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[11/12/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters close to finalizing deal with Brandon Laird

by on Nov.13, 2014 @ 4:40 am, under NPB
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According to Nikkan Sports, the Nippon Ham Fighters are close to finalizing a deal with twenty-seven-year-old infielder Brandon Laird. An announcement could be made within the next few days.  The Fighters could see Laird as someone that might be able to fill the openings left by the likely departures of Eiichi Koyano and Keiji Obiki.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2014

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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

[11/12/2014] Yomiuri Giants interested in Miles Mikolas and Aaron Poreda

by on Nov.12, 2014 @ 1:24 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants are interested in pitchers Miles Mikolas (26) and Aaron Poreda (28).

Source: Sanspo 11/12/2014, Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant has also mentioned the story.

The Rangers will start to create some room on their jam-packed 40-man roster by selling the rights of pitchers Miles Mikolas and Aaron Poreda to Yomiuri of the Japanese Central League, a major league source confirmed.

Source: Dallas Morning News 11/11/2014

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2014 Suzuki Japan All-Star Series

by on Nov.09, 2014 @ 11:21 pm, under Samurai Japan
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Series MVP: Yanagita, Yuki.

Samurai Japan won the series, 3-2.

Date Time Gm   Score   Venue Attendance TV
11/10 Mon 18:00 EX Softbank-Nippon Ham 1-0 Samurai Japan YafuOku Dome 23446 Fuji TV
11/11 Tue 18:00 EX MLB All-Stars 8-7 Hanshin-Yomiuri Koshien Stadium 26946 Nippon TV
11/12 Wed 18:00 1 MLB All-Stars 0-2 Samurai Japan Kyocera Dome 33003 Nippon TV
11/14 Fri 18:00 2 MLB All-Stars 4-8 Samurai Japan Tokyo Dome 42277 Nippon TV
11/15 Sat 18:00 3 MLB All-Stars 0-4 Samurai Japan Tokyo Dome 46084 Nippon TV
11/16 Sun 18:00 4 MLB All-Stars 6-1 Samurai Japan Tokyo Dome 43705 TV Asahi
11/18 Tue 19:00 5 MLB All-Stars 3-1 Samurai Japan Sapporo Dome 30159 TBS
11/20 Thu 18:00 EX MLB All-Stars 4-6 Samurai Japan Okinawa Cellular Stadium Naha 17941 TBS

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