[12/12/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters receive list of players from Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters’ General Manager Hiroshi Yoshimura told reporters on December 11 that they received a list of unprotected players from the Orix Buffaloes (free agent compensation for Hirotoshi Masui). They will decide what to do once they also receive a list from the Chunichi Dragons (free agent compensation for Shota Ono).

Source: Sponichi 12/12/2017

[UPDATE 12/21 @ 2:11am]

The Fighters received a list of players from the Chunichi Dragons on December 20. They decided to go with money-only compensation for Masui.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/20/2017

[UPDATE 1/14 @ 5:49pm]

The Fighters decided to go with money-only compensation for Ono as well.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/14/2018, Sponichi 1/14/2018

[UPDATE 1/17 @ 3:57pm]

According to Tokyo Sports, the Fighters wanted Hitoki Iwase as compensation for losing Ono, but backed off after the veteran threatened to retire. The Dragons left Iwase off their list of protected players because they did not think the Fighters would pick him.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/17/2018

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