栂野 雅史 Togano, Masafumi Oct. 19, 1984 186 92 R R
RAK C 中谷 仁 Nakatani, Jin May 5, 1979 182 85 R R
RAK INF 丈武 Morita, Jobu Nov. 29, 1980 185 84 R R
RAK INF 中川 大志 Nakagawa, Taishi Jun. 8, 1990 186 92 R R
RAK INF 塩川 達也 Shiokawa, Tatsuya Mar. 15, 1983 180 79 R R
RAK INF 山崎 武司 Yamasaki, Takeshi Nov. 7, 1968 182 100 R R
RAK OF 平石 洋介 Hiraishi, Yosuke Apr. 23, 1980 175 75 L L
CHU P チェン Chen, Wei-Ying Jul. 21, 1985 182 80 L L
CHU P 河原 純一 Kawahara, Junichi Jan. 22, 1973 183 74 R R
CHU P 木下 達生 Kinoshita, Tatsuo Nov. 28, 1987 183 87 R R
CHU P 長峰 昌司 Nagamine, Shoji Aug. 8, 1984 192 94 L L
CHU INF 水田 圭介 Mizuta, Keisuke Nov. 4, 1980 175 74 R R
CHU INF 佐伯 貴弘 Saeki, Takahiro Apr. 18, 1970 186 90 L L
CHU OF 中川 裕貴 Nakagawa, Hiroki Apr. 26, 1985 176 76 R R
CHU OF 中村 一生 Nakamura, Issei Apr. 2, 1982 186 85 R R
HAN P 阿部 健太 Abe, Kenta Sep. 8, 1984 184 79 R L
HAN P 桟原 将司 Sajikihara, Masashi Aug. 21, 1982 183 93 R R
HAN P 下柳 剛 Shimoyanagi, Tsuyoshi May 16, 1968 184 91 L L
HAN P 杉山 直久 Sugiyama, Naohisa Dec. 25, 1980 183 84 R R
HAN OF 葛城 育郎 Katsuragi, Ikuro Sep. 28, 1977 180 87 L L
HAN OF 桜井 広大 Sakurai, Kodai Jul. 1, 1983 181 95 R R
YOM P J.アルバラデホ Albaladejo, Jonathan Oct. 30, 1982 196 118 R R
YOM P 古川 祐樹 Furukawa, Yuki Apr. 5, 1985 168 67 L L
YOM P S.グライシンガー Greisinger, Seth Jul. 29, 1975 190 90 R R
YOM P 黄 志龍 Huang, Chih-Lung Feb. 22, 1989 177 80 R R
YOM P MICHEAL Nakamura, Micheal Sep. 6, 1976 178 82 R R
YOM P 中里 篤史 Nakazato, Atsushi Sep. 12, 1982 185 85 R L
YOM P 齋藤 圭祐 Saito, Keisuke Sep. 24, 1990 184 90 R R
YOM P C.トーレス Torres, Carlos Oct. 22, 1982 188 82 R R
YOM P 土本 恭平 Tsuchimoto, Kyohei Oct. 13, 1985 175 73 R R
YOM P 上野 貴久 Ueno, Takahisa Dec. 9, 1982 177 82 L L
YOM INF J.フィールズ Fields, Josh Dec. 14, 1982 188 95 R R
YOM INF 高橋 信二 Takahashi, Shinji Aug. 7, 1978 182 85 R R
YOM INF 円谷 英俊 Tsuburaya, Hidetoshi Sep. 17, 1984 181 78 R L
YOM INF 脇谷 亮太 Wakiya, Ryota Nov. 4, 1981 176 74 R L
YOM INF 山本 和作 Yamamoto, Kazunao Sep. 21, 1986 182 87 R R
YOM OF 紺田 敏正 Konta, Toshimasa Aug. 12, 1980 185 77 R L
YOM OF A.ラミレス Ramirez, Alex Oct. 3, 1974 180 86 R R
YAK P 岡本 直也 Okamoto, Naoya Jul. 28, 1983 178 88 L L
YAK P 高木 啓充 Takagi, Hiromitsu Sep. 16, 1983 181 85 R R
YAK P 高市 俊 Takaichi, Shun Jul. 9, 1984 177 85 R R
YAK P 吉川 昌宏 Yoshikawa, Masahiro Jun. 29, 1978 173 80 R L
YAK C 衣川 篤史 Kinugawa, Atsushi Mar. 20, 1981 179 93 R R
YAK INF 吉本 亮 Yoshimoto, Ryo May 8, 1980 180 86 R R
YAK OF A.ガイエル Guiel, Aaron Oct. 5, 1972 178 90 R L
YAK OF 濱中 治 Hamanaka, Osamu Jul. 9, 1978 178 83 R R
YAK OF 中尾 敏浩 Nakao, Toshihiro Nov. 12, 1982 178 76 R L
HIR P 林 昌樹 Hayashi, Masaki Nov. 28, 1979 183 85 R R
HIR P 川口 盛外 Kawaguchi, Taketo Aug. 15, 1985 172 83 L L
HIR P 菊地原 毅 Kikuchihara, Tsuyoshi Mar. 7, 1975 185 90 L L
HIR P 宮崎 充登 Miyazaki, Michito Sep. 6, 1978 181 80 R R
HIR P M.シュルツ Schultz, Mike Nov. 28, 1979 201 100 R R
HIR P D.ソリアーノ Soriano, Dioni Dec. 30, 1982 188 75 L R
HIR P 豊田 清 Toyoda, Kiyoshi Feb. 2, 1971 180 85 R R
YOK P 秦 裕二 Hata, Yuji Jun. 3, 1983 182 85 R R
YOK P 松山 傑 Matsuyama, Suguru Sep. 8, 1989 180 78 R R
YOK P 大家 友和 Oka, Tomokazu Mar. 18, 1976 185 91 R S
YOK P 杉原 洋 Sugihara, Yo May 31, 1985 187 83 R L
YOK C 橋本 将 Hashimoto, Tasuku May 1, 1976 179 88 R L
YOK INF 稲田 直人 Inada, Naoto Nov. 6, 1979 177 78 R L
YOK INF 喜田 剛 Kida, Go Oct. 25, 1979 182 83 R L
YOK OF 早川 大輔 Hayakawa, Daisuke Jun. 3, 1975 177 80 R S
YOK OF 桑原 義行 Kuwahara, Yoshiyuki Jun. 15, 1982 180 86 R R
YOK OF T.スレッジ Sledge, Terrmel Mar. 18, 1977 183 86 L L

122 players

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Twelve players file for free agency

by on Dec.01, 2011 @ 5:06 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates
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The NPB commissioner's office announced today that the following players exercised their FA options:

2011 Free Agents

Team Name JPN Name ENG Pos Type
Softbank Hawks 杉内 俊哉 Sugiuchi, Toshiya P Dom
Seibu Lions 許 銘傑 Hsu, Ming-Chieh P Dom
Seibu Lions 帆足 和幸 Hoashi, Kazuyuki P Dom
Chunichi Dragons 小池 正晃 Koike, Masaaki OF Dom
Yomiuri Giants 鶴岡 一成 Tsuruoka, Kazunari C Dom
Yokohama Bay Stars 篠原 貴行 Shinohara, Takayuki P Dom
Softbank Hawks 和田 毅 Wada, Tsuyoshi P Int
Softbank Hawks 川崎 宗則 Kawasaki, Munenori INF Int
Rakuten Eagles 岩隈 久志 Iwakuma, Hisashi P Int
Yomiuri Giants 大村 三郎 Omura, Saburo OF Int
Hanshin Tigers 新井 貴浩 Arai, Takahiro INF Int
Yokohama Bay Stars 村田 修一 Murata, Shuichi INF Int

It should also be noted that Takahiro Arai and Takayuki Shinohara will be remaining with their respective teams.

2011 Free Agents

by on Nov.08, 2011 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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The NPB released a list of players that have free agent options on Tuesday.  Of the 93 players, 22 hold domestic options while 71 hold international options.

2011 Free Agent List

Softbank Hawks
Player JPN Player ENG Type
* 杉内 俊哉 Sugiuchi, Toshiya DOM
* 和田 毅 Wada, Tsuyoshi INT
藤田 宗一 Fujita, Soichi INT
小久保 裕紀 Kokubo, Hiroki INT
A.カブレラ Cabrera, Alex INT
* 川崎 宗則 Kawasaki, Munenori INT
+ 柴原 洋 Shibahara, Hiroshi INT
松中 信彦 Matsunaka, Nobuhiko INT
Nippon Ham Fighters
Player JPN Player ENG Type
木田 優夫 Kida, Masao INT
中嶋 聡 Nakajima, Satoshi INT
* 田中 賢介 Tanaka, Kensuke INT
金子 誠 Kaneko, Makoto INT
二岡 智宏 Nioka, Tomohiro INT
稲葉 篤紀 Inaba, Atsunori INT
Seibu Lions
Player JPN Player ENG Type
* ミンチェ Hsu, Ming-Chieh DOM
* 帆足 和幸 Hoashi, Kazuyuki DOM
* 中島 裕之 Nakajima, Hiroyuki DOM
* J.フェルナンデス Fernandez, Jose DOM
西口 文也 Nishiguchi, Fumiya INT
# 石井 一久 Ishii, Kazuhisa INT
* 星野 智樹 Hoshino, Tomoki INT
石井 義人 Ishii, Yoshihito INT
平尾 博嗣 Hirao, Hiroshi INT
* 阿部 真宏 Abe, Masahiro INT
* 佐藤 友亮 Sato, Tomoaki INT
Orix Buffaloes
Player JPN Player ENG Type
長谷川 昌幸 Hasegawa, Masayuki DOM
* 鈴木 郁洋 Suzuki, Fumihiro DOM
* 赤田 将吾 Akada, Shogo DOM
日高 剛 Hidaka, Takeshi INT
北川 博敏 Kitagawa, Hirotoshi INT
坪井 智哉 Tsuboi, Tomochika INT
Rakuten Eagles
Player JPN Player ENG Type
* 山村 宏樹 Yamamura, Hiroki DOM
* 岩村 明憲 Iwamura, Akinori DOM
高須 洋介 Takasu, Yosuke INT
山崎 武司 Yamasaki, Takeshi INT
* 岩隈 久志 Iwakuma, Hisashi INT
Chiba Lotte Marines
Player JPN Player ENG Type
* 吉見 祐治 Yoshimi, Yuji INT
小野 晋吾 Ono, Shingo INT
* 渡辺 俊介 Watanabe, Shunsuke INT
川越 英隆 Kawagoe, Hidetaka INT
* 里崎 智也 Satozaki, Tomoya INT
今岡 誠 Imaoka, Makoto INT
井口 資仁 Iguchi, Tadahito INT
福浦 和也 Fukuura, Kazuya INT
Chunichi Dragons
Player JPN Player ENG Type
* 河原 純一 Kawahara, Junichi DOM
* 小田 幸平 Oda, Kohei DOM
* 小池 正晃 Koike, Masaaki DOM
岩瀬 仁紀 Iwase, Hitoki INT
平井 正史 Hirai, Masafumi INT
山本昌 Yamamoto, Masahiro INT
谷繁 元信 Tanishige, Motonobu INT
荒木 雅博 Araki, Masahiro INT
井端 弘和 Ibata, Hirokazu INT
佐伯 貴弘 Saeki, Takahiro INT
森野 将彦 Morino, Masahiko INT
# 和田 一浩 Wada, Kazuhiro INT
英智 Kuramoto, Hidenori INT
Yakult Swallows
Player JPN Player ENG Type
+ 濱中 治 Hamanaka, Osamu DOM
* 石川 雅規 Ishikawa, Masanori INT
宮本 慎也 Miyamoto, Shinya INT
福地 寿樹 Fukuchi, Kazuki INT
* 宮出 隆自 Miyade, Ryuji INT
Yomiuri Giants
Player JPN Player ENG Type
* 鶴岡 一成 Tsuruoka, Kazunari DOM
阿部 慎之助 Abe, Shinnosuke INT
小笠原 道大 Ogasawara, Michihiro INT
* 高橋 信二 Takahashi, Shinji INT
古城 茂幸 Furuki, Shigeyuki INT
大村 三郎 Omura, Saburo INT
A.ラミレス Ramirez, Alex INT
谷 佳知 Tani, Yoshitomo INT
* 鈴木 尚広 Suzuki, Takahiro INT
高橋 由伸 Takahashi, Yoshinobu INT
Hanshin Tigers
Player JPN Player ENG Type
安藤 優也 Ando, Yuya DOM
* 藤川 球児 Fujikawa, Kyuji DOM
* 鳥谷 敬 Toritani, Takashi DOM
福原 忍 Fukuhara, Shinobu INT
# 新井 貴浩 Arai, Takahiro INT
金本 知憲 Kanemoto, Tomoaki INT
桧山 進次郎 Hiyama, Shinjiro INT
Hiroshima Carp
Player JPN Player ENG Type
菊地原 毅 Kikuchihara, Tsuyoshi DOM
* 栗原 健太 Kurihara, Kenta DOM
* 廣瀬 純 Hirose, Jun DOM
横山 竜士 Yokoyama, Ryuji INT
+ 豊田 清 Toyoda, Kiyoshi INT
* 石原 慶幸 Ishihara, Yoshiyuki INT
倉 義和 Kura, Yoshikazu INT
東出 輝裕 Higashide, Akihiro INT
石井 琢朗 Ishii, Takuro INT
前田 智徳 Maeda, Tomonori INT
* 嶋 重宣 Shima, Shigenobu INT
Yokohama Bay Stars
Player JPN Player ENG Type
* 篠原 貴行 Shinohara, Takayuki DOM
清水 直行 Shimizu, Naoyuki INT
* 村田 修一 Murata, Shuichi INT

* Newly earned
# Re-earned
+ Retired

Hanshin Tigers to meet with Hiroyuki Kobayashi tomorrow

by on Jan.19, 2011 @ 9:00 pm, under NPB
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Team president Nobuo Minami told reporters today that the club will be meeting with Hiroyuki Kobayashi at a hotel in Osaka some time tomorrow.  Minami and Akinobu Mayumi are expected to attend the meeting.  A multi-year deal is supposedly already on the table.

Minami: "We'll meet with him directly and have our final say.  Being able to sit down [with Kobayashi] is good news for the Tigers."

Mayumi: "I'd like for him to wear a Tigers uniform."

Hiroyuki Kobayashi News and Notes: January 17, 2011

by on Jan.17, 2011 @ 12:40 pm, under MLB, NPB
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The Tigers have apparently secured a spring camp hotel room for Hiroyuki Kobayashi, just in case.  They'll able be ready to supply him with a uniform, when / if he signs with the team -- the company that makes the uniforms for the Tigers also makes the uniforms for the Chiba Lotte Marines and can quickly figure out Kobayashi's size.

Meanwhile, Kobayashi told reporters yesterday that he'll pitch in what ever role he's assigned to.

"I don't really care where I pitch, " said Kobayashi.  "Whichever team I sign with, I'll pitch where ever they tell me.  I have confidence I can do both (start and relieve) and want to do my job where ever they put me."

That could be good news for the Tigers, because they see Kobayashi as a set-up man for Kyuji Fujikawa.

Incidentally, Kobayashi also said that he enjoyed starting the most and that the toughest part of relieving was giving up the lead.