The Rakuten Eagles announced on November 29 that they reached an agreement with thirty-two-year-old Frank Herrmann. He was assigned the uniform number 42. The Eagles a released the following statement from Herrmann:
One of my goals was to play in the NPB, so I am grateful for the chance to play with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2017. I will do my best to help the team win. The Rakuten Eagles are a wonderful team and Sendai is a beautiful place. My family is looking forward to living in Japan, a wonderful country full of culture. I look forward to your cheering.
According to the media, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 70 million yen.
[UPDATE 1/31 @ 6:54pm]
The Eagles held a press conference for Herrmann today.
Source: Rakuten 1/31/2017