According to a report at Sanspo, the Hanshin Tigers are not planning to sign twenty-four-year-old Hiroaki Saiuchi to a seventy-man roster contract next year.
Saiuchi struggled because of right shoulder problems this year and was limited to just two Ni-gun games. He is currently training at the Naruohama facilities.
The Tigers are planning to offer Saiuchi an Ikusei contract after the twelve-team tryouts.
Source: Sanspo 10/11/2017
[UPDATE 11/18 @ 3:31am]
Saiuchi signed an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 11.5 million yen (down 3.5 million yen from this year).
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
[UPDATE 12/8 @ 11:41pm]
The Tigers announced today that they assigned Saiuchi the uniform number 126.
Source: Hanshin 12/8/2017