Tag Archive: Foreign Interest


[11/15/2017] Orix Buffaloes interested in Matt Carasiti

Sports Hochi is reporting that the Orix Buffaloes are looking for bullpen help on the overseas market. They might also be looking for someone with experience closing, in case they lose Yoshihisa Hirano. One of their top candidates might be twenty-six-year-old Matt Carasiti.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/15/2017


[11/14/2017] Hanshin Tigers looking into Leonys Martín

The Hanshin Tigers are looking into twenty-nine-year-old Leonys Martín. The Tigers feel he has enough pop to bat fourth for them. They like his speed and his defensive abilities.

Source: Sanspo 11/14/2017


[11/11/2017] Hanshin Tigers interested in Oswaldo Arcia

According to at least two reports, the Hanshin Tigers are looking into twenty-six-year-old outfielder Oswaldo Arcia. The Tigers are looking for a bat with pop that can hit clean-up on the overseas market. They are also looking into twenty-eight-year-old infielder Wilin Rosario.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/11/2017, Chunichi Sports 11/11/2017


[11/10/2017] Yokohama Bay Stars reach agreements with Soto, Barrios

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that they reached agreements with twenty-eight-year-old Neftali Soto and twenty-nine-year-old Edison Barrios.

According to media reports, Barrios agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated twenty million yen. Soto agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated thirty-five million yen.

Source: Yokohama 11/10/2017 (Soto), Yokohama 11/10/2017 (Barrios), Sports Hochi 11/10/2017, Sports Hochi 11/10/2017, Daily Sports 11/10/2017

[UPDATE 11/11 @ 9:03pm]

According to the latest reports, Soto agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated thirty-five million yen and Barrios to a one-year deal worth an estimated twenty million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2017

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[11/9/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters to add Michael Tonkin

The Nippon Ham Fighters have reportedly added twenty-seven-year-old Michael Tonkin to their pitching staff. The Pioneer Press’ Mike Berardino‏ tweeted that the pitcher agreed to a two-year contract worth 2.1 million US dollars plus 500,000 US dollars in incentives. The Fighters are planning to use Tonkin as a closer.

Source: Berardino‏ tweet, Daily Sports 11/8/2017Sponichi 11/9/2017, Sanspo 11/9/2017

[UPDATE 11/13 @ 4:21pm]

The Fighters officially announced today that they reached an agreement with Tonkin.

Source: Nippon Ham 11/13/2017

[UPDATE 11/14 @ 12:22am]

According to Japanese reports, Tonkin agreed to a two-year deal that will be worth an estimated 120 million yen next year.

Source: Sanpso 11/13/2017

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[11/9/2017] Hanshin Tigers interested in Diego Moreno

The Hanshin Tigers have their eye on thirty-year-old pitcher Diego Moreno, according to at least two Japanese reports. The Tigers already have a number of foreign pitchers on their seventy-man roster, but still want another arm for the bullpen as insurance.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2017, Sanspo 11/9/2017

[UPDATE 11/11 @ 12:00am]

The media learned on November 9 that the Tigers are close to finalizing an agreement with Moreno. An announcement is expected within the next few days.

Source: Sponichi 11/10/2017


[11/8/2017] Yakult Swallows keeping an eye on Tony Barnette

The Yakult Swallows are keeping an eye on their old closer, thirty-three-year-old Tony Barnette. He spent six years in the Yakult organization before he returned to the United States and signed with the Texas Rangers after the 2015 season. Barnette recently became a free agent when the Rangers declined his team option.

The Swallows cannot compete financially with other MLB teams, but may be interested if he is open to returning to Japan.

Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2017


[11/6/2017] Hanshin Tigers sign left-handed pitcher Yen-Ching Lu

The Hanshin Tigers announced on November 6 that they signed twenty-one-year old left-handed pitcher Yen-Ching Lu. The Tigers are set to hold a press conference in Nishinomiya on November 7.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2017, Sponichi 11/6/2017, Daily Sports 11/6/2017, Sanspo 11/6/2017

[UPDATE 11/7 @ 4:03pm]

The Tigers held a press conference for Lu today. He is scheduled to join Ni-gun practices at Naruohama on November 8.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017, Daily Sports 11/7/2017

[UPDATE 11/7 @ 11:26pm]

According to media reports, Lu agreed to a multi-year contract that will be worth an estimated eight million yen next year.

Source: Sanspo 11/7/2017 (additional reports: Sponichi 11/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017, Daily Sports 11/7/2017

[UPDATE 11/8 @ 4:35pm]

Lu moved into the team dormitory after his press conference yesterday. He joined Ni-gun practices at Naruohama today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017, Daily Sports 11/8/2017

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[11/2/2017] Yokohama Bay Stars giving Neftali Soto a look

The Yokohama Bay Stars gave twenty-eight-year-old Neftali Soto a two-day tryout at their Ni-gun facilities (October 31, November 1). He played in a batting practice scrimmage during his tryout and hit four over the fence. He also took fielding practice at third, first, and left. Yokohama has not yet made a decision on Soto.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/2/2017, Sponichi 11/2/2017


[10/13/2017] NPB interest in Yen-Ching Lu

The Orix Buffaloes are among a number of NPB teams interested in twenty-one-year-old left-handed pitcher Yen-Ching Lu. Japanese scouts checked on Lu during the recent BFA Asian Baseball Championship and were impressed by the movement on his pitches and his control.

The Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles, and Hanshin Tigers are also said to be interested in Lu.

Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2017

[UPDATE 10/25 @ 11:51pm]

The Tigers may be in the final stages of negotiations with Lu.

Source: Sanspo 10/25/2017

[UPDATE 10/29 @ 12:49am]

According to Sports Hochi, the Tigers and Lu may have reached an agreement.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/28/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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