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[1/17/2015] Norichika Aoki, Junichi Tazawa, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Jan.17, 2015 @ 9:06 pm, under MLB
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Norichika Aoki (33) signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman and Michael Hurcomb:

Heyman Tweet: aoki gets $4M with #SFgiants on 2015 deal plus performance bonuses.

Hurcomb update: [Aoki] will make $4 million, plus performance bonuses. He has a 2016 option, which includes a $700,000 buyout. The max Aoki can make on the deal is $12.5 million.


The Boston Red Sox avoided arbitration with Junichi Tazawa (28), from the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo:

... Tazawa agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.25 million.

Tazawa, 28, appeared in 71 games in 2014, the same number he pitched in in 2013. He earned $1.275 million last season.

Source: Boston Globe 1/17/2015


The Toronto Blue Jays have re-signed Munenori Kawasaki (33) to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, from the Toronto Star's Brendan Kennedy:

... The Jays announced Friday they had signed the beloved, high-energy infielder to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.

... Kawasaki will head to spring training as the fifth or sixth man on the Jays' middle-infield depth chart, behind Jose Reyes, Maicer Izturis, Ryan Goins, minor-league prospect Devon Travis and perhaps Steve Tolleson.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos, who praised Kawasaki's character and likeability in the clubhouse, said since it's a minor-league deal there's really no downside. No promises were made to Kawasaki regarding playing time and he still has minor-league options, so if he happens to be called up he can be demoted again without being exposed to waivers.

Source: Toronto Star 1/16/2015


Shunsuke Watanabe (38) and Yusuke Kajimoto (31) could return to the Lancaster Barnstormers this year. From Lancaster Online's Burt Wilson:

... In addition to Burnett, Hobson said Japanese players Yusuke Kajimoto and Shunsuke Watanabe both want to return. Kajimoto's grand slam at Somerset brought the Barnstormers back from the brink of elimination in the first round of the playoffs.

Watanabe, a sidearm pitcher, was 8-2 with a 3.37 ERA in 39 games for the Stormers last season. The right-hander will return to Lancaster if he does not get a job pitching in Mexico, where he played this winter.

Source: lancasteronline 1/14/2015

[12/11/2014] Rumors: Takashi Toritani, Munenori Kawasaki, Rick VandenHurk

by on Dec.12, 2014 @ 2:48 am, under NPB
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Scott Boras is discussing Takashi Toritani with a number of MLB teams as a second baseman. There is also interest in his ability to play third and short. Source: Sanspo 12/11/2014, Sponichi 12/11/2014 ... The Hanshin Tigers could meet with Toritani for a second time this off-season on the 15th. Yutaka Wada could take part in the negotiations. Source: Sanspo 12/11/2014

The Yakult Swallows sent their list of protected players to both Lotte (Yoshihisa Naruse) and Nippon Ham (Keiji Obiki) on Tuesday. The lists are reportedly different. Nippon Ham will have to wait for Lotte to make their selection since they finished higher in the standings. Source: Sports Hochi 12/11/2014


Five to six MLB teams showed interest in Munenori Kawasaki. He narrowed down things down and is currently discussing a possible minor league deal with two teams. He is expected to finalize a deal before the end of the year. Source: Sanspo 12/11/2014, Sponichi 12/11/2014

Slightly old news: Tetsuya Yamaguchi (31) agreed to a salary worth 320 million yen next year with the Yomiuri Giants on November 25. There was no raise, but Yamaguchi likely signed a contract worth over one billion yen over a maximum three years (includes option years). Source: Sports Hochi 11/26/2014

The Softbank Hawks and Rick VandenHurk (29) have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal worth about 400 million yen. The Hawks are expected to make an announcement after the contract is signed and finalized. Source: Daily Sports 12/11/2014

[12/8/2014] Rumors: Rakuten Eagles, Norihiro Nakamura

by on Dec.09, 2014 @ 2:49 am, under NPB
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Chihiro Kaneko

  • The Rakuten Eagles are planning to offer the uniform number 19 to Kaneko. The number was worn by former manager Katsuya Nomura between 2006 and 2009 and left out of the active rotation since. They could also offer him three or more years. Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014
  • Rakuten executive Hiroshi Abei was planning to attend the winter meetings in San Diego, but decided to cancel to make Kaneko his top priority. Others officials, like team president Yozo Tachibana, left for the United States on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 12/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014


Munenori Kawasaki (37) hinted on Sunday that he was twenty-eighty sure of where he wanted to play next year (he did not spec. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014

Norihiro Nakamura (41) is still waiting for an offer from an NPB team. Source: Daily Sports 12/7/2014 ... Nakamura is planning to wait it out through to the end of spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 12/8/2014

If the Yokohama Bay Stars are unable to re-sign Yulieski Gourriel (30), they could turn their attention to finding a closer. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2014

Takahiro Okada (26) met the Orix Buffaloes for salary negotiations on Monday and held off on agreeing to their offer because he was unsatisfied with it. He will have his representative handle all future negotiations. Source: Daily Sports 12/8/2014 ... According to Sanspo, Okada was offered seventy-eight million yen (twenty-three million yen raise). Source: Sanspo 12/8/2014

Former Yakult Swallow Hiroki Sanada joined the Fukushima Hopes (BC League) as a player/coach. Source: official announcement

Former Yakult Swallow Chris Narveson (32) signed a minor league contract with the Marlins. Source: Sun-Sentinel 12/7/2014 via Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014

Freddy Garcia (38) wants to play in Japan. Source: Jon Morosi Twitter 12/7/2014 via Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014

[12/5/2014] Rumors: Hideki Okajima, Tony Blanco, Bryan Bullington

by on Dec.06, 2014 @ 6:49 am, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars could know more about where Yulieski Gourriel (30) is going to play next year within the next ten days or so. Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014

The Bay Stars are interested in Hideki Okajima (38). Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are close to finalizing contracts with Tony Blanco (34) and Bryan Bullington (34). An announcement could be made shortly. Source: Sports Hochi 12/5/2014, Daily Sports 12/5/2014

The Softbank Hawks could be close to finalizing a two-year deal worth an estimated 400 million yen with Rick VandenHurk (29). An announcement could be made some time next week. Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014

It is uncertain when Kenta Maeda (26) will meet with the Hiroshima Carp to discuss his terms for 2015. Maeda has a full schedule and may not have time to meet team officials until after the new year. Source: Sports Hochi 12/5/2014

The Yakult Swallows held a press conference for Keiji Obiki on Friday. He was assigned the uniform number 2. He agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated 300 million yen. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 12/5/2014

Yohei Oshima met with Chunichi Dragons official again on Friday and was offered the same deal he received during his first meeting. He turned it down and said he wanted ninety million. During his press conference, he told reporters that while he felt negotiations were more open, he also felt he was not going to get any more than seventy-four million yen (initial offer). A third meeting will most likely take place before the end of the year, but neither side appears willing to budge. Source: Sports Hochi 12/5/2014, Daily Sports 12/5/2014, Sponichi 12/5/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014 ... Oshima (and Ryosuke Hirata) have the support of the JPBPA. Source: Sponichi 12/4/2014

Kenji Akashi met with Softbank Hawks' officials on Friday to negotiate terms for the 2015 season. He held off on agreeing to a forty-five million yen contract (fifteen million raise) because he wanted more time to think. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014

Munenori Kawasaki (33) has reportedly decided to spend at least one more year playing in the United States. Source: Sanspo 12/5/2014

Shugo Fujii (37) visited the Yokohama Bay Stars to thank them for their support over the last three years and to let tell them he decided to retire. He is planning to take on a job as a batting practice pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Daily Sports 12/5/2014

Yakult senryokugai Takehiko Oshimoto (32) has decided to retire. He attended the first twelve-team tryout on November 9 and received an offer from a team in Taiwan, but none from the NPB. Source: Sports Hochi 12/5/2014

[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

[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

[11/18/2014] Rumors: Chunichi Dragons, Munenori Kawasaki, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.19, 2014 @ 4:27 am, under NPB
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Munenori Kawasaki (33) has a better idea of where he wants to play next year. He still needs a little more time, but is planning to make an announcement soon. A number of teams in Japan have an interest in the infielder, incuding Softbank and Orix. It is possible that he may be nearing a deal with a team in Japan. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are planning to review their initial offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) and make adjustments as necessary. They could re-submit a new offer some time before the end of the month. They want to make sure their offer is solid. They are competing against Nakajima's former team, the Seibu Lions. They could also be competing with a number of other teams, like Orix and Rakuten. Source: Sanspo 11/18/2014

The Tigers are planning to make Chunichi senryokugai Yuto Morikoshi (26) an offer. An announcement could be made on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2014

Chris Capuano (36) told reporters on Monday that he has spoken to two NPB teams. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014

Takehiro Donoue (29) passed his tryout with the Yomiuri Giants. The Giants are planning to sign Donoue to an Ikusei contract. Source: Sponichi 11/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2014 ... The Giants held a press conference on Tuesday to introduce Donoue. He was signed to an Ikusei contract and given the number 014. Source: official announcement

The Chunichi Dragons officially announced the additions of Tomoya Yagi (31) and Kyohei Kamezawa (26) on Tuesday. Source: official announcement

The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to make offers to Chunichi senryokugai Kento Yachi (26) and Yokohama senryokugai Kuan-Yu Chen (24). Source: Sponichi 11/18/2014

[10/5/2014] Munenori Kawasaki, Shunsuke Watanabe

by on Oct.05, 2014 @ 9:11 pm, under MLB
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Toronto Blue Jays

The latest on Munenori Kawasaki, from MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm:

... The decision to outright Kawasaki off the 40-man roster was a mere formality because of a clause in his contract that allowed him to become a free agent at the end of the season.

... "He's eligible for free agency, it's just a clause in his contract," Anthopoulos said. "Just about every Japanese player that comes over now, they're not part of the reserve. You don't get them for six or seven years and go through arbitration unless they're an amateur and so on.

"I think we'll look to bring him back. I think that goes without saying. I haven't talked to him. I don't know what his desires are. I don't think the finances have ever been an issue for him. My understanding is he can make more money in Japan, but he's wanted to play here. We'll see. I don't know what his goals are for the offseason, but at some point we'll sit down with him."

Source: MLB.com 10/4/2014

Lancaster Barnstormers

Shunsuke Watanabe and Yusuke Kajimoto helped the Barnstormers win the Atlantic League Championship.

Playoffs: 7 G, 8-for-23, 5 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 5 SO, .348/.400/.565
Season: 96 G, 105-for 371, 66 R, 16 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 36 RBI, 48 BB, 65 SO, .283/.369/.364

Playoffs: 2 G, 2 GS, 1-1, 14.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 13 SO, 1.28 ERA, 1.14 WHIP
Season: 36 G, 16 GS, 8-2, 120.1 IP, 97 H, 49 R 45 ER, 33 BB, 91 SO, 3.36 ERA, 1.08 WHIP

Division Series - Game 1: Gailen, Schwinden Lead 'stormers To Win | Game 2: Somerset Centers On Game Two Win | Game 3: Barnstormers Lose Game 3 | Game 4: Kajimoto Sends Series To Game Five | Game 5: Barnstormers Head To Texas For Finals
Championship Series - Game 1: Barnstormers Grab Opener | Game 2: Watanabe Pitches Barnstormers To Edge Of Title Game 3: The Barnstormers Are Champions!

Watanabe (38) plans to attend the winter league in Venezuela. He will also try to get an invite to spring training next year. Source: Sponichi 10/5/2014

[9/29/2014] Norichika Aoki, Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Sep.29, 2014 @ 2:46 pm, under MLB
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Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/28 NYY 9
RF 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 .284
Batted lead-off. G4, 3B9[2] two RBI[21,22]-R[42], G4. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 5th. Nikkan Sports 9/29/2014, Sponichi 9/29/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/28 KCR 6
RF 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 .285
Batted second. L3b, 1B8, 1B7. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 5th. Nikkan Sports 9/29/2014, Sponichi 9/29/2014
Munenori Kawasaki KCR 9/28 BAL 1
3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .258
Batted sixth. G4, L8. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 9/29/2014, Sponichi 9/29/2014


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[9/27/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Munenori Kawasaki, Norichika Aoki

by on Sep.27, 2014 @ 6:11 pm, under MLB
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Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/26 KCR 3
RF 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 .283
Batted second. 3B9[6] one RBI[42]-R[63], L7, G6. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 9/27/2014, Sponichi 9/27/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/26 BAL 2
3B 3 0 2 2 0 0 1 .261
Batted seventh. 1B4b one RBI[16], 1B4 one RBI[17], G6. Committed a throwing error[7] in the top of the 4th. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 9/27/2014, Sponichi 9/27/2014, Sponichi 9/27/2014


Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 9/26 LAA 3
80-56 23 6.1 4 2 2 0 4 2 3.52
Started the game. Left in the top of the 7th, with one out, none on, and Seattle up 4-2 due to a possible injury. Picked up the win. (W, 15-9). Nikkan Sports 9/27/2014, Sponichi 9/27/2014, MLB.com Highlights


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