[9/29/2016] Dai-Kang Yoh planning to exercise FA option

According to a report by Sponichi, twenty-nine-year-old Dai-Kang Yoh is planning to exercise his free agent option. There are rumors that he may be interested in playing for the Softbank Hawks because of family issues (Fukuoka is closer to Taiwan than Hokkaido). He attended a high school in Fukuoka, was a fan of the Hawks, and was selected by the Hawks in the 2005 draft (the Fighters won the drawing).

Incidentally, Sports Hochi is reporting that the Hawks might be interested in Yoh.

Source: Sponichi 9/29/2016, Sports Hochi 9/29/2016

[UPDATE 9/30 @ 6:47am]

The Eagles might be willing to offer Yoh a three- to four-year deal worth over one billion yen.

Source: Sanspo 9/30/2016

[UPDATE 10/1 @ 11:15pm]

Yoh has an apartment in Sapporo. He lives there with his wife and six-year-old daughter. He also has a house in Taiwan. Next year, he might end up living alone so that his daughter can go to school in Taiwan. He has said a number of times in the past that Hokkaido was far and that travel was easier from Fukuoka.

Source: ZakZak 10/1/2016

[UPDATE 10/30 @ 4:53pm]

Yoh has told some people close to him that he is planning to exercise his free agent option with the intent of moving to another team. Among teams that might be interested include Orix, Hanshin, and Rakuten.

Yoh will be a class B free agent, which does require compensation.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2016

[UPDATE 10/30 @ 6:13pm]

Daily Sports is carrying a report which seems to indicate that Yoh told reporters he spoke to his family about his option and will probably exercise his option. He also told reporters he was grateful to the organization for their support over the years and that he wanted to sign with a team that needed him the most.

Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2016

[UPDATE 10/30 @ 9:35pm]

Yoh met with the Fighters at Sapporo Dome today. He later told reporters that his first choice was to stay because the Fighters were originally the team he wanted to play for.

Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2016

[UPDATE 10/31 @ 3:40pm]

When Yoh spoke to Nippon Ham officials on Sunday, he told them his feelings, listened to their reactions, then asked for more time to work things out. Discussions with the Fighters are still ongoing.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2016

[UPDATE 11/6 @ 12:00am]

The media learned on November 4 that Yoh decided to exercise his free agent option. He could file the paperwork on November 7. A number of teams, like Rakuten and Orix, will probably be interested.

Yoh wanted to sign a multi-year deal last year, but was only offered a one-year contract.

Source: Sponichi 11/5/2016

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