[9/18/2017] Kuan-Yu Chen expected to remain with Lotte

Twenty-six-year-old Kuan-Yu Chen is expected to remain with the Chiba Lotte Marines. The Marines are planning to offer him a contract because they are satisfied with his performance since he joined the team as a tryout player before the 2015 season. They also like that he can handle starting and relieving. Chen is said to be interested in staying with the team.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2017, Sponichi 9/18/2017


[9/18/2017] David Buchanan to remain with the Yakult Swallows

According to a report by Sports Hochi, the Yakult Swallows may have finalized a multi-year deal (two or more years) with David Buchanan, worth around 1.5 million US dollars a year, up from the estimated 750,000 US dollars he made this year.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/18/2017


[9/18/2017] Masahiro Araki planning to remain active in 2018

Masahiro Araki has reportedly decided to remain active next year. The Chunichi Dragons will most likely support his decision. Assuming he does play for the team next year, he will establish a new record for a Chunichi position player lifer with a career spanning twenty-three years. Araki is currently tied with Kazuyoshi Tatsunami at twenty-two years.

Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2017

[UPDATE 9/19 @ 6:33pm]

Tokyo Sports is now also carrying a report that Araki wants to continue playing next year.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/19/2017


[9/18/2017] Lotte to play three games against Chinese Taipei in November

The media learned on November 17 that the Chiba Lotte Marines are slated to play three practice games against the Chinese Taipei national team in November. Fall camp will begin on November 1 in Kamogawa, Chiba. The team will then head to Taiwan on November 9 and play three games against Chinese Taipei at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium between November 10 and 12. An official announcement is expected shortly.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2017

[UPDATE 9/18 @ 9:20pm]

The Marines made an official announcement about the three games today.

  • November 10 (Fri) at 18:35
  • November 11 (Sat) at 17:05
  • November 12 (Sun) at 17:05

Source: Lotte 9/18/2017


[9/18/2017] Dennis Sarfate to get a few days of rest

According to Sponichi, the Softbank Hawks are planning to give Dennis Starfate a few days of much-deserved rest. He is expected to return to the team in time for their game against Rakuten at YafuOku Dome on September 23.

Source: Sponichi 9/18/2017


[9/17/2017] Livan Moinelo expected to return to Softbank next year

The Softbank Hawks are planning to sign twenty-one-year-old Livan Moinelo to a contract next year. They hold an option and could also offer him a multi-year deal of three or more years. With Robert Suarez slated to make a return from right elbow surgery in 2018, the Hawks could use Moinelo as a starting pitcher.

Source: Sponichi 9/17/2017


[9/17/2017] Softbank open to offering Matsuzaka a new contract

Thirty-seven-year-old Daisuke Matsuzaka is in the final year of a three-year contract. According to Nikkan Sports, he is still interested in playing next year. The Softbank Hawks have yet to speak to him about 2018 and beyond, but appear to be open to offering him another contract if he wants to continue playing. They will most likely approach him before the end of the season.

Matsuzaka is currently working his way back from right shoulder problems.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2017, Sponichi 9/17/2017, Sports Hochi 9/17/2017


[9/17/2017] Hanshin Tigers could offer Tomoaki Kanemoto multi-year deal

Forty-nine-year-old Tomoaki Kanemoto is in he final year of a two-year deal. The media learned on September 16 that the Hanshin Tigers might be getting ready to offer their manager a three-year extension. Tigers’ Owner Shinya Sakai has faith in Kanemoto’s ability to manage and develop players.

Formal negotiations are expected to take place at the end of the season.

Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2017


[9/17/2017] Schedule Changes

The following additions were made to the Central League schedule.

  • September 27 – Yakult Swallows vs Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium – 18:00 (September 17 rain out)

Source: Hiroshima 9/17/2017


[9/16/2017] Keisuke Kano planning to retire

According to a report by Daily Sports, thirty-four-year-old Keisuke Kano is planning to retire after the season. Kano felt it was time to hang up his uniform based on how things have gone this year and spoke to Tomoaki Kanemoto about his decision earlier this month on September 7. An announcement will be made soon and a press conference will be held some time early next week.

Kano started the season thinking that this might be his last. He made the opening day roster, but was sent down to Ni-gun on April 5 to make room for Takumi Akiyama. He gave himself until the end of July to return to the active roster, but he did not get the call until August 26. He was against sent back to Ni-gun on September 4.

The Hanshin Tigers are planning to hold a retirement game for Kano at Ni-gun on September 27 (vs Hiroshima).

Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2017

[UPDATE 9/18 @ 4:12pm]

The Tigers held a press conference for Kano at their offices in Nishinomiya earlier today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2017, Daily Sports 9/18/2017, Sponichi 9/18/2017