The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they agreed to terms with Jorge Sosa (35). According to various reports, Sosa signed a two-year deal that will pay him 85 million yen next year. He was also assigned a the number fifty-three. The deal is still pending a physical.
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According to at least two reports, the Yokohama Bay Stars are very close to finalizing a contract with Jorge Sosa. An unnamed source is quoted as saying that the two sides have agreed to basic terms and that the only thing remaining is a signature. Team GM Shigeru Takada spoke to reporters on Monday and said he thought an agreement was reached, but that it was not yet official. An announcement is expected within the next couple of days.
In other team-related news, the Bay Stars did announce that they signed former Hanshin Tiger Kai-Wen Cheng to an Ikusei deal. He has been assigned the number 117. His contract is reportedly worth an estimated seven million yen.
According to Sponichi, the Yokohama Bay Stars are close to finalizing a deal with Jorge Sosa (35). The contract is reportedly a two-year deal worth an estimated 280 million yen plus incentives. An official announcement could be made early next week.
"If we can add Sosa, we can have [Shun] Yamaguchi and him handle the 8th and 9th innings. The order in which they pitch will depend on their conditions. The coaches can decided on that," said GM Shigeru Takada.
Source: Sponichi 12/22/2012
The Chunichi Dragons informed reporters today that they do not plan include Tony Blanco (32), Jorge Sosa (35), and Enyelbert Soto (30) in their list of reserved players. This means all three players will automatically become free agents on December 3.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/28/2012
The Yokohama Bay Stars are currently looking into Tony Blanco, Jorge Sosa, Enyelbert Soto, and Maximo Nelson.
The Bay Stars may be preparing to offer Blanco, Sosa, and Soto two-year contracts. Blanco's deal could be worth 600M yen, Sosa's 350M yen, and Soto's 250M yen. That could give the team, in one fell swoop the power hitter they have been looking, a closer that will allow Shun Yamaguchi to finally make his move into the starting rotation, and a left-handed starter.
If the Bay Stars sign Blanco, he will likely start at first and bat fifth behind Alex Ramirez.
As for whether or not the Dragons still have a shot at re-signing Blanco, it seems there is little chance of that happening now -- negotiations have taken too long and the divide between the two sides may have grown too large.
The Softbank Hawks have also expressed an interest in Blanco, but it seems he has a desire to play for a team located near Tokyo. The Bay Stars are also considered favorites because of Ramirez.
With regards to Nelson, the team is still looking into him as an option. Their biggest concern with him is his right shoulder. If he is healthy, they may attempt to sign him.
According to Sports Hochi, the Yokohama Bay Stars are preparing a two-year deal worth about 200M yen for Jorge Sosa.
The Chunichi Dragons have most likely offered Sosa a one-year deal with a significant raise on his 2012 salary (23.1M yen). However, the thirty-five-year-old reliever reportedly wants a multi-year deal and is not happy with how he was used this past season. Because of this, there is a very good chance Sosa will hit the open market. If he does, the Bay Stars will present him with a two-year deal that could be worth about 200M yen.
The Bay Stars are also said to be looking into Tony Blanco and Enyelbert Soto.
Source: Sports Hochi 11/10/2012
The Hanshin Tigers are currently looking into thirty-five-year-old Scott Proctor as a possible closer candidate for 2013.
This does not necessarily mean the Tigers are no longer interested in Ryota Igarashi. They just want to make sure they are prepared in case negotiations with Igarashi fall through. This means the Tigers may end up going with six foreign players on their seventy-man roster next season: Randy Messenger, Jason Standridge, Robert Zarate, Matt Murton, Brooks Conrad (good chance the team will sign him), and a fourth pitcher (a reliever that can also close).
There was also talk about moving Atsushi Nomi to the closer role, but that would also mean the starting rotation loses an arm.
Source: Sanspo 10/31/2012
The Tigers also looked in thirty-one-year-old Dennis Sarfate and thirty-five-year-old Jorge Sosa. They do not plan to pursue Sarfate and may continue to keep tabs on Sosa, but probably will not sign him. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2012
According to Sports Hochi, the Yokohama Bay Stars could offer Tony Blanco a two-year deal worth about 500M yen if he hits the free agent market. The Chunichi Dragons are trying to keep him in Nagoya and have reportedly offered him a one-year deal. According to those involved, Blanco is looking for a multi-year deal.
The Bay Stars have decided to target foreign players with experience in the NPB, since there is usually less risk involved. Yokohama is also said to be interested in Chunichi Dragon Jorge Sosa.
Source: Sports Hochi 10/24/2012
UPDATE @ 11:58am -
The Dragons reportedly offered Blanco a one-year deal worth an estimated 170M yen (up 40M yen) in early October.
Blanco will be leaving Japan on Thursday.
Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 10/24/2012
It appears the Yokohama Bay Stars are not only looking into Tony Blanco, but also Jorge Sosa.
The Bay Stars are still thinking about moving Shun Yamaguchi to the starting rotation and feel Sosa could be a candidate to replace him as closer.
Source: Sponichi 10/8/2012
Blanco on his current status: "I love the Dragons. ... My agent is speaking to the team right now. Thinking about too many things can have an affect on my ability to play. I want to focus on the game. ... I am working hard in order to get a good contract." Source: Sponichi 10/8/2012
Tony Blanco (31), Enyelbert Soto (30), and Jorge Sosa (35) are all on one-year deals that end after the season. According to Nikkan Sports, the Dragons would like all three to return next season, but may be a little concerned about whether or not that will be possible.
Blanco has become a fixture in the line-up, although he was hampered by injuries this season. He apparently wants his contract situation worked out before the start of the Climax Series and the team is expected to begin negotiations the day after their last game of the regular season. The problem lies in the contract years: Blanco may be seeking a multi-year deal, but the Dragons want to stick with a one-year deal because they have to "consider other players."
The other thing to consider is that Blanco no longer has any real ties with the team. Chunichi used to the Hiromitsu Ochiai connection, but that no longer exists. It is entirely possible that he may not longer feel like he has to stay with the Dragons. Blanco is also thinking about hiring a representative and that could mean he is open to leaving the team after the season.
As for Soto and Sosa, both have agents. Negotiations for these two players will likely take place once they leave Japan and return to their homes. There is a chance both players will ask for substantial raises and the team may not be willing to play. There are also rumors that they may want to return to the Majors.
Worse case scenario, all three players leave after the season.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2012