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[1/22/2015] Hanshin Tigers reach agreement with Takashi Toritani

by on Jan.22, 2015 @ 11:11 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers announced earlier today that they re-signed Takashi Toritani (33) to a contract. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a five-year deal worth about two billion yen.

Below are portions from his press conference:

Did you sign a one-year or multi-year deal?


How long and for how much money?

It's a multi-year deal. You can make guesses on the amount.

What were your thoughts on the money?

It was not about the money. I feel good about my decision because I was able to properly think about whether I wanted to play over there or over here.

Does this mean you put the Majors aside for the time being?

Well, I felt strongly about winning with Hanshin and I think it would be nice if I can end my career with Hanshin.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015, Daily Sports 1/22/2015

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[1/9/2015] Takashi Toritani decides to stay with the Hanshin Tigers

by on Jan.09, 2015 @ 2:35 pm, under NPB
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Tha Hanshin Tigers announced earlier today that Takashi Toritani (33) decided to stay with the organization. They posted the following comment from Toritani:

I earned my international FA option and exercised it. I spent a lot of time thinking about my options and would now like to let everyone know that I decided to stay. I apologize to the fans, organization, and players for the worry I may have caused by taking so long to come to this decision. I would like to ask the fans to put their concerns aside in exchange for a season in which I will work hard to help share the happiness that comes from winning a league pennant and Nippon Series.

Toritani spent about two months thinking about his options. MLB teams like the Blue Jays, Nationals, Mets, and Padres may have been interested in the infielder, but many did not see him as an everyday player and few, if any, were willing to sign him to a multi-year deal. On the flip side, the Tigers most likely offered him four or more years on their deal. They may have also offered job-stability after retirement (coaching, front-office position).

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 1/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/9/2015, Sponichi 1/9/2015, Sponichi 1/9/2015

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[12/27/2014] Takashi Toritani, Takahiro Okada

by on Dec.28, 2014 @ 3:28 am, under NPB
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Takashi Toritani (33) contacted Hanshin official Eiichi Takano directly on the 25th to let him know that he was not going to be able to finalize his decision before the end of the year. The Tigers are hoping to get a decision by mid-January because they can not make any moves until they know for certain where Toritani will be playing next year. Source: Daily Sports 12/27/2014, Sports Hochi 12/27/2014, Sponichi 12/27/2014

Negotiations between the Orix Buffaloes and Takahiro Okada (26) are ongoing. An agreement might not be reached before the end of the year. The Buffaloes have spoken to Okada's representative a number of times since the slugger first placed their seventy-eight million yen offer (twenty-three million yen raise) on hold on the 8th. The last official day of business this year for Orix is the 29th. Source: Daily Sports 12/27/2014 ... Okada only has time on the 28th. There is a good chance the two sides will not reach an agreement before the end of the year. Source: Sponichi 12/27/2014 ... The two sides are slated to meet on the 28th. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/27/2014

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[12/26/2014] Takashi Toritani, Alejandro Segovia, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.27, 2014 @ 3:54 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers were informed that Takashi Toritani (33) will not be able to make a decision about next season before the end of the year. Source: Daily Sports 12/26/2014

The Yakult Swallows will make a decision on their compensation for losing Ryoji Aikawa in the new year. They will most likely check on pitching talent. Source: Sports Hochi 12/26/2014 ... Yakult is planning to go over their options since they originally thought they were going to lose at least one player as compensation for signing Yoshihisa Naruse and Keiji Obiki. However, they must now consider the larger amount of money they will be "losing" because both Lotte and Nippon Ham opted for money-only compensation. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/26/2014

The Swallows have spent close to 1.8 billion yen this offseason. The figure includes salary raises (~323 million), free agent signings (~900 million in total), compensation for the free agent signings (~128 million), and 2014 draft class signings (~417 million). Source: Sanspo 12/26/2014

The Rakuten Eagles announced that they signed twenty-four-year-old catcher Alejandro Segovia (24) to an Ikusei contract. He was assigned the uniform number 124. The deal is worth an estimated five million yen. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 12/26/2014

[12/24/2014] Takashi Toritani, Kenta Maeda, Tadashi Settsu

by on Dec.25, 2014 @ 3:19 am, under NPB
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The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly offered Takashi Toritani (33) a Major League contract. The San Diego Padres are also said to be interested. Source: Daily Sports 12/24/2014 ... Discussions with Toronto may not be going well. The two sides may be fairly far apart on years and terms. Source: Sanspo 12/24/2014

Kenta Maeda (26) finalized his contract for the 2015 season on Wednesday. He agreed to a twenty milion yen raise and is set to make an estimated 300 million yen next year. Maeda is the first player in franchise history and the youngest pitcher in Central League history to reach 300 million yen. Source: Daily Sports 12/24/2014, Daily Sports 12/24/2014, Sponichi 12/24/2014, Sports Hochi 12/24/2014

The Yakult Swallows held a press conference to introduce Suguru Ino (31) on Wednesday. He agreed to a deal worth an estimated eight million yen and was assigned the number sixty-three. Source: official announcement, Sponichi 12/24/2014

The Softbank Hawks were unable to finalize terms for the 2015 season with Tadashi Settsu (32) before the end of the year. "Personal issues" was cited as the reason. Source: Sports Hochi 12/24/2014

Lotte senryokugai Tadahiro Ogino (32) will be joining Hitachi Seisakusho. Ogino spent two years playing for Hitachi before turning pro and after graduating from Kanagawa University. Source: Sports Hochi 12/24/2014

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[12/23/2014] Chihiro Kaneko, Takashi Toritani

by on Dec.24, 2014 @ 2:09 am, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles have not set any concrete deadlines on Chihiro Kaneko (31). Source: Nikkan Sports 12/23/2014 ... The Eagles are said to have prepared a deal with at least three years and the uniform number 19. Source: Sponichi 12/23/2014 ... Hanshin general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters on Monday that he spoke to Kaneko's agent on Sunday. "I spoke to his agent over the phone on Sunday. There was nothing new, but he did emphasize that money wasn't the only thing. He said Kaneko wasn't that kind of player," said Nakamura. The Tigers are not planning to make any changes to the offer unless they hear from Kaneko. Source: Sponichi 12/23/2014 ... Team facilities (medical, rehab, training) appear to be a big concern for Kaneko, in addition to winning. Source: Daily Sports 12/23/2014, Sanspo 12/23/2014

The Tigers have yet to hear from Takashi Toritani (33), as of Monday. They would like a decision before the end of the year, but there is a chance they will have to wait until next year. Source: Sanspo 12/23/2014

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[12/15/2014] Rumors: Takashi Toritani, Alejandro Segovia, Shunsuke Watanabe

by on Dec.16, 2014 @ 2:41 am, under NPB
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Takashi Toritani is expected to give the Hanshin Tigers his final decision during their next meeting. He is said to be talking to the Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres. Both teams might be willing to sign him to an MLB contract, but neither will likely go more than a year with a team option. Source: Sanspo 12/15/2014

The Tigers could have someone check on talent in Venezuela some time in January. They are also interested in Shunsuke Watanabe (38). He is currently playing for Leones del Caracas. He wants to make it back to the Majors, but could be open to returning to Japan if he gets no offers. Source: Sports Hochi 12/15/2014, MLB.com Player Page

Yoshio Itoi (33) met with Orix officials for salary negotiations on Monday and agreed to a 100 million yen raise. He is slated to make an estimated 350 million yen, plus incentives, in 2015. He was also selected to become the next team captain. Itoi is still interested in the Majors, but is currently more concerned about winning a championship with Orix. Source: Sports Hochi 12/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/15/2014

The media learned that the Rakuten Eagles are planning to sign Alejandro Segovia (24) to an Ikusei contract. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2014

Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda (26) apparently told fans at a dinner event on Sunday that pitching in the Majors and winning a championship with the Carp were both his goals. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2014

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[12/13/2014] Rumors: Takashi Toritani, Kyuji Fujikawa, Yuhei

by on Dec.14, 2014 @ 12:54 am, under NPB
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The media learned Takashi Toritani (33) met the Hanshin Tigers for a second time this off-season on the 11th. The organization again asked that he remain. Toritani told the Tigers he planned to make a decision once all MLB offers were on the table. When asked by reporters if he was going to make a decision before the end of the year, he said he was not sure. He could meet with Hanshin again early next week. Source: Daily Sports 12/13/2014, Sanspo 12/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014


Takahiro Mahara (33) turned down a multi-year deal and incentives from the Orix Buffaloes because he does not think they are necessary. "I want to play for this team. I've never signed [a multi-year deal]. I have no interest in incentives. I take each year as a new challenge," said Mahara. When asked about the international FA option he is slated to earn next year, he replied, "I'm not thinking about that at all." Source: Sports Hochi 12/13/2014, Daily Sports 12/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014

Kenta Maeda (26) could meet team officials for preliminary salary negotiations on the 16th. If talks go smoothly, the Hiroshima Carp might be able to sign Maeda to an agreement before the end of the year. There is a chance the actually signing could take place next year if talks break down or there are scheduling conflicts. Source: Sports Hochi 12/13/2014, Sponichi 12/13/2014

The Chunichi Dragons signed Takahiro Kawasaki (21) to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 4.4 million yen. His uniform number will change from 51 to 201. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2014

Yuhei (30) is slated to meet the Yakult Swallows on the 16th to resume salary negotiations. It will be his second meeting with team officials this off-season. He placed their initial offer on hold, but is planning to sign on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 12/13/2014, Daily Sports 12/13/2014


Kyuji Fujikawa (34) and the Texas Rangers are close to finalizing a one-year contract with an option. The deal is pending a physical. Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson Tweet 12/13/2014, MLB.com's TR Sullivan Tweet 12/13/2014

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[12/12/2014] Rumors: Takashi Toritani, Kensuke Tanaka

by on Dec.13, 2014 @ 1:31 am, under NPB
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Scott Boras told reporters that there was always a chance Takashi Toritani (33) could return to the Hanshin Tigers next year. The agent also indicated a decision will most likely be made before the end of the year. Source: Sanspo 12/12/2014, Sanspo 12/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/12/2014

Kensuke Tanaka (33) was hoping to return to the United States next year, but did not receive any offers. A number of NPB teams have shown interest, but the infielder is expected to choose the Nippon Ham Fighters. Source: Nikkan Soprts 12/12/2014

The Seibu Lions could find themselves in a position where they might be interested in Yokohama senryokugai Norihiro Nakamura (41). Source: ZakZak 12/12/2014

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[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

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