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[7/21/2013] Orix Buffaloes announce additions of Jose Fernandez, Brad Mills

by on Jul.21, 2013 @ 3:27 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced the addition of Jose Fernandez (38) and Brad Mills (28) today.  Fernandez has been assigned the number forty-four; Mills the number forty.

With Fernandez, the Buffaloes add a veteran player with experience in the NPB that no longer counts against the foreign player cap.  Mills provides the team with another left-handed arm that can also start game.

"We wanted another left-handed starter.  [Mills] is a clever finesse-type pitcher.  We feel he will translate well in Japan.  Fernandez can get hits in key situations and does not strike out a lot.  He still also very strong.  We are doing our best [to improve] before the end of July," said team official Yoshio Murayama.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2013

UPDATED @ 4:46pm -

Both players were signed to contracts worth an estimated fifteen million yen, through to the end of the season.

Source: Daily Sports 7/21/2013


See also:

[7/19/2013] Orix Buffaloes have reportedly agreed to a deal with Brad Mills


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Rakuten Eagles looking at about twenty foreign players candidates for 2013 season

by on Oct.31, 2012 @ 10:47 am, under NPB
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According to Sponichi, there is a very good chance Jose FernandezLuis GarciaBrett HarperLuis Terrero, and Kelvin Jimenez will not return to the Rakuten Eagles next season.  Further, it seems the Eagles have put together a list of about twenty foreign players they are interested in.

The only foreign players from this year that will probably return next year are Jim Heuser and Brandon Duckworth.

Source: Sponichi 10/31/2012

Rakuten Eagles may only bring one of their current foreign players back in 2013

by on Oct.01, 2012 @ 12:52 pm, under NPB
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According to Sponichi, the Rakuten Eagles may only bring back Jim Heuser back next season.  They do have some concerns about his slide-step and his off-speed pitches, but feel that he will be able to help the team out in 2013.

Darrell Rasner, Kelvin Jimenez, and Brandon Duckworth have had respectable seasons and may still return, but the team will most likely wait until after the season to decide on their fates.

Luis Terrero and Brett Harper most likely will not return.  Jose Fernandez and Luis Garcia are also questionable.  An unnamed team source told reporters that some in the organization felt that if the foreign position players had done better this year, the team would have gone much farther.

Source: Sponichi 10/1/2012

Rakuten Eagles: January 31, 2012

by on Jan.31, 2012 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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Before leaving for Kumejima, Okinawa, around 80 players and staff members attended a send-off party at Sendai Station.  About 1,500 fans attended the event.


The Eagles held a press conference for Jose Fernandez and Luis Terrero today in Kumejima, Okinawa.


The Eagles announced today that Hitoshi Taneda (40) stepped down as Ni-gun infield / base-running coach due to personal reasons.

They also announced the following personnel updates:

Makoto Kosaka - from Ikusei coach to Ni-gun infield / base-running coach

Yoshinori Okihara - hired as farm director

Tomoki Sano (? 佐野 朋生) - hired as an interpreter


Senichi Hoshino strongly denied reports that the team was going after Hideki Matsui.


Kazuo Matsui could become the next team captain.  He also plans to take part in early morning practices.


1st round draft pick Yoshitaka Muto found out on Monday that he will be starting at Ichi-gun spring camp, not Ni-gun spring camp.


The Eagles may decide not to sign Ken Kadokura because Hoshino is concerned about his conditioning/stamina.


Seven members of the 2011 draft class spent time introducing themselves to about 50 fans (they handed out business cards) at Sendai NAVIC in Aoba-ku, Sendai on Monday.

More on Rakuten Eagles and Jose Fernandez

by on Dec.09, 2011 @ 8:04 pm, under NPB
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According to Nikkan Sports, the contract the Rakuten Eagles are offering Jose Fernandez (37) includes clause that will allow the team to drop him to Ni-gun if he falters (for whatever reason).  The contract will also apparently be fairly heavily incentive-based (in other words, low base salary).

This same contract could also be used when signing other foreign players this winter.

In addition to the contract, the Eagles have reportedly prepared the number 3 for Fernandez.

Seibu Lions announce they are parting ways with Fernandez and Graman

by on Dec.02, 2011 @ 11:09 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions officially announced today that they are parting ways with Jose Fernandez (37) and Alex Graman (34).


2011 Stats - Jose Fernandez

Ichi-gun 142 577 529 49 137 21 0 17 209 81 3 3 0 7 39 4 2 84 19 .259 .395 .308
Ni-gun 2 6 6 2 3 0 0 1 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .500 1.000 .500

2011 Stats - Alex Graman

Ichi-gun 29 2 1 1 5 0 0 .667 112 25.1 27 0 12 1 1 13 2 0 12 12 4.26
Ni-gun 9 1 0 0 - 0 0 1.000 34 9.0 3 0 3 0 1 10 1 0 1 1 1.00

Rakuten Eagles looking into Jose Fernandez

by on Dec.01, 2011 @ 6:33 am, under NPB
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Sports Hochi is reporting that the Rakuten Eagles are interested in 37-yearold Jose Fernandez and may try to convince him to return to Sendai (member of the Eagles between 2006 and 2008).  As an added bonus, beginning next season, Fernandez will no longer count toward the foreign player limit (he earned the necessary eight years of service time on the active roster).