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[12/5/2014] Orix Buffaloes come to terms with Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Dec.05, 2014 @ 2:17 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes have announced that they came to terms with Hiroyuki Nakajima (32). He was assigned the uniform number 1.

According to CBS Sports, Nakajima agreed to a three-year deal worth twelve million US dollars (about 1.4 billion yen).

Source: official announcement, CBS Sports 12/4/2014, Sponichi 12/4/2014

[UPDATE @ 9:20pm]

The Buffaloes held a press conference for Nakajima a little earlier today.

Source: official announcement

[UPDATE @ 11:47pm]

A few notes:

  • The Hanshin Tigers were informed by e-mail that Nakajima was not going to sign with them on Thursday night. They were disappointed, but also did not want to get involved in a bidding war to land him. Source: Daily Sports 12/5/2014
  • It likely came down to the Tigers and Buffaloes at the end. Hanshin's last offer was rumored to be three years at 900 million yen. The Buffaloes went higher. Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014
  • A team official told reporters that Nakajima agreed to a three-year deal worth 1.2 billion yen. Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014

Sponichi has posted a portion of his press conference:

What made you decide to return Japan?

I did want to play in the United States, but I'd be in a situation where I wouldn't how I'd be spending my year just to make it to the Majors. I felt I couldn't afford to waste any more time.

You had a number of offers on the table and decided to come here.

They were close to winning a championship and they asked me to help them. Orix has changed. I'd like to do what I can to help.

How were your two years in the States?

It went by so quickly. I got hurt so things didn't really go according to the way I hoped, but there were a lot of positives too.

How do you feel about your hitting?

I want to drive in a lot of runs. Hitting for average is important, as is driving the ball. I want to be able to get the kind of hit that's needed.

You'll be playing close to home.

There were a lot of people that helped me out over the years. I'd like to take things one at a time.

Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014

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[12/4/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Seung-Hwan Oh

by on Dec.05, 2014 @ 5:25 am, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes held a press conference to introduce Eiichi Koyano on Thursday. He was assigned the number thirty-one. Source: official announcement

Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) returned to Japan on Wednesday. He is expected to meet teams interested in his services, like Hanshin, Seibu, and Chunichi. Source: Chunichi Sports 12/4/2014 ... The Orix Buffaloes could offer a four-year deal worth about 1.4 billion yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/4/2014 ... The Seibu Lions got a phone call from Nakajima's agent on Thursday. Their offer was turned down. Source: Sports Hochi 12/4/2014, Sponichi 12/4/2014

According to Sports Hochi, Seung-Hwan Oh could be more interested in returning to the Samsung Lions (KBO) after the 2015 season than heading to the Majors. Source: Sports Hochi 12/4/2014

The Tigers are close to finalizing new contracts with Mauro Gomez (30) and Matt Murton (33). Source: Sanspo 12/4/2014

Takahiro Norimoto (23) turned down a three-year offer worth about 360 million yen from the Rakuten Eagles for a one-year deal at an estimated 120 million yen. Norimoto is not interested in the Majors at this point in time. His long-term goal is to become the best pitcher in the NPB. Source: Chunichi Sports 12/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/4/2014 ... Norimoto joined Yoshinobu Takahashi (2000, 110 million), Daisuke Matsuzaka (2001, 100 million), Micheal Nakamura (2007, 158 million yen), and Tomoyuki Sugano (2015, 110 million) as the only players in NPB history to reach 100 million yen in their third year. Source: Sanspo 12/4/2014

Nippon Ham's Sho Nakata (25) agreed to contract worth 200 million yen in 2015 on Wednesday and became the first position player out of high school in franchise history to reach 200 million in his eighth year. Source: Daily Sports 12/4/2014, Sanspo 12/4/2014

Takayuki Makka (23) will be playing for Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kazusa Magic (Industrial League) next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/4/2014

Yohei Oshima (29) is planning to return to the negotiationg table with data on how much other players made after having the same kind of season he had this year. Source: Daily Sports 12/4/2014

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[12/3/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Brad Eldred, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Dec.04, 2014 @ 12:31 am, under NPB
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Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) returned to Japan on Wednesday. The Softbank Hawks are expected to hold a press conference to introduce Matsuzaka as their newest addition as early as the 5th. Source: Sponichi 12/3/2014

The Hiroshima Carp re-signed Brad Eldred (34) to a new one-year deal worth an estimated 915,000 US dollars plus incentives (up from 500,000 US dollars this season). Source: Sanspo 12/2/2014, Sponichi 12/2/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are not planning to pursue Hiroyuki Nakajima (32). They are interested in Tony Blanco (34) and Bryan Bullington (34). Source: Daily Sports 12/2/2014 ... Sports Hochi is reporting that the Buffaloes shifted their attention to Nakajima after they learned Munenori Kawasaki (33) still wants to play in the Majors. They could be preparing a four-year package worth an estimated 1.5 billion yen. Source: Sports Hochi 12/3/2014

The Hanshin Tigers told reporters they opted not to improve their offer to Nakajima when recently contacted by his agent. They do not plan on changing their offer at this point in time. Source: Sanspo 12/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2014

The Tigers could visit Cuba in January next year to check on talent. They are looking for a fifth foreign player as insurance. They are also checking players in the Dominican Republic. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/3/2014

The Rakuten Eagles could offer Takahiro Norimoto a three-year deal worth over 300 million during contract negotiations on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 12/3/2014 ... Norimoto agreed to a salary of 120 million yen, up sixty million from this season. He became the fifth player in NPB history to reach 100 million yen in his third season. Source: Daily Sports 12/3/2014, Sports Hochi 12/3/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars officially announced on Tuesday that they were parting ways with Tony Blanco (34). Source: official announcement

The Yakult Swallows are not planning to sign Chris Narveson (32) to a contract for the 2015 season. They already signed Tony Barnette (31) and Orlando Roman (36) to one-year contracts. Chris Carpenter (28) is still a question mark. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/3/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they came to terms with Chunichi senryokugai Kento Yachi (26). He was assigned the number fifty-eight. The two sides agreed to a contact worth an estimated five million yen. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 12/3/2014

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[12/1/2014] Alfredo Despaigne, Shugo Fujii, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Dec.02, 2014 @ 12:25 am, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes are looking to sign Tony Blanco (34) and Bryan Bullington (34). Source: Nikkan Sports 12/1/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are open to making changes/improvements to their last offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32), if necessary. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014 ... The Seibu Lions are not planning to make any changes to their offer. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014 ... The Orix Buffaloes could make an offer. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014 ... Nakajima wants another shot at playing in the Majors next year and could be okay with just a spring training invite. Source: Daily Sports 12/11/2014 ... Nakajima will be returning to Japan some time this week. Source: Sanspo 12/1/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines may have offered a two-year deal worth an estimated 500 million yen for Alfredo Despaigne (28). They may also be willing to give Despaigne permission to leave the team during the season next year to participate in the Pan American Games. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014

Shugo Fujii posted a series of images of a handwritten letter announcing his decision to retire on his blog on Monday. Source: Blog 12/1/2014

Doo-Sol Han (17), a high school pitcher out of Korea, is slated to play in the Industrial League next year for Riseisha Gakuen's Riseisha College of Medicine and Sports. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014

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[11/26/2014] Rumors: Yulieski Gourriel, Wily Mo Pena, Andruw Jones

by on Nov.27, 2014 @ 1:27 am, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks could hold a press conference for Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) in early December. Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2014

Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) has been narrowing down his options while conducting negotiations with teams. The Hanshin Tigers recently confirmed with Nakajima's agent that they were still in the hunt. The Tigers feel negotiations may be winding down. People close to the situation believe Nakajima could be ready to make a decision in early December. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2014

The Tigers reportedly offered Mauro Gomez (30) a two-year deal. Source: Sports Hochi 11/26/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars will push hard to re-sign Yulieski Gourriel (30). The Yomiuri Giants are also interested. The Baseball Federation of Cuba could gather some time next month to discuss potential assignments for 2015. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2014

The media learned on Tuesday that the Seibu Lions are not planning to offer Randy Williams a contract for the 2015 season. Source: Sponichi 11/25/2014

The Orix Buffaloes will most likely part ways with Wily Mo Pena (32). Source: Daily Sports 11/26/2014

If the Chiba Lotte Marines fail to re-sign Alfredo Despaigne (28), they could shift their attention to someone like Andruw Jones (37). Source: Sanspo 11/25/2014

Kota Suda (28) sat down with the Yokohama Bay Stars for contract negotiations on Tuesday. He held off on agreeing to a salary reduction because there were still some things he wanted to discuss. He will meet Yokohama again on December 10. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/25/2014

Yohei Oshima (29) could end up going through salary arbitration as the Chunichi Dragons do not appear interested in making an adjustment to their initial offer. He is slated to meet with officials again to continue negotiations. General manager Hiromitsu Ochiai is not planning to take part in the follow-up meetings. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2014 ... Oshima and Ryosuke Hirata (26) are not planning to agree to their current offers and are willing to take things to salary arbitration. Team represenative Kazuo Nishiyama told reporters he was willing to meet players as many times as they wanted, but also indicated that they should not expect any changes to their offers. It may be part of the reason why Ochiai does not plan on attending follow-up meetings with players. Source: Daily Sports 11/26/2014

Keiji Oyama (34) met the Rakuten Eagles for salary negotiations on Wednesday. He placed their offer on hold because he could not agree to the amount of their proposed salary cut (three million yen). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2014, Sports Hochi 11/26/2014

[11/24/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Alfredo Despaigne, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers have made the best offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) so far, according to people close to the situation. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

Leslie Anderson, Frederich Cepeda, Scott Mathieson, and Hector Mendoza will most likely return to the Yomiuri Giants next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014

Ryosuke Hirata (26) is not planning to accept the Chunichi Dragons' terms for 2015 until he is fully satisfied he is getting paid his fair share, even if it means negotiations run into next year. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines would like Alfredo Despaigne (28) to return to their team next year. They are planning to offer a salary of about 200 million yen plus permissions to skip spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014

The Softbank Hawks may be close to announcing an agreement with Daisuke Matsuzaka (34). Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Eiichi Koyano heading to the Orix Buffaloes, the Seibu Lions will most likely check the overseas market for third basemen, in addition to a starting pitcher. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are interested in Tony Blanco (34). Source: Sanspo 11/24/2014

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[11/22/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Bryan Bullington, Yohei Oshima

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 4:16 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers likely sweetened their package to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) by adding a fourth year to their three-year offer and the uniform number six. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Yomiuri Giants are close to finalizing contracts with Miles Mikolas (26) and Aaron Poreda (28). The only thing remaining is a standard drug test. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Toyama Thunderbirds (BC League) are interested in Yokohama senryokugai Takuro Ito (21). Toyama will most likely make a move on Ito if he does not receive any offers from NPB teams. Source: Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

Shugo Fujii (37) has received some player contract offers (independent league and overseas leagues), but none from the NPB. He has also received an offer to become a batting practice pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Seibu Lions are currently checking the overseas market for starting arms. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Softbank Hawks announced that they re-signed Daichiro Ito (21), Takeshi Hosoyamada (28), Naoki Shirane (21) and Koki Kanno (22) to Ikusei contracts. They also signed Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata (20) to an Ikusei contract. He was assigned the number 137. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014, Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

The Orix Buffaloes may be close to finalizing a contract with Bryan Bullington (34). An announcement could be made once Hiroshima removes him from their reserved list. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Buffaloes' official Ryuzo Setoyama told reporters on Friday that they made a formal offer for Wily Mo Pena (32) about five days go. It was their first official offer. Source: Daily Sports 11/22/2014

Yohei Oshima was offered an estimated seventy-four million yen during contract negotiations with Chunichi on Saturday. He placed the offer on hold because he felt his performance this season was worth more than a 17.75 million yen raise, especially after he was penalized with a 56.25 million yen salary cut last year. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014 ... Ryosuke Hirata also decided not to sign after he was offered a twelve million yen raise. He felt his performance warranted a bigger raise. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

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[11/21/2014] Rumors: Kosuke Tomita, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 4:52 am, under NPB
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The Texas Rangers made an offer to Yokohama senryokugai Kosuke Tomita (26). He was scheduled to attend the twelve-team tryout on Thursday, but canceled after he got the offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2014, Sponichi 11/21/2014

Shugo Fujii (37) may be prepared to retire if he gets no NPB offers. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

The Hanshin Tigers feel they could hear from Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) some time around December 10. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014 ... The media learned on Thursday that the Tigers submitted their final offer to Nakajima. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2014 ... Seibu does not plan on getting into a bidding war with the Tigers. They will most likely stand by their current offer. Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2014

Munenori Kawasaki (33) chatted with Isao Harimoto earlier this month. Sponichi posted their conversation on November 8. Kawasaki had this to say about his future: "I do have plans to come back to Japan. That was the plan from my first year. I have no interest in the Majors. I went because I wanted to play with Ichiro. And it was crazy. I thought I'd be cut in a month. But, it's been three years. I have more friends, and it was good having conversations I never would have had if I stayed in Japan. I have no intention of finishing my career in the United States. I still don't know what I'm going to do. All I know is that I want to play baseball." Source: Sponichi 11/21/2014

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[11/20/2014] Free Agents and Rumors: Chihiro Kaneko, Ryoji Aikawa, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.21, 2014 @ 1:56 am, under NPB
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Chihiro Kaneko

  • The Hanshin Tigers met Kaneko's agent in Tokyo on Wednesday.
  • The Tigers did not submit an offer during the meeting. They were more curious about Kaneko's itentions and plans.
  • Hanshin is still not planning to get involved until they know for certain what Kaneko wants.
  • Hanshin is interested in sitting down with Kaneko, but only if the Orix Buffaloes decide not to post him.
  • Kaneko has hired Arn Tellem.

Sources: Daily Sports 11/20/2014, Sports Hochi 11/20/2014, Liz Mullen Tweet 11/18/2014

Ryoji Aikawa

  • Aikawa is planning to announce his decision on Friday. He is expected to sign with the Yomiuri Giants.
  • The Giants will most likely offer Aikawa the number 23.
  • Yomiuri's offer will most likely be a one-year deal worth around sixty million yen.

Sources: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2014, Daily Sports 11/20/2014, Sanspo 11/20/2014


Five NPB teams, including the Hanshin Tigers, are interested in Hiroyuki Nakajima (32). The Tigers may have offered 1.2 billion yen over four years. The other four teams could be Seibu, Chunichi, Yokohama, and Orix. A Tigers' official told reporters they feel their offer needs to be the best. Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2014 ... Nakajima is currently training in the United States. According to Sanspo, Nakajima's family left for the United States on the 19th for a "family meeting." A decision could be made soon. A person close to Nakajima told reporters there was a seventy to eighty percent chance he would sign with the Tigers. Hanshin could send someone to the US in early-December to finalize negotiations. Source: Sanspo 11/20/2014

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[11/19/2014] Rumors: Chris Capuano, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 2:07 am, under NPB
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Chris Capuano (36) is open to playing in Japan after watching Hiroki Kuroda. Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014 ... Seibu Lions' executive Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters they were contacted by Capuano. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014

The Seibu Lions will wait for Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) to make the next move. They are not planning to make adjustments to their current offer, which is believed to be four years at over 400 million yen. They are also said to be prepared to give him the number three and the everyday job at third base, batting third. They expect to hear from Nakajima some time in December. Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2014 ... Scott Boras reportedly told the Hanshin Tigers during negotiations that he received good offers from other NPB teams. The Tigers are concerned their offer may no longer be enough and are making adjustments that they plan to submit later this week. This will most likely be their last/best offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014

The Tigers held a press conference on Wednesday to introduce Yuto Morikoshi (26). He was assigned the number 37. Source: official announcement

The Yokohama Bay Stars held a press conference on Wednesday for Shun Tono (28). He has been assigned the number 00. Source: official announcement

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Kam Mickolio (30) and Tony Blanco (34). Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014

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