2018 Nippon Ham Fighters Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes Official
STAY 中田翔 Sho Nakata [11/13] Sho Nakata to hold onto FA option and stay with the Nippon Ham Fighters … [10/16] Nakata is not sure what he wants to do with his international free agent option. He may end up staying with the Fighters. Sanspo 10/16/2018, Daily Sports 10/16/2018 11/13
STAY 宮西尚生 Naoki Miyanishi [11/09] The Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with Miyanishi on a contract for the 2019 season. Miyanishi will not exercise his option. According to at least three reports, the two sides agreed on a two-year contract worth an estimated 500 million yen (including incentives). Miyanishi told reporters during a press conference that he wanted to play for the Fighters until the end. Nikkan Sports 11/9/2018, Sports Hochi 11/9/2018, Daily Sports 11/9/2018 … [11/08] Miyanishi has reportedly decided not to exercise his free agent option. An announcement is expected soon. Sponichi 11/8/2018 … The Fighters may have offered two years at around 500 million yen. Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018 … [10/16] Miyanishi has not ruled out using his international free agent option. He wants to talk to the Fighters first before making any decisions. Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018 11/09
OUT トンキン Michael Tonkin [12/06] The Fighters announced that Tonkin will not return next season to finish out what may have been the final year of a two-year contract. Tokyo Sports 12/6/2018, Sponichi 12/6/2018, Daily Sports 12/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018 … [10/16] Tonkin will be in the second year of a two-year contract next season. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/17/2018 12/06
OUT アルシア Oswaldo Arcia [11/07] The Fighters announced that Arcia will not be returning next year. … [10/16] The Fighters could offer Acria a contract for 2019, but it seems he might not return. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018 11/07
STAY マルティネス Nick Martinez [12/18] The Fighters announced that they signed Martinez to a contract for the 2019 season. … [12/17] The Fighters and Martinez may be close to reach an agreement on a new contract. Sponichi 12/17/2018 … [12/14] Martinez may have received a minor league offer from the New York Mets. Sponichi 12/14/2018 … [11/25] The Fighters are expecting negotiations with Martinez to take some time. They might take him off their list of reserved players, but that does not mean negotiations have ended. Sponichi 11/25/2018, Sanspo 11/25/2018 … [10/16] Martinez is interested in returning next year, but still has to discuss it with his family. The Fighters are expected to make him an offer. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2018 12/18
STAY ロドリゲス Bryan Rodriguez [11/22] The Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with Rodriguez for the 2019 season. … [10/16] The Fighters are expected to offer Rodriguez a contract for 2019. Daily Sports 10/16/2018 11/22
OUT レアード Brandon Laird [12/20] The Fighters reportedly ended negotiations with Laird a few days ago. Nikkan Sports 12/20/2018, Sponichi 12/20/2018, Sports Hochi 12/20/2018 … [11/25] The Fighters are expecting negotiations with Laird to take some time. They might take him off their list of reserved players, but that does not mean negotiations have ended. Sponichi 11/25/2018, Sanspo 11/25/2018 … [11/06] Negotiations might take a while because Laird is reportedly interested in hearing offers from other teams. Sports Hochi 11/6/2018 … [10/18] Laird is apparently open to the idea of ending his career with the Fighters. Sponichi 10/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2018 … [10/16] Laird is in the final year of a two-year contract. He likes playing for the Fighters and would like to return next year. The Fighters are planning to offer him a contract for 2019. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018  

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