2018 Hanshin Tigers Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
藤谷洸介 Kosuke Fujitani [12/03] Fujitani was assigned the uniform number 115. Hanshin 12/3/2018 … [11/14] The Tigers signed Fujitani to an Ikusei contract. Hanshin 11/14/2018
山崎勝己 Katsuki Yamazaki [11/10] The Buffaloes might be planning to offer Yamazaki a two-year deal that could be worth an estimated 30 million yen next year. Nikkan Sports 11/10/2018
メッセンジャー Randy Messenger [12/10] The Tigers announced that signed Messenger to a contract for the 2019 season. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 350 million yen (no change over this season). Hanshin 12/10/2018, Daily Sports 12/11/2018, Sponichi 12/11/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/11/2018 … [10/31] Messenger and Tigers may have agreed to basic terms on a one-year contract. They are expected to finalize terms before the end of the year. Daily Sports 10/31/2018 … [10/13] Nikkan Sports is reporting that Messenger signed a new one-year contract. Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018 … [10/10] The Tigers are planning to make Messenger an offer. According to Nikkan Sports, when asked about next season, Messenger said he hadn’t given it much thought yet and might even end up being in the US instead of Japan. Sports Hochi 10/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2018
上本博紀 Hiroki Uemoto [11/13] Hiroki Uemoto to stay with Hanshin for at least one more year … [10/31] Uemoto may be planning to exercise his option if negotiation with the Tigers do not go well. The Tigers have apparently offered a multi-year deal, likely three years. Sanspo 10/31/2018 … [10/05] Could earn domestic free agent option with injury exception. Considering options. Tigers could have two- or three-year offer on table. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018
OUT ロサリオ Wilin Rosario [10/31] The Tigers placed Rosario on waivers. The NPB listed him as a free agent on 10/31. NPB 2018 Released Players … [10/31] According to Tokyo Sports, Rosario is willing to take a big pay cut to stay with the Tigers. Tokyo Sports 10/31/2018 … [10/20] The Tigers are still in the process of evaluating whether or not it makes sense to keep Rosario. They have not ruled him out of their plans yet. Daily Sports 10/20/2018 … [10/11] Rosario is interested in returning next year. Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018 … [10/06] The Tigers have an option to buy out a second year. They may be open to signing him to a new contract if he is willing to take a significant cut in base salary (with potential to make up some of the difference with performance bonuses). Sponichi 10/6/2018 … [10/05] May not return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018
OUT マテオ Marcos Mateo [10/31] The Tigers placed Mateo on waivers. The NPB listed him as a free agent on 10/31. NPB 2018 Released Players … [10/11] According to Sports Hochi, the Tigers are not planning to make Mateo an offer. Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 … [10/10] Mateo is slated to have his right shoulder cleaned out during the upcoming off-season. The Tigers are planning to take him off their reserved list, but have not ruled him out completely. Sponichi 10/10/2018 … [10/05] May not return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018
OUT モレノ Diego Moreno [10/31] The Tigers placed Moreno on waivers. The NPB listed him as a free agent on 10/31. NPB 2018 Released Players … [10/11] According to Sports Hochi, the Tigers are not planning to make Moreno an offer. Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 … [10/05] May not return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018
STAY ナバーロ Efren Navarro [12/06] The Tigers announced that they reached an agreement with Navarro. Hanshin 12/6/2018 … [11/14] According to Sponichi, the two sides may have agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 500,000 US dollars. Sponichi 11/14/2018 … [11/13] Navarro has reportedly signed a new contract with Hanshin. Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018 … [10/31] Navarro  could return next year, according to Nikkan Sports. Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018 … [10/16] Navarro is interested in returning next year. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/16/2018 … [10/05] May not return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018
メッセンジャー Randy Messenger [10/05] Will most likely be asked to return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018
ドリス Rafael Dolis [12/13] According to Sanspo, Dolis agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 170 million yen. Sanspo 12/13/2018 … [12/12] The Tigers announced that they signed Dolis to a contract for the 2018 seas0n. Hanshin 12/12/2018 … [12/07] The Tigers have reached a basic agreement with Dolis. A formal agreement could be made before the end of the month. Daily Sports 12/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018 … [11/30] The two sides have not yet been able to reach an agreement. Sanspo 11/30/2018 … [10/05] Will probably be asked to return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018

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