Takayuki Kishi has not mentioned anything to the media, but there is a chance he could exercise his option. He does enjoy playing for the Seibu Lions, but is also interested in finding out what kind of value he has on the free agent market.
If Kishi decides to exercise his option, a number of teams will most likely be interested, beginning with the Rakuten Eagles. The Eagles could have a slight advantage over other teams (not including Seibu) since they are located close to his home town in Sendai.
The Lions may have already approached Kishi with a multi-year extension.
[UPDATE @ 11:42pm]
Kishi has an international FA option and may have some interest in playing in the Majors.
Source: Sanspo 9/27/2016
[UPDATE 9/28 @ 2:09pm]
The Rakuten Eagles are very interested in Kishi and could offer him a sizable multi-year deal, if he decides to test the free agent market. Their offer could be bigger than his current deal with the Seibu Lions (three years, 1.2 billion yen).
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/28/2016
[UPDATE 9/29 @ 1:30pm]
The Lions may have offered Kishi a two-year deal worth around 500 million yen. They could keep their offer on the table even if he decides to exercise his option (something they usually do not do).
Source: Sports Hochi 9/29/2016
[UPDATE 10/12 @ 6:57am]
It might be down to two options for Kishi: return to Miyagi (Rakuten) or stay in Tokorozawa (Seibu). There are several problems with either option. Kishi has struggled with injuries the last few years and may be concerned about the cold weather in Miyagi. The Lions spent a lot on Ernesto Mejia and might not have quite as much left to spend on Kishi.
Heading overseas is also an option, but there might not be a lot of interest because of his injuries.
Source: ZakZak 10/11/2016
[UPDATE 10/30 @ 7:03pm]
Kishi is strongly considering exercising his free agent option. He may have already told the Lions about his desire to test the market. He is probably not interested in the international market.
[UPDATE 11/1 @ 5:06pm]
The Lions still have one last final meeting with Kishi. They plan to wait for a good reply, even if he decides to exercise his free agent option. They are not planning to make changes to their offer since they believe it is solid.
Source: Sponichi 11/1/2016
[UPDATE 11/2 @ 4:00pm]
Kishi told the media after practices at Seibu Prince Dome today that he wanted to test the free agent market. He is not necessarily looking to leave the team, but might if he gets a better offer.
Rakuten Eagles Vice Chairperson Senichi Hoshino seems ready to jump into negotiations as soon as Kishi officially becomes a free agent.
[UPDATE 11/3 @ 12:19pm]
The Seibu Lions are not planning to get into a bidding war to keep Kishi. They feel they offered him a fair deal.
Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2016
The Rakuten Eagles might be preparing the uniform number 11 and a four-year deal that could be worth as much as 1.6 billion yen (total would include incentives and bonuses). The Seibu Lions’ offer is believed to about about 1.0 billion yen over four years.
Source: Sports Hochi 11/3/2016
[UPDATE 11/3 @ 10:00pm]
The Lions may have offered Kishi up to four years at about one billion yen (total).
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2016
[UPDATE 11/3 @ 10:30pm]
The Eagles might offer Kishi a three-year deal worth over 1.2 billion yen and the uniform number 11.
The Lions may have first offered a two-year deal. Their last offer may have been four years.0 Comments
Shinnosuke Shigenobu hurt his right knee when he crashed into a fence while chasing down a ball in foul territory during a Ni-gun game against Lotte at Giants Stadium on September 25. He remained in the game until the end, but was seen leaving the stadium with crutches after the game.
Source: Sanspo 9/26/20160 Comments
September 24 at Awaji Sano Daiichi Baseball Stadium – 13:00
WP: Ayami Sato (16 G, 10-4)
LP: Yukari Isozaki (17 G, 7-8)
Game Time: 1h58m
September 25 at Awaji Sano Daiichi Baseball Stadium – 13:00
WP: Mika Miyahara (20 G, 4-5)
LP: Shiho Murata (18 G, 3-2)
Game Time: 2h01m
According to Sports Hochi, the Chunichi Dragons have selected Michihiro Ogasawara to be their next manager. They could make an official announcement on September 29.
Source: Sports Hochi 9/26/2016
[UPDATE 9/27 @ 9:42pm]
Sports Hochi is also reporting that Interim Manager Shigekazu Mori will keep his job as head coach next year because of his experience and because of his knowledge of the team. He is also expected to continue his scouting trips to the Dominican Republic.
Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/20160 Comments
Samurai Japan revealed the coaching staff for the U23 team today.
The twenty-four man roster that will be competing at the U23 Baseball World Cup in Mexico later this year (October 28 – November 6) will be released in early-October. The team will be made up of pro and amateur players.
Source: Sponichi 9/26/20160 Comments
Ayumu Ishikawa was taken off the active roster today because he is not scheduled to pitch again during the regular season. He will instead begin preparations for the Climax Series.
The coaching staff was planning to give Ishikawa another staff for a shot at tying Softbank’s Tsuyoshi Wada for the lead in wins, but he opted for extra rest and preparation time.0 Comments
Yuki Yanagita (right ring finger) worked out at the Chikugo facilities on September 26. He hit about fifteen baseballs and told reporters that he still felt some pain when he swung the bat at full strength.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/26/20160 Comments
The Yakult Swallows announced today that thirty-two-year-old Ryosuke Morioka will be retiring.
Morioka was selected by the Chunichi Dragons in the first round of the 2002 draft. He was released in 2008 and picked up by Yakult after attending a tryout. He was the Swallows’ player representative chairman in 2014 and 2015.
[UPDATE 9/27 @ 4:16pm]
The Swallows are planning to hold a retirement ceremony for Morioka on September 28 against Yokohama at Jingu Stadium.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2016
[UPDATE 9/29 @ 1:18am]
The Swallows tossed Morioka into the air ten times during his retirement celebration after Wednesday night’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.
Source: Sponichi 9/28/2016
[UPDATE 12/4 @ 11:34pm]
Morioka suddenly had a hard time throwing the ball in late-August. He even had difficulty playing a simple game of catch. It became one of the reasons why he decided to retire.
Source: Sponichi 12/4/20160 Comments
|Leading Hitter||.342*||井上 晴哉||Inoue, Seiya||Lotte|
|Most Home Runs||22||山川 穂高||Yamakawa, Hotaka||Seibu|
|Most RBI||74||岡本 和真||Okamoto, Kazuma||Yomiuri|
|Most Stolen Bases||38||山崎 晃大朗||Yamasaki, Kotaro||Yakult|
|Best OBP||.389||中川 大志||Nakagawa, Taishi||Rakuten|
|Best ERA||2.15||江柄子 裕樹||Egarashi, Yuki||Yomiuri|
|Most Wins||10||イ・デウン||Rhee, Dae-Eun||Lotte|
|Most Saves||17||金森敬之||Kanamori, Takayuki||Lotte|
|Best WPCT||.818||江柄子 裕樹||Egarashi, Yuki||Yomiuri|
* Inoue is forty-five plate appearances short of qualifying, but won the hitting title because he still would have had the highest average even if he went hitless in the forty-five plate appearances.
|Leading Hitter||.305||塚田 正義||Tsukada, Masayoshi||Softbank|
|Most Home Runs||14||陽川 尚将||Yokawa, Naomasa||Hanshin|
|Most RBI||62||陽川 尚将||Yokawa, Naomasa||Hanshin|
|Most Stolen Bases||23||釜元 豪||Kamamoto, Go||Softbank|
|Best OBP||.424||塚田 正義||Tsukada, Masayoshi||Softbank|
|Best ERA||1.49||山田 大樹||Yamada, Hiroki||Softbank|
|Most Wins||9||秋山 拓巳||Akiyama, Takumi||Hanshin|
|9||山田 大樹||Yamada, Hiroki||Softbank|
|9||笠原 大芽||Kasahara, Taiga||Softbank|
|Most Saves||11||祖父江 大輔||Sobue, Daisuke||Chunichi|
|11||嘉弥真 新也||Kayama, Shinya||Softbank|
|Best WPCT||.900||山田 大樹||Yamada, Hiroki||Softbank|
Yoshio Itoi and Hiroyuki Nakajima left Sunday’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine early.
Itoi left the game on defense in the fifth inning because of tightness in his right thigh. Nakajima left on defense in the sixth because of cramps in his left calf.
Source: Sanspo 9/25/20160 Comments