[11/20/2018] Hideto Asamura planning to sign with the Rakuten Eagles

Hideto Asamura has reportedly informed the Rakuten Eagles that he wants to make Sendai his new home. Asamura has also informed the Orix Buffaloes, Softbank Hawks, and Seibu Lions about his plans to sign with another team. The Eagles could make a formal announcement of a deal some time soon.

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

[UPDATE 11/21 @ 11:32am]

Timeline:

  • Seibu offer – four meetings, including November 19 (started at three years and 1.5 billion yen and went up to four years and 2.0 billion yen)
  • November 16 – Met Softbank (four years and around 2.8 billion yen)
  • November 18 – Met Rakuten (four years and over 2.0 billion yen)
  • November 19 – Turned down Orix before even one meeting (four years and between 1.6 and 2.0 billion yen)
  • November 20 – Turned down Softbank via e-mail
  • November 20 (evening) – Turned down Seibu (Asamura contacted the team directly)

Source: Sports Hochi 11/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2018, Sponichi 11/21/2018

[UPDATE 12/2 @ 7:03am]

The Eagles held a press conference for Asamura on December 1. He was assigned the uniform number 3. According to various media reports, Asamura agreed to a four-year deal worth an estimated 2.0 to 2.4 billion yen in total.

Source: Rakuten 12/1/2018, Daily Sports 12/1/2018, Sports Hochi 12/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/1/2018, Chunichi Sports 12/1/2018

Comment on "[11/20/2018] Hideto Asamura planning to sign with the Rakuten Eagles"

    • atacos

      That was very rude, not just the comment but the poor structure was worse. You could’ve used a semicolon instead of making a second sentence.

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