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.0 Comments
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 12/8/20180 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles are close to adding twenty-nine-year-old Jabari Blash. Team official Hiroshi Abei told reporters on December 5 that they were still doing the paperwork and that a formal announcement could be made as early as December 7.
[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:11pm]
The Eagles announced that they reached an agreement with Blash. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to Daily Sports, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 120 million yen.0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Justin Hancock. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated seventy million yen.0 Comments
The Hiroshima Carp announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old Casey Lawrence. He was assigned the uniform number 70. According to Daily Sports and Nikkan Sports, Lawrence agreed to a salary worth an estimated 520,000 US dollars plus incentives and a signing bonus worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars.0 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons announced that they signed twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Enny Romero. He was assigned the uniform number 70. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 50 million yen plus incentives.0 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Alan Busenitz. He is a candidate to close. According to media reports, Busenitz agreed to a salary worth an estimated 70 million yen.0 Comments
According to a report by Daily Sports, the Hanshin Tigers have reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old Pierce Johnson. A Hanshin official is expected to travel to the United States in early-December to finalize a formal contract.
Source: Daily Sports 11/27/2018
[UPDATE 12/8 @ 11:01pm]
The Tigers announced that they finalized a contract with Johnson. According to media reports, they agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated 800,000 US dollars.0 Comments
Rakuten Eagles General Manager Kazuhisa Ishii told reporters on November 21 that they were close to reaching an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Alan Busenitz. Ishii also said that Busenitz was one of three players they had on their list and that he was a candidate to close.
Incidentally, the Minnesota Twins posted the following in an official release from November 20:
Additionally, the Twins have granted right-handed pitcher Alan Busenitz his unconditional release, allowing him to be purchased by the Rakuten Eagles of the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan.
Source: MLB.com 11/20/2018, Daily Sports 11/22/2018, Daily Sports 11/21/2018, Sports Hochi 11/21/2018, Sponichi 11/21/2018, Sponichi 11/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2018, Sanspo 11/21/2018, Sanspo 11/21/2018, Sanspo 11/22/20180 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old Christian Villanueva. His registered name will be Villanueva and his uniform number 33.
I am honored to sign a contract with the Yomiuri Giants, a team with tradition. I have never been to Japan, but I have an image of Japanese players as disciplined and players that practice a lot. I am looking forward to playing in front of the large crowds at Tokyo Dome. With new teammates and a new environment, I will do my best to help the team win a pennant and championship.
According to media reports, the two side agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated two million US dollars (includes signing bonus).0 Comments