The Hanshin Tigers announced on November 29 that they signed Randy Messenger (35) and Marcos Mateo (32) to new contracts for the 2017 season. According to the media, Messenger agreed to a two-year contract with an estimated annual salary of 350 million yen. Mateo signed a one-year contract worth an estimated 110 million yen.
Messenger will become the first foreign player to spend eight years with the Hanshin Tigers next year. The previous record of seven years was held by Gene Bacque (1962-1968) and Jeff Williams (2003-2009).