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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

[10/22/2014] Norichika Aoki

by on Oct.22, 2014 @ 5:17 pm, under MLB
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Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 10/21 SFG 7
RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000
Batted second. L1, Ks, G6, G4(DP). Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2014, Sponichi 10/22/2014, Sponichi 10/22/2014


Former Rakuten Eagle Casey McGehee was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year by Sporting News Baseball. From MLB.com's Adam McCalvy:

... McGehee's comeback was more literal than most, as he played in Japan in 2013 before returning to Major League Baseball on a one-year deal with the Marlins, for whom he proved a capable run-producer and lineup-stabilizer. Making the most of a career-high 160 games played, McGehee batted .287 with four home runs, 76 RBIs, 29 doubles and 177 hits -- the National League's fourth-highest hit total.

... "When I went over [to Japan] I wasn't necessarily thinking about coming back," he said in September. "I had it in my mind that this is where it was going to be. I had to come to terms with that. When I found out I had a chance to come back, it meant a lot to me. There have been a lot of guys that have went over there and had success that haven't been able to come back, for whatever reason. I knew the chances of that happening weren't very good to begin with. I guess I'm proud of being able to say I went there and was able to come back."

Source: MLB.com 10/21/2014

[10/12/2014] Norichika Aoki

by on Oct.12, 2014 @ 9:51 pm, under MLB


Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 10/11 KCR 6
RF 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .333
Batted second. 1B7-R[2], L8, G1, BB. Replaced by a pinch-runner in the top of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014, Sponichi 10/12/2014, Sponichi 10/12/2014



  • Hideki Matsui held a baseball clinic for about thirty Japanese youth baseball players in New York on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014