Tag Archive: Foreign Interest

[1/23/2019] Yokohama Bay Stars sign Remy Cordero to Ikusei contract

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that they reached an agreement to sign twenty-one-year-old Remy Cordero to an Ikusei contract. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to Sanspo, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 2.4 million yen.

Cordero is already in Japan and started workouts at the Ni-gun facilities in Yokosuka.

Source: Yokohama 1/23/2019, Sports Hochi 1/23/2019, Sponichi 1/23/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2019, Sanspo 1/23/2019

[UPDATE 1/26 @ 2:02pm]

The Bay Stars held a press conference for Cordero on January 25. He was assigned the uniform number 107.

Source: Yokohama 1/25/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2019

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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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CHU

[1/15/2019] Chunichi Dragons to give Sandy Brito a look during spring camp

The Chunichi Dragons are planning to give twenty-two-year-old Sandy Brito a look during spring camp in February. Brito is slated to arrive in Japan later this month and will attend Okinawa camp from February 1. He will be a candidate for an Ikusei contract.

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

[UPDATE 2/6 @ 1:40am]

Brito pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on February 4. He faced four batters, walked the first three, and got the fourth to fly out to left. He threw twenty pitches, all fastballs, and topped out at 151km/h. Fifteen of the twenty pitches he threw were balls.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/5/2019, Sponichi 2/4/2019

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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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YOM

[12/29/2018] Yomiuri Giants reach agreement with Ryan Cook

The Yomiuri Giants announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old Ryan Cook. He is slated to arrive in Japan in late-January and will be assigned the uniform number 24. According to media reports, his salary will be an estimated 1.3 million US dollars.

Source: Yomiuri 12/29/2018, Daily Sports 12/29/2018, Sanspo 12/29/2018, Sponichi 12/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/29/2018

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HAN

[12/28/2018] Hanshin Tigers add Jefry Marte

The Hanshin Tigers announced that they added twenty-seven-year-old Jefry Marte to their roster. He was assigned the uniform number 31. According to media reports, Marte agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated one million US dollars.

The media also learned that the team official sent to the Dominican Republic to finalize Marte’s contract was assisted by former Tiger Mauro Gomez.

Source: Hanshin 12/28/2018, Hanshin 12/28/2018, Daily Sports 12/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/28/2018, Sports Hochi 12/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/28/2018, Sanspo 12/28/2018

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[12/20/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters sign Johnny Barbato

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they signed twenty-six-year-old Johnny Barbato to a contract.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/20/2018

[UPDATE 12/21 @ 11:26am]

According to at least two media reports, Barbato agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated seventy million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 12/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/21/2018

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HAN

[12/18/2018] Hanshin Tigers sign former Chunichi pitcher Onelki Garcia

The Hanshin Tigers announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old Onelki Garcia. According to media reports, he agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1.5 million US dollars.

In twenty-seven games for the Chunichi Dragons this year, Garcia went 13-9 with a 2.99 ERA (1.29 WHIP). He walked seventy-three (3.90 BB/9) and struck out 132 (7.04 K/9) over 168.2 innings of work.

Source: Hanshin 12/17/2018, Sanspo 12/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/18/2018, Sports Hochi 12/18/2018, Daily Sports 12/18/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/17/2018

[UPDATE 12/28 @ 1:20am]

The Tigers announced that Garcia was assigned the uniform number 77.

Source: Hanshin 12/28/2018

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YAK

[12/13/2018] Yakult Swallows reach agreement with Albert Suarez

The media learned on December 12, through Yakult Swallows official Masayuki Okumura, that the Yakult Swallows have reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old Albert Suarez. The right-handed pitcher is the older brother of Softbank’s Robert Suarez.

Source: Sanspo 12/12/2018, Sanspo 12/13/2018

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YOM

[12/6/2018] Yomiuri looking to sign Reimin Ramos and Israel Mota to Ikusei contracts

According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Yomiuri Giants are trying to sign twenty-two-year-old Reimin Ramos and twenty-two-year-old Israel Mota to Ikusei contracts. The two attended tryouts held by the Giants in the Dominican Republic last moth and passed.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:00pm]

The Giants announced that they reached agreements with Ramos and Mota. Ramos was assigned the uniform number 025 and Mota 014. Both players are slated to arrive in Japan in late-January.

Source: Yomiuri 12/7/2018

[UPDATE 12/8 @ 2:35pm]

According to Daily Sports, the two players are slated to make an estimated 20,000 US dollars next year.

Source: Daily Sports 12/8/2018

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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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