The Yakult Swallows announced that they finalized salaries and contracts for five foreign players.
(Salaries are estimates)0 Comments
Thirty-seven-year-old Kensuke Tanaka spoke to the media today after meeting the Nippon Ham Fighters to finalize his contract for the 2019 season and announced his plan to retire after the season. He told reporters that he decided to make the announcement early because he wanted to make it easier on everyone. The Fighters asked him to reconsider because he might feel differently later on, but his mind was set: there was a growing gap between what he thought he could do and what he could actually do.0 Comments
Twenty-nine-year-old Akira Nakamura spoke to reporters after contract negotiations with the Softbank Hawks on December 22. Nakamura agreed to an estimated 240 million yen next year (up 80 million over this season). He also signed a four-year contract with a variable salary (his salary can not go below 240 million yen but can increase, without limit, based on performance), ahead of the domestic free agent option he is slated to earn some time next season.0 Comments
Twenty-eight-year-old Ryosuke Kikuchi agreed to an estimated salary of 240 million yen in 2019 (up 50 million yen from this season). During a press conference on December 21, Kikuchi told reporters that he informed the Hiroshima Carp that he wanted to play in the Majors and hoped to be posted before he earns his international free agent option.
Kikuchi is slated to earn his domestic free agent option next year. Assuming no injuries, he should be on track to earn his international free agent option two years after that (some time in 2021).One Comment
Thirty-four-year-old Tomotaka Sakaguchi finalized to a new three-year contract with the Yakult Swallows on December 21. The contract does not have a set salary, which means it will fluctuate year to year. His salary in 2019 will be an estimated 140 million yen, up 40 million yen from this year.0 Comments
Shohei Otani won the top 2018 Japan Pro Sports award today.
Other baseball awards:
Outstanding Performance (殊勲賞)
Best Rookie of the Year (最高新人賞)
Rookie of the Year (新人賞)
The Orix Buffaloes and Hanshin Tigers announced that the Buffaloes selected twenty-four-year-old Daichi Takeyasu as part of their free agent compensation package for Yuki Nishi. The Tigers released the following comment from Takeyasu.
I’m surprised by this sudden development. The Tigers selected me in the draft even though I was hurt, so it pains me to leave like this, but I will refocus my efforts as a member of Orix and will do my best to become a pitcher that can make Orix fans happy.
[UPDATE 12/27 @ 10:29pm]
The Buffaloes announced that Takeyasu was assigned the uniform number 21.
Source: Orix 12/26/20180 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles announced the following changes:
Registered Position Change
Registered Name Change
Uniform Number Assignments
Source: Rakuten 12/20/20180 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced the following uniform numbers changes:
Source: Yomiuri 12/20/20180 Comments