Twenty-nine-year-old Naomichi Donoue earned his domestic free agent option on April 19 with eight years of service time on the active roster. He told reporters he was both happy and frustrated with the option — happy to earn the option, but frustrated he was unable to do more with his time.0 Comments
Thirty-six-year-old Randy Messenger earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. Messenger told reporters he was not interested in playing for another team and that he wanted to finish his career with the Hanshin Tigers.
Messenger is the ninth foreign player to earn a free agent option. He will not count against the foreign player cap next year.0 Comments
Thirty-two-year-old Ryuma Kidokoro earned his international free agent option on April 15 with nine years of service time on the active roster. He is in the final year of a two-year contract.0 Comments
Thirty-year-old Shingo Kawabata earned his international free agent option on April 14 with nine years of service time on the active roster. He is currently in the third year of a four-year contract.0 Comments
Thirty-seven-year-old Takahito Kudo earned his domestic free agent option on April 13 with eight years of service time on the active roster.0 Comments
Randy Messenger is slated to earn his domestic free agent option on April 16 (assuming he remains on the active roster until then). According to reports by Daily Sports and Sanspo, the Hanshin Tigers are planning to ask him to stay as soon as he earns the option. Messenger has also expressed an interest to remain with the team.
While it is still early, there is a good chance the Tigers will offer a multi-year deal with at least two years. If Messenger becomes a free agent, he will be an interesting option for other NPB teams because he will no longer be considered a foreign player.
[UPDATE 4/14 @ 1:49am]
According to a report by Tokyo Sports, Messenger is willing to play for as long as the Tigers want him (if they want him for two years, he will play another two years). He is also not interested in playing for any other team in Japan.
Source: Tokyo Sports 4/13/20180 Comments
The NPB posted a list of eighty-five players with free agent options.
Players will have seven business days, excluding weekends and holidays, after the end of the Nippon Series to exercise their options. Negotiations can begin the day after players are officially listed as free agents by the NPB.0 Comments
Thirty-two-year-old Yuya Hasegawa earned his international free agent option on October 18. Hasegawa is currently in the second year of a three-year contract.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/20170 Comments
Hideaki Wakui re-earned his free agent option today. He earned and exercised his initial domestic option after the 2013 season. He re-earned the option (which now also includes international rights) with four years of service time on the active roster.
[UPDATE 9/5 @ 3:05pm]
It is uncertain if Wakui signed a one- or multi-year deal before the start of the season. Regardless, he likely has the ability to opt out and exercise his option if he so chooses. The Marines would like him to return next year and are okay with him exercising his option and then ultimately staying, something they normally do not do.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/5/2017
[UPDATE 9/6 @ 1:37am]
Wakui has mentioned interest in the Majors and could head overseas after the season. However, if he decides to stay, a number of teams could be interested, like Chunichi, Yokohama, and Hanshin.
Source: Tokyo Sports 9/5/2017
[UPDATE 9/10 @ 10:52pm]
Scouts from at least four MLB teams (Giants, Mariners, Phillies, and Cardinals) were at Wakui’s last start on September 9.0 Comments
Twenty-nine-year-old Shogo Akiyama earned his domestic free agent option with seven years of service time on the active roster. He signed a three-year contract in December last year.
Source: Daily Sports 8/22/20170 Comments