The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-four-year-old Edwin Escobar. He was assigned the uniform number 42. The Fighters released the following statement from Escobar:
I have been interested in Japanese baseball and was hoping for a chance to play when the Fighters gave me this wonderful opportunity. My family and I are grateful. I am looking forward to playing in Japan. More than anything, I am excited about joining the Fighters and helping them win consecutive championships.
According to reports by the media, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated ninety million yen.
[UPDATE 2/1 @ 10:59pm]
The Fighters held a press conference for Escobar today.
Source: Nipppon Ham 2/1/2017