[8/29/2017] Hanshin Tigers would like Rafael Dolis, Marcos Mateo to return next year

The Hanshin Tigers would like Rafael Dolis (29) and Marcos Mateo (33) to return in 2018 based on their performances so far this year. The Tigers are expected to begin formal negotiations with their agents after the season. They have not yet made a decision on Jason Rogers.

Source: Sanspo 8/29/2017, Sanspo 8/29/2017, Sports Hochi 8/29/2017

[UPDATE 9/12 @ 1:35am]

There is a good chance the Tigers will part ways with Rogers (29) and Eric Campbell (30). They want an impact hitter and neither has managed to fill the role. They have an interest in Alex Guerrero (30).

Source: Sanspo 9/11/2017

[UPDATE 10/19 @ 1:30am]

The Tigers are expected to offer twenty-seven-year-old Roman Mendez a contract for next year, as well as Mateo and Dolis.

Randy Messenger will be in the second year of a two-year contract next season.

Campbell and Rogers are not expected to return to the Tigers next year.

Thirty-three-year-old Luis Mendoza left for Mexico out of Shin Chitose Airport on October 18.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2017Daily Sports 10/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2017

[UPDATE 10/19 @ 6:07pm]

Dolis and Mateo flew back to their homes out of Kansai International Airport today.

Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2017

[UPDATE 10/21 @ 12:17am]

Messenger left for the United States out of Kansai International Airport on October 20. The Tigers officially announced on October 20 that Messenger will be back next year.

Source: Hanshin 10/20/2017Daily Sports 10/20/2017Sponichi 10/20/2017

[UPDATE 10/23 @ 1:42am]

Mendez returned to the Dominican Republic on October 22.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2017

[UPDATE 10/23 @ 10:50pm]

According to Sanspo, the Tigers will most likely part ways with Mendez.

Source: Sanspo 10/23/2017

[UPDATE 11/25 @ 10:19pm]

The Tigers are close to finalizing new one-year contracts with Mateo and Dolis.

Source: Sponichi 11/25/2017, Sports Hochi 11/25/2017

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