NPB Foreign Player Status for 2017

Name Team Status
Balentien, Wladimir Yakult The Swallows’ offer might be around 400 million yen. Source: ZakZak 11/16/2016 … The Swallows have made Balentien an offer and are waiting to hear back from him. They are also considering the possibility of a multi-year deal. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2016 … Orix is looking into Balentien in case his discussions with the Swallows fall through. Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2016 … Softbank will probably keep an eye on what happens with Balentien. They are in the market for a power bat and he might be a good fit for a PL team. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2016 … Chunichi Manager Shigekazu Mori is not interested in Balentien. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2016 … Balentien left Japan out of Narita Airport on October 3. Before leaving, he told reporters he preferred to stay with the Swallows. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/3/2016, Daily Sports 10/3/2016 … Balentien would like to stay, but Yakult might not offer him an extension. Concerns about his defense and erratic hitting. He is also a little pricey. If he becomes available, he could become an interesting DH option for a PL team. Source: Daily Sports 9/20/2016, Sports Hochi 9/20/2016 … Other teams that could be interested: Hanshin (Sports Hochi 9/21/2106)
Davies, Kyle Yakult The Swallows announced hat Davies returned to Japan on September 26. They have not yet made a final decision on him. Source: Sanspo 9/27/2016 … Not expected to return next season. Source: Sports Hochi 9/20/2016
Ha, Jae-hoon  Yakult Ha would like to play in Japan next year. The Swallows are still undecided. Source: Sponichi 10/11/2016
Lueke, Josh Yakult Will most likely be offered an extension. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2016Sponichi 9/16/2016, Sanspo 9/16/2016
Perez, Luis Yakult Not expected to return next season. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2016, Sports Hochi 9/20/2016
Ondrusek, Logan Former Yakult If Ondrusek wants another chance to play in Japan, Orix might be interested. Source: Sports Hochi 9/25/2016
Dolis, Rafael Hanshin Dolis had surgery on his right elbow in October. The Tigers decided not to offer him a new contract for the 2017 season because there are no guarantees he will be 100 percent healthy. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2016 … Hanshin will explore the market and then decide what to do with Dolis. Source: Sponichi 10/2/2016
Gomez, Mauro Hanshin The Tigers have told Gomez’s agent that they will make a decision by mid-November. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2016 … The Chiba Lotte Marines are interested in Gomez. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2016 … The Tigers are exploring other options and might pass on Gomez. Source: Sanspo 11/10/2016 … The Buffaloes might be interested in Gomez. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2016 … Gomez reached out to Assistant Batting Coach Thomas O’Malley about wanting to stay. Source: Sanspo 10/7/2016 … If Gomez is willing to accept a salary reduction, he will have a good chance at getting an extension. Source: ZakZak 10/5/2016 … There is a chance the Tigers might offer Gomez a contract with a salary reduction. The contract might also be heavier on the performance bonuses. Source: Sports Hochi 10/4/2016 … Gomez left Japan out of Kansai International Airport on October 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2016 … Hanshin will explore the market and then decide what to do with Gomez. Source: Sponichi 10/2/2016 … The Tigers will use the remaining games to help determine whether or not to offer an extension. Source: Sanspo 9/22/2016
Hague, Matt Hanshin Hague is not expected to return in 2017. Source: Sponichi 10/2/2016
Mateo, Marcos Hanshin The Tigers are planning to offer Mateo a contract. They are going to check the overseas market for a closer and use Mateo as insurance. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2016 … Mateo left Japan out of Kansai International Airport on October 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2016 … The Tigers are planning to offer Mateo an extension. Source: Sponichi 9/27/2016 … The Tigers will use the remaining games to help determine whether or not to offer an extension. Source: Sanspo 9/22/2016
Messenger, Randy Hanshin Messenger’s agent, Matt Sosnick, told Sanspo that his client has no interest playing for other teams in Japan and that negotiations with Hanshin were in the final stages. An announcement could be coming soon. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2016 … The Tigers will most likely offer Messenger another multi-year deal. Source: ZakZak 10/5/2016 … Messenger returned to the United States out of Kansai International Airport on October 2. Before leaving, he told reporters he wanted to pitch deeper into games and put up better numbers next year. Source: Sports Hochi 10/2/2016
Perez, Nelson Hanshin Perez is not expected to return in 2017. Source: Sanpso 9/30/2016 … The Tigers announced on September 29 that Perez returned to the Dominican Republic because there are no plans for him to play in any more games this year. Source: Daily Sports 9/29/2016
Satterwhite, Cody Hanshin Satterwhite left Japan out of Kansai International Airport on October 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2016 … The Tigers are discussing the possibility of an extension. Source: Sponichi 9/27/2016 … The Tigers will use the remaining games to help determine whether or not to offer an extension. Source: Sanspo 9/22/2016
Hernandez, Anderson Chunichi The Dragons are not planning to offer Hernandez a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/28/2016 … Chunichi may have an option for 2017. Source: Sports Hochi 9/29/2016 … The Dragons announced that Hernandez will be leaving for the Dominican Republic. Source: Sanspo 9/29/2016 … Nothing has been decided yet. Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2016
Jaime, Juan Chunichi The Dragons are not planning to offer Jaime a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/28/2016 … Chunichi may wait to make a decision on Jaime until they have seen him play winter ball in the Dominican Republic. Source: Sports Hochi 9/30/2016 … The Dragons announced that Jaime will be leaving for the Dominican Republic. Source: Sanspo 9/29/2016
Nanita, Ricardo Chunichi The Dragons are not planning to offer Nanita a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/28/2016 … Nothing has been decided yet. Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2016
Naylor, Drew Chunichi The Dragons are not planning to offer Naylor a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/28/2016 … Naylor left for Australia out of Chubu International Airport on October 12. He struggled with right shoulder pain this season, but does not need surgery. He plans to rest his shoulder for about two weeks. His top priority is get healthy, but is also hoping to make Australia’s WBC team. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2016 … Naylor is not expected to return next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2016Sports Hochi 10/5/2016
Norberto, Jordan Chunichi The Dragons are still in the process of determining whether or not to offer Valdes a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/28/2016 … Norberto may not return next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2016 … The Dragons will most likely offer Norberto an extension. Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2016
Septimo, Leyson Chunichi The Dragons are not planning to offer Septimo a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/28/2016 … Septimo is not expected to return next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2016
Valdes, Raul Chunichi The Dragons are still in the process of determining whether or not to offer Valdes a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/28/2016 … Valdes returned to the Dominican Republic on September 27. Source: Daily Sports 9/27/2016 … The Dragons will most likely offer him an extension. He is planning to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic. Source: Sponichi 9/27/2016Sports Hochi 9/27/2016 … Valdes would like to stay. The Dragons may offer him an extension.  Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2016
Viciedo, Dayan Chunichi Before leaving Japan, Viciedo told reporters that he is open to playing anywhere, depending on what is being offered. Source: Sports Hochi 10/1/2016 … The Dragons announced that Viciedo will be leaving for the United States. Source: Sanspo 9/29/2016 … Viciedo is slated to return in 2017. Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2016
Broadway, Mike Yokohama Yokohama officially announced that they are not going to offer Broadway a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Yokohama announcement … Broadway returned to the United States on September 30. The Bay Stars are undecided on him. Source: Sanspo 10/1/2016
Herrera, Elian Yokohama Yokohama officially announced that they are going to offer Herrera a new contract for the 2017 season. more information
Herrera, Yoslan Yokohama Yokohama officially announced that they are not going to offer Herrera a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Yokohama announcement
Lopez, Jose Yokohama Lopez left Japan out of Haneda Airport on October 17. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2016 … Signed Lopez to contract for 2017 season. Source: Yokohama announcement, more information
Moscoso, Guillermo Yokohama Moscoso left Japan out of Haneda Airport on October 18. He finished off the the final year of a two-year deal. He would like to return to Yokohama next year. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2016, Sports Hochi 10/18/2016, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2016
Romak, Jamie Yokohama Yokohama officially announced that they are not going to offer Romak a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Yokohama announcement … Romak returned to Canada on October 1. Source: Sanspo 10/2/2016
Delabar, Steve Hiroshima The media learned on November 21 that Hiroshima is not planning to offer Delabar a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2016 … The Carp announced on October 31 that Delabar will be returning home within the next few days. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2016 … Hiroshima will likely compare Delabar with other alternatives on the international market. Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2016
Eldred, Brad Hiroshima Eldred left Hiroshima on November 6. He is interested in returning to the Carp next year. Source: Daily Sports 11/7/2016 … The media learned on October 30 that the Carp asked Eldred to stay. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2016 … Whether Eldred returns next year could depend on discussions. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2016 … Hiroshima is planning to offer Eldred a contract for 2017. Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2016 … Eldred is interested in returning next year. Source: Daily Sports 9/29/2016
Hagens, Bradin Hiroshima Hagens returned to the United States on October 30. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2016 … Hiroshima is planning to offer Hagens a contract for 2017. Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2016
Jackson, Jay Hiroshima Jackson returned to the United States on November 6. Hiroshima holds an option on 2017 and will most likely exercise it. Source: Daily Sports 11/7/2016 … Hiroshima is planning to offer Jackson a contract for 2017. Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2016
Johnson, Kris Hiroshima Johnson signed a three-year deal. more information
Luna, Hector Hiroshima Whether Luna returns next year could depend on discussions. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2016 … Hiroshima probably will not offer Luna a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2016
Pridie, Jason Hiroshima Hiroshima is not expected to offer Pridie an extension. Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2016, Daily Sports 9/27/2016
Abreu, Abner Yomiuri Abreu left Japan on October 1. Source: Sanspo 10/2/2016 … Giants not planning to offer extension. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2016
Anderson, Leslie Yomiuri Anderson is interested in playing in Japan again next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2016 … Anderson left Japan out of Narita Airport on October 12. He had left elbow surgery in February and later hurt his right ankle. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2016 … Anderson is not expected to return next year. Source: Sponichi 10/11/2016
Cruz, Luis Yomiuri Cruz left Japan out of Haneda Airport on October 12. He will be in the second year of a two-year contact next season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2016
Garcia, Gabriel Yomiuri Garcia left Japan on October 1. Source: Sanspo 10/2/2016 … Giants not planning to offer extension. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2016
Jones, Garrett Yomiuri Jones left Japan out of Narita Airport on October 11. Staying with Yomiuri is an option. The Giants will most likely ask him to return. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2016, Sponichi 10/11/2016
Mathieson, Scott Yomiuri Mathieson left Japan out of Narita Airport on October 11. He would like to return to Yomiuri next year and then try for the Majors again the year after that. The Giants will most likely ask him to return. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2016, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2016, Sponichi 10/11/2016
Mendoza, Hector Yomiuri Giants not planning to offer extension. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2016
Mikolas, Miles Yomiuri Mikolas and his wife left for the United States out of Narita Airport on October 11. He insterested in returning to the Majors at some point. He will most likely return next year. His told reporters his wife was pregnant. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/11/2016
Perez, Carlos Yomiuri Giants not planning to offer extension. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2016
Poreda, Aaron Yomiuri The Giants have not made a decision Poreda yet. Source: Sponichi 10/11/2016 … Poreda returned home on October 1. Source: Sanspo 10/2/2016
Herrera, Elian Yokohama Herrera left Japan out of Narita Airport on October 16. He would like to stay, but the Bay Stars are undecided. Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2016
Petrick, Zach Yokohama Petrick left Japan out of Narita Airport on October 16. He would like to stay, but the Bay Stars are undecided. Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2016
Zagurski, Mike Yokohama Zagurski left Japan out of Narita Airport on October 16. He would like to stay, but the Bay Stars are undecided. Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2016
Bass, Anthony Nippon Ham Bass returned to the United States on October 31. He is uncertain about 2017. He is leaving the US open as an option. Source: Sports Hochi 11/1/2016, Sponichi 11/1/2016 … The Fighters will probably offer Bass a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2016
Laird, Brandon Nippon Ham Laird took the train from Hokkaido to Tokyo because his dog has trouble dealing with air pressure. He is preparing for his trip back to the United States. He is hoping to lose two to three kilograms over the winter. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2016 … Laird agreed to a two-year deal that could be worth up to 600 million yen. YakyuDB … Nippon Ham could offer a two-year deal worth a total 500 million yen. Source: Sponichi 9/29/2016 … If he somehow becomes available, Hanshin might be interested. He could be a perfect fit. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/21/2016
Martin, Chris Nippon Ham The Fighters announced on October 19 that Martin returned to the United States. He is not expected to pitch during the Nippon Series since he aggravated his left ankle. Source: Sanspo 10/19/2016 … Martin is expected to return since he has a second year on his contract. Source: Sports Hochi 9/29/2016
Mendoza, Luis Nippon Ham Mendoza returned to Mexico on October 31. Source: Sports Hochi 11/1/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/1/2016 … Mendoza will be in the second year of a two-year deal next year. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2016 … Nippon Ham could offer a contract extension. Source: Sports Hochi 9/29/2016
Blanco, Tony Orix Blanco left Japan out of Osaka Airport on October 4. Before leaving, he jokingly told reporters the Buffaloes probably did not want to see him after the two years he had and that they might hire snipers to get him if he signs with another team. Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2016 … Blanco still wants to play. He is open to playing in Japan, Korea, and the United States. He is planning to play winter ball in the Doimincan Republic. He may also consider retirement, but right now his legs are feeling fine. He is planning to get a physical just to make sure. Source: Sponichi 9/26/2016
Bogusevic, Brian Orix Bogusevic returned to the United States on October 6. He is not expected to return to Orix next year. He is open to playing for another team in Japan. Source: Sanspo 10/7/2016
Dickson, Brandon Orix Dickson returned home out of Kansai Airport on October 4. He will be in the second year of a two-year deal next season. Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2016
Morel, Brent Orix Morel reached an agreement with the Buffaloes for the 2017 season. more information … Morel would like to return next year. He likes Japan. Source: Sports Hochi 10/4/2016 … Sides are discussing an extension. Might be a drop by as much as fifty million yen. Morel is open to playing for Orix again next year. Source: Sponichi 9/16/2016
Kuo, Chun-Lin Seibu Seibu is expected to offer an extension. Source: Daily Sports 9/22/2016
Lee, Chen-Chang Seibu Seibu announced that they placed Paulino on waivers. more information … Seibu is not expected to offer an extension. Source: Daily Sports 9/22/2016
Mejia, Ernesto Seibu Mejia returned to Venezuela on September 29. Source: Sanspo 9/30/2016
Paulino, Felipe Seibu Seibu announced that they placed Paulino on waivers. more information … Seibu has not made a decision on Paulino. Source: Daily Sports 9/22/2016
Vasquez, Esmerling Seibu Seibu announced that they placed Paulino on waivers. more information … The Lions announced that Vasquez will return to the United States on October 3. Source: Sanspo 10/2/2016 … Seibu is not expected to offer an extension. Source: Daily Sports 9/22/2016
Wolfe, Brian Seibu Seibu would like Wolfe to return in 2017, but he has not yet made a decision. Source: Sanspo 9/28/2016 … Seibu is expected to offer an extension. Source: Daily Sports 9/22/2016
Amador, Japhet Rakuten Amador returned to Mexico out of Narita Airport on October 6. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2016, Sponichi 10/6/2016 … Rakuten is planning to offer a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Daily Sports 9/25/2016Sponichi 9/17/2016Sanspo 9/16/2016
Mickolio, Kam Rakuten Mickolio 100 percent wants to play for Rakuten next year. Source: Sponichi 10/9/2016 … Mickolio left for the United States out of Narita Airport on October 8. Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2016 … Rakuten is discussing an extension with Mickolio. He could return next season. Source: Sanspo 10/6/2016
Peguero, Carlos Rakuten Rakuten is planning to offer a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Daily Sports 9/25/2016Sponichi 9/17/2016Sanspo 9/16/2016
Perez, Felix Rakuten Rakuten is planning to offer a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Daily Sports 9/25/2016Sponichi 9/17/2016
Wheeler, Zelous Rakuten Wheeler left Sendai for the United States on October 7. The Eagles could like him to return next year. Source: Sanspo 10/7/2016 … Rakuten is planning to offer a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Daily Sports 9/25/2016Sponichi 9/17/2016Sanspo 9/16/2016
McGehee, Casey Former Rakuten Lotte and Hanshin are interested in McGehee. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2016
Dae-Eun, Rhee Lotte Rhee returned to Korea on October 4. He is not scheduled to participate in the Climax Series. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2016 … Rhee will not be available because he will be serving military time in South Korea. Source: Sanspo 9/23/2016
Despaigne, Alfredo Lotte Cuba has told Lotte that they have received inquiries about Despaigne from other NPB teams. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2016 … Despaigne left Japan out of Haneda Airport on October 14. He once again told the media he wanted to play for Lotte. He also said told the media that the decision was not his. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2016, Sponichi 10/14/2016 … Softbank is interested. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2016 … Signing Despaigne is one of Lotte’s top priority. Source: Sports Hochi 10/10/2016 … As of September 22, Despaigne has not yet heard from Lotte. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2016 … Despaigne is in the final year of a two-year deal. He is interested in continuing to play for the Marines. Lotte will have to negotiate with Cuba. Source: Sponichi 9/23/2016 … The Marines are expected to offer him an extension. Source: Sanspo 9/23/2016
Navarro, Yamaico Lotte Lotte announced that they will not offer Navarro a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Lotte announcement 11/17 … The Marines have not necessarily ruled Navarro out, so much as they are not sure if he will still be available after they check other options. There are rumors he might return to the KBO. Source: Sanspo 11/5/2016 … The Marines are exploring other options. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2016 … Navarro left Japan out of Narita Airport on October 11. He is going to spend about ten days in New York with his family. He is planning to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic. Source: Sports Hochi 10/11/2016 … Navarro wants to play for Lotte next year. Source: Sponichi 10/10/2016 … The Marines are expected to offer him an extension. Source: Sanspo 9/23/2016
Standridge, Jason Lotte Standridge told the media after Lotte was eliminated from the First Stage that he was half-and-half about retirement. Before leaving Japan out of Narita Airport on October 15, he told reporters that he was still interested in playing. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2016 … The Marines are expected to offer him an extension. Source: Sanspo 9/23/2016
Chen, Kuan-Yu Lotte The Marines are expected to offer him an extension. Source: Sanspo 9/23/2016
Barrios, Edison Softbank Softbank announced they were not going to offer Canizares a contract for 2017. Source: Softbank … According to Nikkan Sports, the Hawks will probably pass on Barrios. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2016 … The Hawks are planning to offer Barrios a new contract. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2016
Canizares, Barbaro Softbank Softbank announced they were not going to offer Canizares a contract for 2017. Source: Softbank … Canizares left Japan out of Narita Airport on October 18. He would like to play for Softbank, but is open to signing with other teams. He will accept offers from Japan, Korea, and the United States. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2016 … Canizares is not expected to return next year. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2016
Suarez, Robert Softbank Suarez left for Mexico out of Fukuoka Airport, via Narita Airport, on October 23. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/2016 … The Hawks are planning to offer Suarez a new contract. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2016
Lee, Dae-Ho Former Softbank The Korean media is reporting that Lee wants to play every day and has not ruled out the possibility of signing with a team outside of the MLB. Source: Sponichi 11/14/2016 … The Chiba Lotte Marines are interested in Lee, especially if they lose Despaigne. Rakuten is also said to be interested. Source: Sponichi 11/8/2016 … Softbank will most likely keep an eye on Lee since they are in the market for a power bat. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2016
van den Hurk, Rick Softbank van den Hurk left Japan out of Fukuoka Airport on October 24. He will be flying back to the Netherlands via Singapore. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2016

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