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[12/9/2014] Hanshin Tigers reach two-year agreement with Mauro Gomez

by on Dec.09, 2014 @ 8:44 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they finalized an extension with Mauro Gomez (30) for the 2015 season. According to reports by the media, Gomez agreed to a two-year deal that will pay an estimated 1.7 million US dollars (about 200 million yen, up from the eighty-five million this season) next year. The second year will be a team option.

The Tigers released the folowing statement from Gomez:

I am very happy about finalizing my contract. I don't really enjoy the long-distance flight to Japan, but I like Koshien Stadium and the thought of being able to play there again will help me get through it.

We were able to make it to the Nippon Series this year, but we could not win it. I'd like to do what I can to help the team win every game from the start of the regular season through to the Nippon Series. I will try my best to improve on the numbers I put up this year and also hit a few more home runs. I'll train hard before heading to spring camp in February. Please cheer for me again next year.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 12/9/2014, Sanspo 12/9/2014

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[11/27/2014] Rumors: Kam Mickolio, Wily Mo Pena, Yunielkis Gourriel

by on Nov.28, 2014 @ 3:39 am, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Kam Mickolio (30). They may be moving away from re-signing Brian Falkenborg (36). Source: Sponichi 11/27/2014

The Seibu Lions have been checking the overseas market for a third baseman. They have so far narrowed their list down to five or six candidates. Source: Sanspo 11/27/2014

The Orix Buffaloes will most likely part ways with Wily Mo Pena (32). There was reportedly over a 100 million yen difference between what Orix was offering and what Pena wanted. The slugger was also said to be looking for a multi-year deal. The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Pena. The Buffaloes are looking into Tony Blanco (34) as a possible replacement. They could offer him a two-year deal worth about 400 million yen. Source: Sponichi 11/27/2014, Sports Hochi 11/27/2014

The Hanshin Tigers' quartet of foreign players, Randy Messenger (33), Seung-Hwan Oh (32), Matt Murton (33), and Mauro Gomez (30), should all be signed to contracts for the 2015 season by some time around December 10. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars general manager Shigeru Takada spoke to reporters on Wednesday and said that he was informed negotiations with Cuban players will begin after the 9th. Yokohama will most likely prepare about 300 million yen for Yulieski Gourriel (30). Source: Sanspo 11/27/2014

The Bay Stars are looking into Gourriel's brother, Yunielkis Gourriel (22). Source: Sports Hochi 11/27/2014

Yomiuri's Tomoyuki Sugano agreed to a forty-million yen raise on Wednesday. His salary for the 2015 season will be an estimated 110 million yen. He joined Yoshinobu Takahashi, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Micheal Nakamura as the only players in NPB history to reach 100 million yen in their third year. Source: Sanspo 11/27/2014

Kentaro Nishimura signed a two-year contract with the Giants on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 11/27/2014

The Softbank Hawks re-signed Shoji Yoshimoto (21) to an Ikusei contract. His uniform number will change from 33 to 121. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2014

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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

[10/31/2014] Rumors: Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:47 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takahiro Arai ended up missing the Nippon Series because of back problems. He finished out the final year of a three-year deal this season. His salary this season was an estimated 200 million yen. There is a good chance the Tigers will offer him something much lower. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014
  • The Tigers will most likely give Matt Murton a nice raise over the estimated 3.5 million US dollars he made this year. They could also offer him a multi-year deal. Hanshin is also negotiating with Mauro Gomez. He made an estimated 1.2 million US dollars this season. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shogo Kimura met team official Kiyoaki Suzuki at Mazda Stadium on Thursday. Kimura is still not sure what he wants to do with his option. He is expected to finalize his decision next week. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014 ... Kimura was likely offered a raise over the thirty-one million yen he made this year. Source: Spoorts Hochi 10/31/2014
  • The Carp are not planning to offer Bryan Bullington (34) and Zach Phillips (28) contracts for the 2015 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014, Sponichi 10/31/2014 ... Hiroshima was discussing an extension with Bullington and planning to re-sign Phillips, but backed out of both after signing Mike Zagurski and Kris Johnson. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kenta Asakura (33) is not planning to exercise his FA option and will instead most likely sign a one-year deal. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2014
  • Daisuke Yamai met general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai for contract negotiations on Friday. It was their second meeting since the end of the season. Yamai later told reporters he would be ready to talk about his FA option on November 5. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tatsuhiko Kinjo (38) has been offered a contract to stay, but still needs more time to think. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are not planning to offer Chris Narveson (32) and Chris Carpenter (28) contracts for the 2015 season. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014

[10/30/2014] Rumors: Motohiro Shima (Rakuten), Miguel Mejia

by on Oct.31, 2014 @ 4:15 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are planning to ask Tsuyoshi Nishioka to return next year. Nishioka has apparently expressed an interest in staying. Hanshin is also most likely planning to ask Matt Murton and Mauro Gomez to return in 2015. Takashi Toritani told reporters he wanted time to think through his options. Atsushi Nomi is not thinking about exercising his FA option. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shogo Kimura met with team officials for contract negotiations on Thursday. Kimura was presented with terms, but told Hiroshima he needed more time to think. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Motohiro Shima told reporters he was going to spend as much time as he has to consider his options. Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to give Miguel Mejia (26) a tryout. He is scheduled to arrive in Japan in November and will partcipate in fall practices at Seibu Dome. Mejia attended a tryout with Nippon Ham last October, but failed to make the team. He played for the Lamigo Monkeys this past season (55 G, 5-1, 35 Sv, 1.24 ERA). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Takahiro Mahara was reportedly offered a multi-year contract, but agreed to a one-year deal. Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2014
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[3/16/2014] CL Injury Updates: Takashi Toritani (Hanshin), Kazuki Yoshimi (Chunichi)

by on Mar.16, 2014 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani missed his third consecutive exhibition game on Sunday with tightness in his back.  Yutaka Wada told reporters he expects Toritani back in the line-up on the 18th against Yakult (practice game).  Source: Sanspo 3/16/2014
  • Mauro Gomez played in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi team.  He got the start at first and batted third.  He did not get any chances at first and went 0-for-3 at the plate.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2014 ... Gomez's three trips to the plate on Sunday: 1st inning, runner on first and one out, 1-1 fastball, broken bat fly out to shallow center off Yudai Kawai; 3rd inning, runner on first and two out, 3-2 breaking pitch (sixth pitch), ground out to third; 6th inning, none one on and one out, first pitch fastball, fly out to right off Tatsuro Hamada.  Source: Daily Sports 3/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi (Tommy John surgery right elbow) spoke to Tokyo Sports about his progress and said he hoped to toss batting practice on April 2 (it will be ten months since his surgery on April 4).  After that, if everything is okay, he could pitch in five to six games and then move on to his first Ichi-gun game on May 28 against Orix at Nagoya Dome.  He has started throwing breaking balls during his bullpen session and is at about seventy to eighty pitches per session.  Source: Tokyo Sports 3/16/2014
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[3/15/2014] CL Injury Updates: Shigeru Kaga (Yokohama), Mauro Gomez (Hanshin)

by on Mar.15, 2014 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kan Otake (lower-half tightness) threw 100 pitches in the bullpen on Friday (he threw all his pitches and also set situations).  He was scheduled to throw seventy, but kept going because he could.  Source: Tokyo Sports 3/15/2014, Sanspo 3/15/2014
  • Nobutaka Imamura (left shoulder) pitched in a Ni-gun game against Seibu today.  He entered the game in the 7th and tossed two shutout innings.  He gave up two hits, struck out three, and topped out at 146km/h.  He celebrated his twentieth birthday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/15/2014, Sponichi 3/15/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takumi Akiyama started a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on Saturday.  There was some concern about his condition, since he took a batted ball off the area near his right elbow during practices on the 9th, but he showed no ill effects.  He gave up one hit in four shutout innings and struck out four.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/15/2014
  • Mauro Gomez (right knee) recorded a double and a home run during a batting practice scrimmage on Friday.  He also took thirty-eight swings during batting practice and hit nine over the fence.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/15/2014 ... Gomez played in Saturday's Kyoiku League game against Chunichi.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted third.  He went 1-for-2: Shinji Iwata on the mound, runner on first and one out in the 1st - 1B8; in the 3rd - HBP; 5th round draft pick Daisuke Sobue, runner on third and two out in the 4th - F8.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/15/2014, Daily Sports 3/15/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco did not play in Saturday's exhibition game against Hanshin because of back tightness.  Source: Sponichi 3/15/2014
  • Shigeru Kaga was scratched from his start against Hanshin on Saturday because of tightness in his right elbow.  He was examined at a hospital in Yokohama on Friday before doing some light workouts at Yokohama Stadium.  He could pitch in a game some time next week.  Source: Sponichi 3/15/2014
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[3/14/2014] Injury Updates: Kan Otake (YOM), Mauro Gomez (HAN), Jun Hirose (HIR)

by on Mar.14, 2014 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kan Otake (lower-half tightness) could pitch in an exhibition game against Seibu on the 18th.  He has not pitched since March 1 and has been taking things slow.  Source: Daily Sports 3/14/2014
  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi (left shoulder) rejoined the Ichi-gun team on Friday.  He is scheduled to pitch in Saturday's game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome.  Source: Sponichi 3/14/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez (right knee) will not be called up to play in Friday's exhibition game against Yokohama at Yokohama.  He will instead play in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on the same day.  Source: Sanspo 3/14/2014 ... Gomez played in a batting practice scrimmage at Naruohama on Friday.  He had eight at bats against Tatsuya Kojima and recorded two hits, including a home run.  He will be a designated hitter in Saturday's Kyoiku League game against Chunichi and will be at first base in Sunday's Kyoiku League game against Chunichi.  If everything is okay, he could join the Ichi-gun team in time for a practice game against Yakult at Jingu on the 18th.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/14/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Akihiro Higashide played in a Kyoiku League game on Friday.  He made the starting line-up as the designated hitter and batted second.  It was his first game since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during an intra-squad game in February 2013.  He went 0-for-2: F8, Fo7.  Source: Sponichi 3/14/2014
  • Jun Hirose was assigned to San-gun due to tightness in the back of his right thigh.  He suffered the injury while running the bases in the 4th inning of Wednesday's game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien.  While the injury is not considered severe, the Carp do not expect him to be ready for opening day.  Source: Sponichi 3/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/14/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuhei Nakamura (right elbow) has been working out at Ni-gun.  He joined Ichi-gun workouts on Friday.  He could play in Saturday's game against Rakuten.  Soure: Sanspo 3/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/14/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takayuki Kishi pitched with some general tightness in his body on Thursday.  He still managed to toss five shutout innings against Nippon Ham.  Source: Daily Sports 3/14/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • 2nd round draft pick Yuito Mori will spend some time away from the Ichi-gun team because of pain in his left leg.  Source: Sponichi 3/14/2014
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[3/12/2014] Injury Updates: Mauro Gomez (HAN), Nobutaka Imamura (YOM), Aarom Baldiris (YOK)

by on Mar.13, 2014 @ 12:23 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Nobutaka Imamura threw forty-three pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  He told reporters he no longer had concerns about his left shoulder.  Source: Tokyo Sports 3/12/2014 ... Imamura pitched an inning during a Kyoiku League game against Rakuten on Wednesday.  He retired the side in order and topped out at 145km/h.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/12/2014
  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi (left shoulder) is slated to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on the 15th, in time for an exhibition game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome.  Source: Sanspo 3/12/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani and Takahiro Arai did not play in Wednesday's exhibition game against Hiroshima because of back tightness.  Their conditions are not considered serious.  Source: Sponichi 3/12/2014
  • Mauro Gomez (right knee) took batting practice at Koshien Stadium for the first time on Wednesday.  He swung the bat fifty-eight times and hit four over the fence.  The Ichi-gun coaches had a chance to watch the session.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/12/2014 ... Gomez could play in an exhibition game on the 15th against Yokohama, depending on how he does during a batting practice scrimmage on the 14th.  Source: Sponichi 3/12/2014 ... Gomez ran the bases with cleats for the first time during practices at Naruohama on Tuesday.  Source: Sanspo 3/12/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Aarom Baldiris did not participate in general workouts at Hotto Motto Field Kobe on Wednesday because of tightness in his lower back.  He will sit Thursday's game against Yakult and is expected to return to the line-up on Saturday against Hanshin.  Source: Sponichi 3/12/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are not planning to take Yoshio Itoi and Wily Mo Pena (right sides) on their road trip to the Kanto and Nagoya region between the 14th and 19th.  Teppei (let thigh) will rejoin the team on the 18th for the Chunichi game at Nagoya Dome.  Source: Daily Sports 3/12/2014
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[3/11/2014] Injury Updates: Mauro Gomez (Hanshin), Shota Ono (Nippon Ham)

by on Mar.11, 2014 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez could play in a Kyoiku League games against Chunichi on the 15th and 16th (designated hitter batting clean-up).  After that, he could join the Ichi-gun team for workouts in Tokyo on the 17th and a practice game against Yakult on the 18th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2014, Sanspo 3/11/2014, Sponichi 3/11/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shota Ono (left ankle) worked out at the Kamagaya facilities on Monday.  Ono is hoping to make it back in time for the start of the regular season, but the coaches do not want him to rush his recovery.  They have told him his first priority should be to avoid re-injury and return fully healed.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2014
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