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[12/25/2015] Chiba Lotte Marines sign Jason Standridge

by on Dec.25, 2015 @ 2:23 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they signed Jason Standridge. They assigned him the uniform number 55. The media is reporting that the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1.2 million US dollars.

Source: official announcement, Chunichi Sports 12/25/2015, Daily Sports 12/25/2015

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[12/17/2013] Softbank Hawks to sign Jason Standridge and Dennis Sarfate

by on Dec.17, 2013 @ 5:56 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks announced today that they will sign Jason Standridge (35) and Dennis Sarfate (32).

Standridge reportedly signed a two-year deal worth an estimated total 400 million yen.  He was assigned the number fifty-five.

Sarfate reportedly agreed to a two-year deal worth an estimated total 200 million yen.  He was assigned the number fifty-eight.

Source: official announcement, Sports Hochi 12/17/2013

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[12/5/2013] Sponichi: Softbank getting ready to announce agreements with Lee, Standridge, Wolfe, and Sarfate

by on Dec.05, 2013 @ 4:08 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Sponichi, the Softbank Hawks may be very close to making an announcement of deals with Dae-Ho Lee (31), Jason Standridge (35), Brian Wolfe (33), and Dennis Sarfate (32).  The Hawks may have spent about 1.6 billion yen on all four players, with about half going to Lee in the form of a two-year deal worth an estimated 800 million yen.  That could push Softbank's 2013 winter shopping total to a whopping 2.6 billion yen, which, by the way, would be more than the current proposed upper threshold for posting system bids.

Source: Sponichi 12/5/2013

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[12/3/2013] Nikkan Sports: Hawks closing in on deals with Dae-Ho Lee, Jason Standridge

by on Dec.03, 2013 @ 2:49 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Softbank Hawks may be closing in on deals with Dae-Ho Lee (31) and Jason Standridge (35).  The Hawks may have offered Lee a two-year deal worth over one billion yen.  A separate report by Nishinippon Shimbun from November 22 mentions Softbank preparing what may have been, at the time, a two-year deal worth an estimated 500 million yen for Standridge.

The Hawks may also be looking into Dennis Sarfate (32) as a possible candidate to close.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/3/2013, Nishinippon Shimbun 11/22/2013

A JoongAng Ilbo report mentions that Hawks' offer to Lee might be three or more years worth between 1.6 and 1.9 billion yen.

"I have had a lot of things to think about lately.  Right now, if I am to return to Japan, there is a good chance it will be with Softbank.  They are actively pursuing me and have made me a solid deal.  I can feel that they need me.  They also have a good chance at winning with me.  I think I will be signing a new contract worthy of the Big Boy wthin the next month.  I will have good news to reports," Lee said.

Source: JoongAng Ilbo 12/2/2013

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[11/28/2013] Esteban German, Aarom Baldiris, Masanori Ishikawa, Yomiuri Giants

by on Nov.29, 2013 @ 1:14 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

The media learned on Wednesday that the Buffaloes are looking into Esteban German (35).

Source: Daily Sports 11/28/2013


The Buffaloes plan to extend negotiations with Aarom Baldiris into December.  Team official Ryuzo Setoyama is also scheduled to meet scouts in the US in early December.

Source: Daily Sports 11/28/2013

Baldiris made an estimated fifty million yen this season.  Orix may have offered him a two-year deal worth an estimated 200 million yen.  The front office is currently waiting to hear back from his agent.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/28/2013

According to Sponichi and Nikkan Sports, Baldiris' agent may have asked for close to double the amount Orix offered: two years at around 400 million yen.

Source: Sponichi 11/28/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/28/2013

Yakult Swallows

Masanori Ishikawa was in the final year of a four-year deal.  He will most likely sign a three-year contract extension with a variable salary.  His salary for 2014 could be an estimated 160 million yen, down forty million yen from this season.

Source: Sanspo 11/28/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

GM Shigeru Takada feels Yasutomo Kubo might not make a decision on where he wants to play until some time in December.

Source: Sanspo 11/28/2013

Yomiuri Giants

Yasuyuki Kataoka may seem like a redundant acquisition after the Hirokazu Ibata signing, but the Giants do have a reason for trying to secure both players.  In Kataoka, they see a player that can provide some stability at second base.  With Ibata, they see someone that might be able to help provide some depth at short behind Hayato Sakamoto while also providing other younger infielders with advice and support.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/28/2013

Sanspo notes that Ibata will fill three roles: right-handed bat off the bench, utility infielder, and back-up for Sakamoto at short.

Source: Sanspo 11/28/2013

Kataoka's parents want to see their son playing for the Yomiuri Giants.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/28/2013


The Giants will most likely offer Jose Lopez and Scott Mathieson contracts for the 2014 season.  They are undecided on John Bowker and Dennis Houlton.  They are keeping an eye on Jason Standridge.

Source: Sanspo 11/28/2013

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[11/26/2013] Yasuyuki Kataoka, Katsuki Yamazaki, Jason Standridge, Brian Wolfe, Brad Eldred

by on Nov.27, 2013 @ 2:24 am, under NPB
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ZakZak feels that the Yomiuri Giants have yet to reach out to Yasuyuki Kataoka because they are still trying to decide if they really need him.  They have a number of internal candidates at second base, like Takayuki Terauchi, Daisuke Nakai, and Daisuke Fujimura, but not everyone in the organization is convinced that they are good enough to play on a daily basis.

Source: ZakZak 11/26/2013


Tokyo Sports wonders if the Yomiuri Giants plan to include Takahiro Aoki on their list of protected players.  If they do not, Hiroshima could take him back with their compensation pick for losing Kan Otake.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/26/2013


The Orix Buffaloes announced that they will meet Katsuki Yamazaki for a second round of negotiations on the 29th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2013

According to Sports Hochi, the two sides have already reached an agreement and that an announcement could take place in Fukuoka some time this week.  Orix is thought to have offered Yamazaki a three-year deal worth 150 million yen that includes an understanding that the organization will make considerations to hire him as a coach after he retires.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/26/2013


The Softbank Hawks could ramp up efforts to sign Jason Standridge and Brian Wolfe after losing out on Kan Otake.  They are also looking into Tsuyoshi Wada.

Kenichi Nakata and Shinya Tsuruoka are expected to sign with Softbank.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2013


The Hiroshima Carp are reportedly close to finalizing an extension with Brad Eldred.  They were originally planning to part ways with Eldred, but his late-season surge impressed the coaches enough for them to push for his return.

Hiroshima has decided not to re-sign Fred Lewis.  As of now, the Carp have five foreign players on the seventy-man roster in 2014: Eldred, Bryan Bullington, Kam Mickolio, Kila Ka'aihue, and Zach Phillips.  The front office could add a sixth -- they are looking at right-handed position players.

Source: Daily Sports 11/26/203

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[11/17/2013] Rumors: Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.18, 2013 @ 3:45 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

The Lions are planning to give Tsuyoshi Takashima a tryout during fall camp.

Takashima was selected by Orix in the 4th round of the 2008 draft.  He was senryokugai'ed in October 2011.  He signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers in April this year (21 G, 6-for-41, .146/.222/.244).

Source: Sponichi 11/17/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles are interested in Jason Standridge, regardless of what happens with Masahiro Tanaka.  The organization wants more dependable starting pitchers since they only had two this season (Tanaka and Takahiro Norimoto).  There are other pitchers in the organization that could step up next season, but the Eagles are uncomfortable with having so many questions marks in the starting rotation, especially since Tanaka is also an unknown at this point.

Source: Sponichi 11/17/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows are reportedly close to finalizing a deal with Hiroki Sanada.  He is expected to undergo a physical within the next few days.  An announcement will likely follow, assuming no problems are found.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Samsung contacted the Tigers on Saturday to inform them that they were too pre-occupied with the Asia Series and would not be able to make decision on Seung Hwan Oh until the Series was over.  Hanshin is prepared to wait at least until then.

Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2013

GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters negotiations on Friday were at fifty-fifty.  He felt a little better on Saturday and upgraded his outlook to sixty-forty.  He apparently felt a more positive vibe from Oh's agent.

Source: Sanspo 11/17/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars have an interest in Brian WolfeJason Standridge, and Dennis Houlton and could attempt to sign one of the three.

Source: Sponichi 11/17/2013


Sportsnet.ca's Ben Nicholson-Smith tweeted that Wily Mo Pena will likely sign with a team in Japan.  NESN's Ricky Doyle followed it up with this report:

... Pena has spent the last two years in Japan playing for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball. He hit .233 (35-for-150) with one home run and 16 RBIs in just 55 games in 2013, but hit .280 with 21 homers and 76 RBIs in 130 games in 2012.

The best fit for Pena seemingly is in Japan, as the outfielder struggled to stick at the major league level despite tremendous raw power. Pena hit 26 home runs in 110 games with the Reds in 2004 and 19 in 99 games in 2005 before being dealt to the Red Sox in exchange for Bronson Arroyo prior to the 2006 season. He hit .301 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs in 84 games with Boston in 2006, but was later shipped to the Nationals in August of 2007, at which point his big league career really began to fizzle out.

Source: NESN.com 11/12/2013

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[11/15/2013] Rumors: Matt Murton, Seung Hwan Oh, Manny Ramirez, Jason Standridge, Brian Wolfe

by on Nov.15, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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A number of teams, including the Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, and Yokohama Bay Stars, could be interested in Brian Wolfe.

Source: Sponichi 11/14/2013


The Orix Buffaloes could switch gears and look into Manny Ramirez.  Some in the organization believe it will be important to replace Dae-Ho Lee with a big-name player.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/15/2013


The Yomiuri Giants are interested in Jason Standridge.

Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2013


The Tigers are planning to fill their foreign player roster slots with two pitchers and two position players next year.  They are looking into a fifth foreign player in case one of the four on the active roster gets hurt.

Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2013

The biggest sticking point in negotiations for Samsung's Seung Hwan Oh is apparently the amount of the transfer fee.  There was a tentative deadline today that could not be met, but the Tigers plan to continue negotiations.

GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters that they came to terms with Matt Muron.

Source: Sponichi 11/15/2013, Sponichi 11/15/2013

[11/14/2013] Hanshin Tigers to part ways with Jason Standridge, closer a top priority

by on Nov.14, 2013 @ 4:15 pm, under NPB
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According to Daily Sports, the Hanshin Tigers are closing in on deals with Randy Messenger and Matt Murton.  A team official is expected to fly out to the US to meet each of the players some time between late November and early December to finalize the offers.

The Tigers have not yet made final decisions on Jason Standridge and Blaine Boyer because they are waiting on Seung Hwan Oh.

Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2013

Yomiuri Shimbun is reporting that a Tigers' official said they were not going to re-sign Standridge because they wanted to focus on getting a closer.

Source: Yomiuri Shimbun 11/14/2013

Nikkan Sports adds that the Tigers had a deadline to get back to Standridge by the 15th, but the team decided to make signing a closer their top priority (whether it be Oh or another foreign pitcher like Brian Falkenborg).

Standridge was never considered a top priority.  At the end of the season, the front office focused their attention on re-signing Messenger and Murton.  Sentiment may have also been tempered due to some concerns about his age.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2013

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[10/22/2013] Rumors: Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers

by on Oct.23, 2013 @ 1:53 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

Masanori Ishikawa has an international FA option.  He is in the final year of a four-year deal.  He does not plan on exercising the option and would like to remain with the Swallows.  Yakult has reportedly offered the thirty-three-year-old another multi-year deal.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2013, Sanspo 10/22/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kam Mickolio left for the US on Tuesday.  Before leaving, he told reporters his top priority was to return to Hiroshima next season.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Jason Standridge left for the US out of Kansai International Airport on Tuesday.  With regards to 2014, he said, "I am not in a position to choose, but I really love it here."

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013


Matt Murton also left for the US out of Kansai Airport on Tuesday.  He spoke to reporters before his departure and said he needed a little more time to think about what he was going to do for next season.

"I do not know what will happen next year.  I will play where ever God takes me. ... I had a good season.  At this age, I am not sure how many more good years I have left in me.  I will play where ever I am taken. ... Being able to play in the US, where I grew up, would be anyone's dream.  I feel I can do a lot better now, than before I came to Japan. ... I do have an interest in playing in the US, but Japan has also been a second home to me," Murton said.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013, Daily Sports 10/22/2013


The front office started talking to players with FA options on Monday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2013

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