[11/30/2018] Yoshihiro Maru planning to sign with the Yomiuri Giants

According to numerous media reports, Yoshiharu Maru is planning to sign with the Yomiuri Giants. An official announcement could be made some time today.

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

[UPDATE 11/30 @ 3:21pm]

Maru spoke to media at Mazda Stadium today and told them he decided to sign with the Giants. He made the decision last night and contacted Tatsunori Hara this morning. He also contacted Tadahito Iguchi to turn down Lotte’s offer (his agent contact Lotte officials).

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

[UPDATE 12/1 @ 2:07am]

The Giants have offered Maru the uniform numbers 8 and 24.

Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2018

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