[11/13/2018] Po-Jung Wang reaches agreement with Nippon Ham Fighters

Twenty-five-year-old Po-Jung Wang updates from various sources:

November 13, 2018

  • is looking to play overseas through the posting system
    • prefers to play for a team in Japan
    • no offers as of 11/13 @ 5:30am
  • open to playing in Japan until retirement
  • a number of NPB teams are said to be interested, including Seibu and Rakuten
  • made an estimated twenty-four million yen this season
  • slash lines
    • 2015 – .324/.377/.640 (29 games, 36-for-111)
    • 2016 – .414/.476/.689 (116 games, 200-for-483)
    • 2017 – .407/.491/.700 (115 games, 178-for-437)
    • 2018 – .351/.446/.547 (118 games, 159-for-453)

Source: Sports Hochi 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018

[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:43am]

Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters the Lions were not planning to make a move for Wang.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Sports Hochi 11/13/2018

[UPDATE 11/14 @ 1:02pm]

According to ZakZak, it might cost any team interested in Wang 100 million yen in posting fees and over 200 million yen a year in salary.

Source: ZakZak 11/14/2018

[UPDATE 11/21 @ 12:30am]

The Nippon Ham Fighters have apparently won rights to negotiate with Wang. They will have thirty days to work out an agreement.

Source: Lamigo 11/20/2018, Sports Hochi 11/20/2018, Daily Sports 11/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/20/2018

[UPDATE 11/30 @ 2:35pm]

Negotiations between the Fighters and Wang are continuing to move forward. The two sides might be able to reach an agreement in early December.

Source: Sponichi 11/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2018

[UPDATE 12/3 @ 11:14pm]

The Fighters are reportedly close to reaching an agreement with Wang. They could finalize a formal agreement some time this week.

Source: Daily Sports 12/3/2018

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 2:20pm]

According to media reports from Taiwan, the Fighters could be close to finalizing a four-year deal worth an estimate 500 million yen with Wang. A press conference is scheduled for December 19.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/7/2018, Sports Hochi 12/7/2018

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:05pm]

The Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with Wang. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, Sports Hochi 12/7/2018, Daily Sports 12/7/2018

[UPDATE 12/8 @ 2:31pm]

Sponichi and Nikkan Sports are reporting that the two side agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated 400 million yen in total, plus incentives. The Fighters will hold a press conference for Wang in Taiwan on December 19 and at Sapporo Dome on December 21.

Source: Sponichi 12/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2018

Source: Sponichi 12/8/2018

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