[5/13/2016] Orix Buffaloes sign Matt Clark

According to a number of media reports, the Orix Buffaloes have finalized a contract with twenty-nine-year-old infielder Matt Clark. He has already passed his physical and an announcement is expected soon.

Back in November, Clark tweeted that he was a free agent interested in returning to Japan. He also sent the message to the Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, and Chunichi Dragons.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2016, Daily Sports 5/13/2016, Sponichi 5/13/2016

[UPDATE 5/16 @ 9:16am]

The Buffaloes may have unofficially asked Clark to refrain from posting tweets that referred to his contract with the team. Orix has yet to make an official announcement about their agreement.

Source: Sponichi 5/16/2016

[UPDATE 5/17 @ 4:00pm]

The Buffaloes announced that they reached an agreement with Clark. A press conference is scheduled for May 19. He has been assigned the uniform number 44.

Source: Daily Sports 5/17/2016

[UPDATE 5/19 @ 7:16am]

The Buffaloes posted an announcement at their website on May 18 about the signing.

Source: Orix announcement

[UPDATE @ 5/19 @ 10:45pm]

The Buffaloes held a press conference for Clark earlier today. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated thirty million yen plus incentives.

Source: Orix announcement, Tokyo Sports 5/19/2016

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