The Seibu Lions announced today that they signed Shogo Kimura to an Ikusei contract. His uniform number will change from 0 to 121.
Kimura had reconstructive surgery in his right knee (anterior cruciate ligament) in July. The Lions signed him to an Ikusei contract because they feel he can still be productive once he fully heals.
[UPDATE 11/19 @ 4:49pm]
According to media reports, the Ikusei contract will be worth an estimated 7.5 million yen in 2017.
Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2016