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[12/10/2014] Rumors: Rick VandenHurk, Kyuji Fujikawa, Yulieski Gourriel

by on Dec.11, 2014 @ 2:50 am, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines received Yakult's list of protected players on the 9th. Lotte has until January 6, but will try to reach a decision before the end of the year. They are planning to select a player as part of their compensation for losing Yoshihisa Naruse. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014


Kyuji Fujikawa will most likely play in the United States next year. A source close to the situation told reporters that the pitcher did not have to consider returning to Japan because there was enough MLB interest. Source: Daily Sports 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

The Softbank Hawks have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with Rick VandenHurk (29). An announcement is expected within the next couple of days. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

Yoshihisa Hirano (30) signed a three-year deal worth 900 million yen. At 300 million a year, he became the highest paid pitcher in franchise history. Hirano likes Orix and feels strongly about winning a championship with them and never considered playing for another team this year. He is slated to earn his international FA option after next season. He is planning to stay with Orix over the next three years, but was unwilling to commit to the organization for the rest of his career when asked by reporters on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014, Sports Hochi 12/10/2014, Sponichi 12/10/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars may have offered Yulieski Gourriel (30) a one-year deal worth about 350 million yen, in addition to a two-year deal worth as much as 700 million yen. A representative is currently in Cuba handling negotiations. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014

The Yakult Swallows may have offered Yuhei (30) fifty-eight million for 2015 (a raise of about forty-five million). The outfielder placed the offer on hold because he was expecting more. Since this was his first full season at Ichi-gun, he had his management company rate his season. There was a gap between what Yakult offered and what his management company estimated. The Swallows sweetened their deal during the meeting, but have no plans to add to it. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

Ryosuke Hirata (26) met Chunichi Dragons' officials on Wednesday for about ninety minutes and agreed to a deal worth an estimated forty-seven million yen in 2015 (twelve million raise). The amount remained unchanged since the first round of negotiations, but time and a better understanding of the team's rating system was enough to get Hirata to sign. Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2014, Daily Sports 12/10/2014, Sponichi 12/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2014

Atori Ota (25) agreed to a deal worth an estimated 9.5 million yen (a salary cut of three million) on Wednesday. It was Ota's second meeting with Yokohama Bay Star officials. It was the same offer he received during his first meeting. Source: Sponichi 12/10/2014

[12/9/2014] Rumors: Yoshihisa Hirano, Yuhei

by on Dec.10, 2014 @ 2:06 am, under NPB
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Hanshin's Shintaro Fujinami (20) appeared on a variety TV show on Monday and admitted that he would want a chance to play in the Majors if he ever reached that level of play. Source: Sanspo 12/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/9/2014, Daily Sports 12/9/2014

Orix's Yoshihisa Hirano (30) agreed to a three-year deal worth 900 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2014

Takeya Nakamura (31) met Seibu Lion officials for salary negotiations on Monday and agreed to a thirty million yen raise (from 350 to 380 million yen). Nakamura is now the highest paid Japanese player in franchise history. He started the day tied with Kazuo Matsui at 350 million yen. Source: Sponichi 12/9/2014, Daily Sports 12/9/2014

Yuhei (30) was not satisifed with the salary offer he received from the Yakult Swallows on Tuesday and decided to hold off on signing an agreement for the 2015 season. His meeting with team officials lasted about an hour and forty-five minutes. Source: Sponichi 12/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/9/2014

[12/9/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.10, 2014 @ 2:04 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Katsuki Matayoshi was able to work on a slower slider while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic this off-season. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata is thinking about giving Yasutomo Kubo the opening day start next year. Kubo believes the team would be better served if a younger pitcher got the assignment. Source: Sports Hochi 12/9/2014

Yakult Swallows

[12/8/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.09, 2014 @ 1:27 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants held a press conference to introduce Ryoji Aikawa and Tatsuhiko Kinjo on Monday. Aikawa was assigned the number twenty-three, Kinjo the number thirty-three. Source: official announcement .. Aikawa selected the number twenty-three in honor of his late mother (her birthday was on July 23). Source: Daily Sports 12/8/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers' first practice game during spring camp is slated to take place on February 11 against Nippon Ham. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014
  • Hanshin has played 9,926 games. Assuming no rain outs, they will reach 10,000 on June 30 against Yakult at Jingu. They have also recorded 4,976 victories. Source: Sponichi 12/8/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa will be moving out of the team dormitory and into his own place this month. Source: Chunichi Sports 12/8/2014

[12/7/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.08, 2014 @ 12:47 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shinya Azuhata (26) is planning to marry a twenty-six-year-old woman living in Aichi. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2014
  • Kazuyuki Kaneda and Akira Iwamoto will be working out with Seung-Hwan Oh in Guam for about ten days in January. Source: Sanspo 12/7/2014, Sponichi 12/7/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants to compete as a middle infielder. Source: Sponichi 12/6/2014 ... Nishioka's divorce from model Naoko Tokuzawa (30) was recently finalized. Source: Sponichi 12/6/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shota Dobayashi will use three different kinds of bats next season. Type 1: The same kind of bat he used this season (910 grams, thirty-four inches). Type 2: Same as Type 1, but lighter, between 880-900 grams. Type 3: Same as Type 1, but with a thicker handle. Source: Sponichi 12/7/2014, Daily Sports 12/7/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Katsuki Matayoshi faced Manny Ramirez three times while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. Ramirez went 1-for-2 with a walk. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2014
  • The Chubu Sports Writers Club decided to give Daisuke Yamai their baseball MVP award. Source: Sanspo 12/6/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshihisa Naruse was using a Shota Dobayashi model bat this season. He will continue to use the same model, but will switch over to a Kazuhiro Wada bat handle. The bat will also be about ten grams lighter, between 880 and 890 grams. Source: Sponichi 12/6/2014

[12/5/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Dec.06, 2014 @ 6:44 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are thinking about going with a yellow alternate uniform next season as part of their 80th anniversary celebration. Source: Sanspo 12/5/2014
  • Ryota Arai turned down an offer to change his uniform number from thirty-two to twenty-five. Twenty-five was the number his brother Takahiro wore the last seven seasons with the Tigers. Said Arai, "I felt if someone was going to wear it, it might as well be me. I asked people what they thought. I like thirty-two and the number twenty-five reminds me of my brother." Source: Sanspo 12/5/2014
  • Tatsuya Kojima (29) had surgery to clean out his right knee on Tuesday and was discharged from the hospital on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 12/5/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Katsuki Matayoshi returned to Japan on Friday. He was playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. In seventeen games, Matayoshi went 0-2 with a 1.69 ERA. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014, MiLB Player Stats
  • Masahiro Yamamoto ordered a pair of protective glasses during a meeting with Mizuno representatives on Friday. Yamamoto is coming off surgery to treat a detached retina in October. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014
  • Yohei Oshima used cleats that weighed 305 grams this past season. He was shown lighter models weighing between 270 and 290 grams during a meeting with SSK representatives on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Nagisa Arakaki's uniform number will change from forty-five to sixty-six. Source: official announcement
  • Wladimir Balentien had surgery on his left Achilles on October 1. He is now at the point where he can wear regular footwear while walking around indoors. The Swallows are not expecting him to be ready to report to the first day of spring camp. They will try to set a timetable in January. Source: Daily Sports 12/5/2014

[12/4/2014] Yakult Swallows finalize contracts with Barnette, Roman, Balentien , Milledge

by on Dec.04, 2014 @ 11:24 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows announced today that they finalized 2015 contracts for Tony Barnette (31), Orlando Roman (36), Wladimir Balentien (30), and Lastings Milledge (29).

Barnette and Roman agreed to new one-year deals. Barnette's contract is worth an estimated 1.55 million US dollars (about 186.6 million yen, up 18 million yen), Roman's 430,000 US dollars (about 52 milion yen, 11.6 million yen).

Balentien will be in the second year of a three-year deal. He will make an estimated 2.5 million US dollars next season (about 300 million yen, up 90 million yen from this year). Milledge will be in the final year of a two-year deal. He will make an estimated 1.9 million US dollars (about 228 million yen, up 81 million yen from this year).

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 12/4/2014, Daily Sports 12/4/2014, Sponichi 12/5/2014

[UPDATE 12/6 @ 8:38pm]

In dollars: Balentien's contract increased 500,000 from 2.0 million to 2.5 million. Milledge's increased 800,000 from 1.1 million to 1.9 million. The exchange rate can complicate conversions into yen, especially when there are large fluctuations (the rate was $1 = 104yen on January 1 and $1 = 119yen on December 4).

Source: ZakZak 12/6/2014

[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

[11/29/2014] Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.30, 2014 @ 9:13 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi and former Giant Koji Uehara held a baseball clinic and talk session in Ishinomaki, Miyagi for about 150 youths on Saturday. Source: Sanspo 11/30/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez is planning to play winter ball. The Tigers could ask him to keep an eye out on players he thinks might find success in Japan. Source: Sports Hochi 11/29/2014, Sanspo 11/29/2014
  • Yutaka Wada is thinking about giving Tsuyoshi Nishioka a look in the outfield next year. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014, Sponichi 11/29/2014
  • Pitchers struggled at Mazda Stadium this year. The Tigers are planning to have some of the mounds at Okinawa spring camp rebuilt with the same materials used at Mazda Stadium. Source: Sanspo 11/29/2014
  • The Tigers Old Timers organization recognized Tomoyuki Kubota's accomplishments during his active career by presenting him with a special achievement award on Saturday. Source: Sanspo 11/30/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp could give Deunte Heath a look in the closer role next year. They could also go with four set-up men. Source: Sponichi 11/29/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Sobue (27) filed marriage papers with a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Toyohashi, Aichi on August 10. They are not planning to hold a ceremony. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2014
  • Shuhei Takahashi's uniform number will change from nine to three next year. Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuhei will spend some time training at the Weider Training Lab in Tokyo this winter. Source: Sponichi 11/30/2014

[11/28/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.29, 2014 @ 2:53 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kan Otake is hoping to lose about five kilograms during the off-season. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/28/2014
  • Yokohama senryokugai Shugo Fujii is planning to retire. He is expected to accept a job as pitching coach for the Giants. Source: Sanspo 11/28/2014
  • Former Giant Masumi Kuwata's son, Masaki Kuwata, was drafted by the Niigata Albirex Baseball Club (BC League) on Friday. Source: official announcement
  • Former Giant Alex Ramirez's son, Yonder Ramirez, was drafted by the Gunma Diamond Pegasus Baseball Club (BC League) on Friday. Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani did not attend a team golf cup tournament on Thursday, most likely because he was busy preparing for next year. Source: Sanspo 11/28/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Players and staff attended a one-hour lecture given by mental training consultant Kyoko Imai on Thursday. Source: Sanspo 11/28/2014