Category: NPB

YOM

[12/6/2018] Shun Yamaguchi agrees to two-year extension

Shun Yamaguchi agreed to a new two-year contract extension (he was in the final year of a two-year deal this season). According to media reports, his salary will be an estimated 230 million yen next year (no change over this season). He was also assigned a new uniform number: from 42 to 11.

Source: Yomiuri 12/6/2018, Sanspo 12/6/2018, Daily Sports 12/6/2018, Sponichi 12/6/2018

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YOM

[12/6/2018] Yomiuri Giants reach agreement with Hisashi Iwakuma

The Yomiuri Giants announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-seven-year-old Hisashi Iwakuma. A formal agreement, followed by a press conference, will be made on a later date.

Source: Sponichi 12/6/2018, Daily Sports 12/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/6/2018, Sanspo 12/7/2018

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LOT

[12/6/2018] Chiba Lotte Marines sign veteran Toru Hosokawa

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-eight-year-old Toru Hosokawa. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to various media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifteen million yen.

Source: Lotte 12/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018, Sponichi 12/6/2018

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HAM

[12/6/2018] Haruki Nishikawa signs two-year contract

Twenty-six-year-old Haruki Nishikawa signed a new contract with the Nippon Ham Fighters. He agreed to a two-year deal worth an estimated 400 million yen in total. Nishikawa led the Pacific League in stolen bases for the second year in a row (third overall) and picked up his second Golden Glove in as many years.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/5/2018, Sponichi 12/5/2018, Daily Sports 12/5/2018, Sanspo 12/5/2018

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RAK

[12/6/2018] Rakuten Eagles to add Jabari Blash

The Rakuten Eagles are close to adding twenty-nine-year-old Jabari Blash. Team official Hiroshi Abei told reporters on December 5 that they were still doing the paperwork and that a formal announcement could be made as early as December 7.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018, Sponichi 12/6/2018

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:11pm]

The Eagles announced that they reached an agreement with Blash. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to Daily Sports, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 120 million yen.

Source: Rakuten 12/7/2018, Sports Hochi 12/7/2018, Daily Sports 12/7/2018

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HAM

[12/6/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Justin Hancock

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Justin Hancock. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated seventy million yen.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/5/2018, Sanspo 12/5/2018, Daily Sports 12/5/2018, Sports Hochi 12/5/2018, Sponichi 12/5/2018, Sponichi 12/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/5/2018

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RAK

[12/6/2018] Rakuten Eagles to play two exhibition games against Lamigo Monkeys

The Rakuten Eagles announced that they are going to play two exhibition games against the CPBL Lamigo Monkeys next year in February/March.

Schedule

  • February 26 (Tue) – Arrive in Taiwan
  • February 27 (Wed) – Practice at Tianmu Baseball Stadium
  • February 28 (Thu) – vs Lamigo at Tianmu Baseball Stadium, 17:00 start time
  • March 1 (Fri) – vs Lamigo at Tianmu Baseball Stadium, 14:00 start time
  • March 2 (Sat) – return to Japan

Source: Rakuten 12/5/2018

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HAM

[12/5/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Chihiro Kaneko

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with Chihiro Kaneko. The Fighters could hold a press conference for Kaneko when he visits Sapporo next week to finalize their agreement.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/4/2018, Daily Sports 12/4/2018, Sports Hochi 12/4/2018, Sponichi 12/4/2018, Sponichi 12/4/2018, Sponichi 12/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2018, Sanspo 12/5/2018

[UPDATE 12/11 @ 6:11pm PST]

The Fighters held a press conference for Kaneko on December 10. He was assigned the uniform number 19. According to media reports, he agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 150 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/10/2018Daily Sports 12/10/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2018, Sponichi 12/10/2018

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RAK

[12/5/2018] Rakuten Eagles uniform number assignments

The Rakuten Eagles announced the following uniform numbers assignments:

  • Takero Okajima = 4 → 27
  • Itaru Hashimoto = 49

Source: Rakuten 12/4/2018

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HIR

[12/4/2018] Hiroshima Carp reach agreement with Casey Lawrence

The Hiroshima Carp announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old Casey Lawrence. He was assigned the uniform number 70. According to Daily Sports and Nikkan Sports, Lawrence agreed to a salary worth an estimated 520,000 US dollars plus incentives and a signing bonus worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars.

Source: Hiroshima 12/4/2018, Daily Sports 12/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/4/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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