Tag Archive: 2018 Player Movement

HAM

2018 Nippon Ham Fighters Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
中田翔 Sho Nakata [10/16] Nakata is not sure what he wants to do with his international free agent option. He may end up staying with the Fighters. Sanspo 10/16/2018, Daily Sports 10/16/2018
宮西尚生 Naoki Miyanishi [10/16] Miyanishi has not ruled out using his international free agent option. He wants to talk to the Fighters first before making any decisions. Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018
トンキン Michael Tonkin [10/16] Tonkin will be in the second year of a two-year contract next season. Daily Sports 10/16/2018
アルシア Oswaldo Arcia [10/16] The Fighters could offer Acria a contract for 2019, but it seems he might not return. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018
マルティネス Nick Martinez [10/16] Martinez is interested in returning next year. The Fighters are expected to make him an offer. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018
ロドリゲス Bryan Rodriguez [10/16] The Fighters are expected to offer Rodriguez a contract for 2019. Daily Sports 10/16/2018
レアード Brandon Laird [10/16] Laird is in the final year of a two-year contract. He likes playing for the Fighters and would like to return next year. The Fighters are planning to offer him a contract for 2019. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2018, Sanspo 10/16/2018
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LOT

2018 Chiba Lotte Marines Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
角中勝也 Katsuya Kakunaka [10/14] Kakunaka is planning to consider all his options, including the domestic free agent option he earned in September this year. Nikkan Sports 10/14/2018
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HIR

2018 Hiroshima Carp Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
丸佳浩 Yoshihiro Maru [10/13] Domestic free agent option. Lotte is interested and could offer a multi-year deal if Maru decides to use his option. One possibility is four years at around two billion yen. Maru is from Chiba and went to a high school in Chiba. Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018, Sanspo 10/13/2018, Sports Hochi 10/13/2018, Sponichi 10/13/2018
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YOK

2018 Yokohama Bay Stars Player Movement

 

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes official
STAY ロペス Jose Lopez [10/14] According to media reports, Lopez agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 230 million yen plus incentives. Daily Sports 10/14/2018 … [10/13] The Bay Stars announced that they reached an agreement with Lopez. … [10/10] The Bay Stars are planning to make Lopez an offer. Sponichi 10/10/2018, Sports Hochi 10/10/2018 10/13
STAY ソト Neftali Soto [10/14] Soto agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 95 million yen plus incentives. The contract also includes apparently includes a club option for a second year. Daily Sports 10/14/2018 … [10/13] Yokohama announced that they reached an agreement with Soto. … [10/10] The Bay Stars are planning to make Soto an offer. Sponichi 10/10/2018, Sports Hochi 10/10/2018 10/13
バリオス Edison Barrios [10/16] Barrios is interested in playing in Japan next year. He is still negotiating with the Bay Stars. Daily Sports 10/16/2018 … [10/10] Barrios could return to Yokohama next year. Sponichi 10/10/2018  
パットン Spencer Patton [10/12] Negotiations are underway. Patton told reporters he should have a better idea of where things are headed before the end of November. Sanspo 10/12/2018 … [10/10] Patton could return depending on negotiations. Sponichi 10/10/2018  
エスコバー Edwin Escobar [10/10] Escobar could return depending on negotiations. Sponichi 10/10/2018  
ウィーランド Joe Wieland [10/10] Wieland might not return next year. Sponichi 10/10/2018  
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SOF

2018 Softbank Hawks Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
和田毅 Tsuyoshi Wada [10/11] The Hawks are planning to make Wada an offer since they feel he still has the ability to help the team when healthy. Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 … [10/10] Thirty-seven-year-old Wada is in the final year of a three-year contract. He started the year at Ni-gun after he developed discomfort in his left shoulder during spring camp. The discomfort returned after he pitched in a Ni-gun game in May. He is not ready to retire and is hoping to toss a bullpen session before the end of the year. Sports Hochi 10/10/2018, Sponichi 10/10/2018, Daily Sports 10/10/2018, Sanspo 10/10/2018
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YAK

2018 Yakult Swallows Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
ハフ Dave Huff [10/16] Huff is interested in returning to the Swallows next year. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2018
ブキャナン David Buchanan [10/15] Buchanan will be in the second year of a two-year contract next season. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018
バレンティン Wladimir Balentien [10/15] Balentien would like to play for the Swallows for another two to three years. However, money is an issue for the Swallows. They may not be able to give him much more than he is currently making. However, they could offer more years. Tokyo Sports 10/15/2018 … [10/15] Balentien could earn his domestic free agent option next year. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018 … [10/15] The Swallows are planning to make Balentien an offer. Nikkan Sports 10/15/2018 … [10/14] Balentien told reporters that he hoped to return to the Swallows next year. Sponichi 10/14/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018
館山昌平 Shohei Tateyama [10/07] Not ready to retire. Next year will be his seventeenth season. Sponichi 10/7/2018
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RAK

2018 Rakuten Eagles Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
アマダー Japhet Amador [10/14] The Eagles are not planning to offer Amador a contract for 2019. Daily Sports 10/14/2018
ディクソン O’Koyea Dickson [10/14] The Eagles are not planning to offer Dickson a contract for 2019. Daily Sports 10/14/2018
ペゲーロ Carlos Peguero [10/14] The Eagles are not planning to offer Peguero a contract for 2019. Daily Sports 10/14/2018 … [10/06] This could be Peguero’s last year with the Eagles. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018
ウィーラー Zelous Wheeler [10/06] Wheeler will be in the final year of a two-year contract next season. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018
宋家豪 Chia-Hao Sung [10/06] Sung will most likely return next season. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018

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SEI

2018 Seibu Lions Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
浅村栄斗 Hideto Asamura [10/06] A number of teams, including Softbank and Orix, are keeping an eye on what Asamura does with his free agent option. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018, Sports Hochi 10/6/2018 … [10/01] The Rakuten Eagles are interested. Sports Hochi 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/6/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018
炭谷銀仁朗 Ginjiro Sumitani [10/01] The Rakuten Eagles are interested. Sports Hochi 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/6/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018
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ORI

2018 Orix Buffaloes Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
マレーロ Chris Marrero [10/08] The Buffaloes might not offer Marrero a new contract. Sanspo 10/8/2018
ディクソン Brandon Dickson [10/08] Dickson will be in the second year of a two-year contract next season. Sanspo 10/8/2018
ロメロ Stefen Romero [10/06] Romero will be in the second year of a three-year contract next year. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018
西勇輝 Yuki Nishi [10/15] Norifumi Nishimura met Nishi on October 14 and asked him for help next season. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018 … [10/10] The Bay Stars are also looking into Nishi. Sports Hochi 10/10/2018 … [10/06] The Softbank Hawks are interested. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018 … [10/05] Earned domestic free agent option this year. Planning to consider options, including asking the Buffaloes to post him, after the season. Hanshin Tigers among teams interested if he becomes a free agent. Sanspo 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018
金子千尋 Chihiro Kaneko [10/15] Norifumi Nishimura met Kaneko on October 14 and asked him for help next season. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018 … [10/05] Expected to earn second free agent option via injury exception. Planning to consider all options. Sponichi 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018
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HAN

2018 Hanshin Tigers Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
メッセンジャー Randy Messenger [10/13] Nikkan Sports is reporting that Messenger signed a new one-year contract. Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018 … [10/10] The Tigers are planning to make Messenger an offer. According to Nikkan Sports, when asked about next season, Messenger said he hadn’t given it much thought yet and might even end up being in the US instead of Japan. Sports Hochi 10/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2018
上本博紀 Hiroki Uemoto [10/05] Could earn domestic free agent option with injury exception. Considering options. Tigers could have two- or three-year offer on table. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018
ロサリオ Wilin Rosario [10/11] Rosario is interested in returning next year. Daily Sports 10/11/2018, Sponichi 10/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2018 … [10/06] Tigers have option to buy out second year. They may be open to signing him to a new contract if he is willing to take a significant cut in base salary (with potential to make up some of the difference with performance bonuses). Sponichi 10/6/2018 … [10/05] May not return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018
マテオ Marcos Mateo [10/11] According to Sports Hochi, the Tigers are not planning to make Mateo an offer. Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 … [10/10] Mateo is slated to have his right shoulder cleaned out during the upcoming off-season. The Tigers are planning to take him off their reserved list, but have not ruled him out completely. Sponichi 10/10/2018 … [10/05] May not return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018
モレノ Diego Moreno [10/11] According to Sports Hochi, the Tigers are not planning to make Moreno an offer. Sports Hochi 10/11/2018 … [10/05] May not return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018
ナバーロ Efren Navarro [10/16] Navarro is interested in returning next year. Daily Sports 10/16/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/16/2018 … [10/05] May not return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018
メッセンジャー Randy Messenger [10/05] Will most likely be asked to return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018
ドリス Rafael Dolis [10/05] Will probably be asked to return. Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018

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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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