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[11/25/2014] Yomiuri Giants finalize contracts with Poreda, Mikolas

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 7:01 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they finalized contracts with pitchers Aaron Poreda (28) and Miles Mikolas (26). Poreda was assigned the number forty-nine and Mikolas the number thirty-nine. The two players are slated to arive in Japan some time in late-January.

According to media reports, both players agreed to one-year deals: Poreda for about sixty-five million yen (550,000 US dollars) and Mikolas for about eighty-three million yen (700,000 US dollars).

Source: official announcement, Yomiuri Online 11/25/2014, Sanspo 11/25/2014, Daily Sports 11/25/2014

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[11/24/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Alfredo Despaigne, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers have made the best offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) so far, according to people close to the situation. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

Leslie Anderson, Frederich Cepeda, Scott Mathieson, and Hector Mendoza will most likely return to the Yomiuri Giants next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014

Ryosuke Hirata (26) is not planning to accept the Chunichi Dragons' terms for 2015 until he is fully satisfied he is getting paid his fair share, even if it means negotiations run into next year. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines would like Alfredo Despaigne (28) to return to their team next year. They are planning to offer a salary of about 200 million yen plus permissions to skip spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014

The Softbank Hawks may be close to announcing an agreement with Daisuke Matsuzaka (34). Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Eiichi Koyano heading to the Orix Buffaloes, the Seibu Lions will most likely check the overseas market for third basemen, in addition to a starting pitcher. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are interested in Tony Blanco (34). Source: Sanspo 11/24/2014

[11/24/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 12:53 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh lived in a regular apartment complex this past season. He asked the Tigers if they could find a hotel that had rooms with kitchens for ext year. Oh likes cooking, but does not want to worry about having to keep things tidy. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014, Sanspo 11/24/2014
  • The Tigers invited Yutaka Enatsu to be a special instructor during Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Development coach Masayuki Kakefu was originally scheduled to spend most, if not all, of his time as a Ni-gun instructor, but will join Enatsu at Ichi-gun spring camp for the first two or three days. He will then head back to Ni-gun spring camp and then return to Ichi-gun spring camp for a few days in mid-February. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014, Sanspo 11/24/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino got tips on how to throw a change-up from Chihiro Kaneko during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014
  • The Bay Stars are thinking about printing an inspirational phrase within the numbers on their uniforms next season. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Masato Furuno (28) married a thirty-four-year-old woman living in Saitama. They filed papers in Matsuyama, Ehime on November 4. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014

[11/23/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.24, 2014 @ 5:41 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants held retirement ceremonies for Yoshihito Ishii (36) and Yasunari Takagi (32) during fan appreciation day on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • 1st round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama and 2nd round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami hit into a triple play during Saturday's fan appreciation day intra-squad game. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014
  • Yutaka Wada is thinking about changing the team slogan for the first time in three years. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Jun Hirose told reporters on Saturday that he bumped into Hiroyuki Nakajima and Kyuji Fujikawa while he was working out in the United States. Source: Daily Sports 11/23/2014 ... Hirose was in Los Angeles working out at EXOS between October 28 and November 19. Source: Daily Sports 11/23/2014
  • The Carp unveiled their slogan for 2015: Joshodamashi Red Rising. Source: official announcement
  • The media learned on Sunday that Jumpei Ono (27) filed marriage papers with a twenty-eight-year-old woman from Tokyo on August 8. The two are currently living in Hiroshima. Source: Sports Hochi 11/23/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hanshin senryokugai Yuji Yoshimi (36) will rejoin the Yokohama organization as a pitching coach. Toshio Fukazawa (31) signed on as a bullpen catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014

[11/23/2014] Yomiuri Giants introduce 2014 Draft Class

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 6:09 pm, under NPB
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Ord Name JPN Team DOB HT/WT POS T/B Level Uni Bonus Contract Date
1 Okamoto, Kazuma 岡本 和真 YOM 1996/06/30 183/95 INF R/R Chiben Gakuen High School 38 80,000,000 12,000,000 11/19
2 Tone, Chiaki 戸根 千明 YOM 1992/10/17 173/93 P L/L Nihon University 50 70,000,000 12,000,000 11/17
3 Takagi, Hayato 高木 勇人 YOM 1989/07/13 178/88 P R/R Mitsubishi Juko Nagoya 54 65,000,000 12,000,000 11/20
4 Tanaka, Daiki 田中 大輝 YOM 1992/08/07 182/76 P L/L Kokugakuin University 69 50,000,000 10,000,000 11/13
I1 Shinohara, Shinpei 篠原 慎平 YOM 1990/06/13 186/95 P R/L Kagawa Olive Guyners 001 1,000,000 2,500,000 11/17
I2 Kawai, Takuya 川相 拓也 YOM 1990/11/25 174/71 INF R/B Obirin (Oberlin) University 004 1,000,000 2,500,000 11/14
I3 Tanaka, Takaya 田中 貴也 YOM 1992/08/27 178/80 C R/L Yamanashi Gakuin University 005 1,000,000 2,500,000 11/16
I4 Takahashi, Shinnosuke 高橋 慎之介 YOM 1994/07/25 187/85 P R/L Kisarazu Sogo High School 010 1,000,000 2,500,000 11/14

[11/22/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Bryan Bullington, Yohei Oshima

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 4:16 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers likely sweetened their package to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) by adding a fourth year to their three-year offer and the uniform number six. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Yomiuri Giants are close to finalizing contracts with Miles Mikolas (26) and Aaron Poreda (28). The only thing remaining is a standard drug test. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Toyama Thunderbirds (BC League) are interested in Yokohama senryokugai Takuro Ito (21). Toyama will most likely make a move on Ito if he does not receive any offers from NPB teams. Source: Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

Shugo Fujii (37) has received some player contract offers (independent league and overseas leagues), but none from the NPB. He has also received an offer to become a batting practice pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Seibu Lions are currently checking the overseas market for starting arms. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Softbank Hawks announced that they re-signed Daichiro Ito (21), Takeshi Hosoyamada (28), Naoki Shirane (21) and Koki Kanno (22) to Ikusei contracts. They also signed Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata (20) to an Ikusei contract. He was assigned the number 137. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014, Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

The Orix Buffaloes may be close to finalizing a contract with Bryan Bullington (34). An announcement could be made once Hiroshima removes him from their reserved list. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Buffaloes' official Ryuzo Setoyama told reporters on Friday that they made a formal offer for Wily Mo Pena (32) about five days go. It was their first official offer. Source: Daily Sports 11/22/2014

Yohei Oshima was offered an estimated seventy-four million yen during contract negotiations with Chunichi on Saturday. He placed the offer on hold because he felt his performance this season was worth more than a 17.75 million yen raise, especially after he was penalized with a 56.25 million yen salary cut last year. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014 ... Ryosuke Hirata also decided not to sign after he was offered a twelve million yen raise. He felt his performance warranted a bigger raise. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

[11/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hideki Matsui is still very much in the mix as a future managerial candidate. Tatsunori Hara will be in the final year of a two-year deal next season. The Giants have not ruled out another extension, but will also consider other options. Matsui will most likely be one of them. Yoshinobu Takahashi is also thought to be a future managerial candidate. Matsui is currently in Japan and may not return to the United States until January. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014, Daily Sports 11/22/2014, Sponichi 11/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers held a retirement ceremony for Tomoyuki Kubota (33) and Takeshi Hidaka (37) during fan appreciation day on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • Yutaka Wada gave Ryutaro Umeno, Suguru Iwazaki, and Kazuyuki Kaneda the Manager's Selection Fresh Award. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • Minoru Iwata was the recipient of the 2014 Yanase Hanshin Tigers MVP Award. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014 ... Iwata donated one million yen to the Type 1 Diabetes Research Fund. He has been donating 100K for each victory he records since 2009. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami got tips on how to throw the change-up from Orix's Chihiro Kaneko during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. He also got pointers on how to throw the curve from Softbank's Shota Takeda. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014
  • Head coach Katsuo Hirata would like first round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama to work on polishing his forkball. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to invite former Tiger Yutaka Enatsu to spring camp as a special instructor. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Koichi Ogata is planning to run a tight ship during Ichi-gun spring camp next year and will demote any player he feels is unprepared, including on the first day. He expects everyone to be ready to go from day one. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014
  • Allen Kuri threw 109 pitches in the bullpen on Friday. He ended up throwing 2,026 pitches during fall camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014
  • Ogata is planning to recommend the organization sign Danilo DeJesus Araujo to a contract. DeJesus could be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp next year. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Thirteen pitchers threw a total 14,447 pitches during fall camp, seven threw at least 1,000 pitches. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

Yomiuri Giants at home Hero of the Year Award: Yoshinobu Takahashi

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 6:25 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants at home Hero of the Year Award went to Yoshinobu Takahashi (determined by fan balloting).

July 6, vs Chunichi: with the score tied at one and the bases loaded in the 8th, Takahashi gave the Giants a 3-1 lead with a pinch-hit, two-out, two-run single to center.  He also came up with a big hit on July 5: Down 3-2 in the 7th, he blasted a pinch-hit two-run homer.  [official announcement - box score]

[11/21/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 4:29 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara would like pitching coach Kiyoshi Toyoda to work with Hirokazu Sawamura on his conversion from starter to reliever. Source: Sponichi 11/21/2014
  • Koshien police arrested a thirty-seven-year-old man on the 18th on suspicion of posting death-threats against people connected to the Yomiuri Giants at an online website on September 8. Security on the third base side at Koshien Stadium was beefed up during a Yomiuri three-game series that took place between September 9 and 11. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi believes Shintaro Fujinami needs to work on three things to become the staff ace: winning percentage (recording double-digit victories is not enough), performance against left-handed hitters (right-handed hitters batted .191, left-handed hitter .306), and innings pitched (he does not have to throw 200 innings, but any less than the 163 he threw this season will not be good enough). Source: Nikkan Sorts 11/21/2014
  • Masahiro Nakatani was Yutaka Wada's fielding MVP during fall camp -- he showed good defense and a strong outfield arm during fielding practices. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2014
  • Hiroya Shimamoto was added to the seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 126 to 69. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2014
  • The Tigers are thinking about inviting their US-based scout Jeff Williams to spring camp next year as a special instructor. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2014
  • Yutaka Tamaki (28) will file marriage papers with a twenty-eight-year-old woman from Osaka. A ceremony and reception will be held in Osaka on December 14. Source: Sponichi 11/21/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Koichi Ogata spent about two hours hitting baseballs to pitchers positioned in the infield (from 1:30pm until 3:30pm). Yuki Mima will most likely be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Masato Furuno threw 1,429 pitches during fall camp. Source: Sanpso 11/21/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato tossed 130 pitches in the bullpen on Thursday. It was his sixth session during fall camp. Including pitches he threw during games, Yoshinori tossed 634 pitches during fall camp. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

[11/21/2014] Ryoji Aikawa formally turns down Yakult, to sign with Yomiuri

by on Nov.21, 2014 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Ryoji Aikawa (38) met with the Yakult Swallows on Friday to formally turn down their offer and to let them know that he was planning to sign with the Yomiuri Giants.

Aikawa first met the Yomiuri Giants on the 13th. He did not receive an offer, but was told he would have a chance to compete for the everyday job at catcher. He met the Giants again on the 16th and was most likely offered a one-year contract worth an estimated sixty million yen and the uniform number 23.

The Giants are also said to have reached a deal with Tatsuhiko Kinjo (38). The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that Kinjo will not be participating in fan appreciation day and posted the following statement from the veteran:

To the fans,

I was able to play for the Yokohama Bay Stars for sixteen years because you supported me by cheering for me while I was on the field. There were good times and bad times. Regardless of how things were going, your cheering never changed. Your warm cheering gave me strength.

I am very sorry, but I will not be able to properly say goodbye to you as I leave this team. I will never forget the appreciation I have for you and will pursue my baseball career to the fullest.

Thank you very much for the sixteen years.

Yomiuri is expected to hold a press conference for both players in early December.

Sources: Sponichi 11/21/2014, Daily Sports 11/21/2014, Daily Sports 11/21/2014, Daily Sports 11/21/2014, official announcement (Kinjo)