Tag Archive: 2019 Player Movement

ORI

[2/5/2019] Orix Buffaloes to add Yoshihisa Naruse to roster

The Orix Buffaloes announced that they are going to add the thirty-three-year-old Yoshihisa Naruse to their roster. He was assigned the uniform number 46. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a salary worth an estimated fifteen million yen plus incentives.

Naruse pitched in a practice scrimmage on February 4. He faced six batters, threw twenty-five pitches, gave up two could-be hits, and struck out one (K, 1B8, G6, F6, 1B8, F9). He topped out at 135km/h.

Source: Orix 2/4/2019, Sponichi 2/5/2019, Sports Hochi 2/5/2019, Daily Sports 2/5/2019, Daily Sports 2/4/2019, Sanspo 2/4/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/4/2019

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YAK

[1/24/2019] Ryota Igarashi returns to the Yakult Swallows

The Yakult Swallows held a press conference to formally announce the return of thirty-nine-year-old Ryota Igarashi. He was assigned the uniform number 53. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a salary of twenty million yen plus incentives.

Igarashi began his NPB career when the Swallows selected him in the second round of the 1997 draft. He left the Swallows after the 2009 season through free agency and spent the next three seasons in the Majors. He returned to Japan in 2013 and signed with the Softbank Hawks.

Source: Yakult 1/24/2019, Daily Sports 1/24/2019, Tokyo Sports 1/24/2019, Sponichi 1/24/2019

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LOT

[1/15/2019] Chiba Lotte Marines add Brandon Laird

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they added thirty-one-year-old Brandon Laird to their team. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. The media is reporting Laird agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1.1 million US dollars.

Source: Lotte 1/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019, Sponichi 1/15/2019

[UPDATE 1/16 @ 2:30pm]

The Marines announced that Laird was assigned the uniform number 54.

Source: Sponichi 1/16/2019, Sports Hochi 1/16/2019, Daily Sports 1/16/2019

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ORI

[1/15/2019] Orix Buffaloes reach agreement with Tyler Eppler

The Orix Buffaloes announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-six-year-old Tyler Eppler. He was assigned the uniform number 42. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 600,000 US dollars.

Source: Orix 1/15/2019, Sanspo 1/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019, Chunichi Sports 1/15/2019, Daily Sports 1/15/2019, Sponichi 1/15/2019

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LOT

[1/7/2019] Chiba Lotte Marines reach agreement with Josh Ravin

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they reach an agreement with thirty-year-old Josh Ravin. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 800,000 US dollars. Ravin has not yet been assigned a uniform number.

Source: Lotte 1/7/2019, Sanspo 1/7/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/7/2019, Sponichi 1/7/2019, Sports Hochi 1/7/2019, Daily Sports 1/7/2019

[UPDATE 1/12 @ 3:27am]

Ravin has been assigned the uniform number 00.

Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/11/2019

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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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