Tag Archive: Foreign Interest

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[7/26/2018] Seibu Lions reach agreement with Kyle Martin

The Seibu Lions announced on July 26 that they reached an agreement with Kyle Martin. They are hoping he can help bolster their bullpen. The twenty-seven-year-old will arrive in Japan on July 29. The Lions will hold a press conference for him on July 31.

Source: Seibu 7/26/2018, Sports Hochi 7/26/2018, Sponichi 7/26/2018, Sponichi 7/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/26/2018, Sanspo 7/26/2018

[UPDATE 8/1 @ 4:50am]

The Lions held a press conference for Martin on July 31. He was assigned the uniform number 42. According to media reports, he agreed to a contract worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars.

Source: Seibu 7/31/2o18, Sanspo 7/31/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/31/2018

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[7/20/2018] Chunichi Dragons interested in Joely Rodriguez

The Chunichi Dragons are interested in twenty-six-year-old pitcher Joely Rodriguez. According to Sponichi, the Dragons are planning to give Rodriguez a tryout. They see him as a possible left-handed option out of the bullpen.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/20/2018, Sponichi 7/20/2018

[UPDATE 7/26 @ 10:34am]

The Dragons held a press conference for Rodriguez on July 25. He was assigned the uniform number 57. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a contract worth an estimated thirty million yen plus incentives.

Source: Chunichi 7/25/2018, Daily Sports 7/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/25/2018, Sports Hochi 7/25/2018

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[7/6/2018] Softbank Hawks reach agreement with Ariel Miranda

The Softbank Hawks announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old Ariel Miranda (a final contract is pending a physical).

Source: Softbank 7/6/2018, Sports Hochi 7/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/6/2018, Daily Sports 7/6/2018, Sponichi 7/6/2018

[UPDATE 7/18 @ 3:52pm]

The Hawks held a press conference for Miranda at YafuOku Dome on July 17. He was assigned the uniform number 19. According to media reports, Miranda agreed to a one-year deal (good for the rest of the current season) worth an estimated forty million yen.

Source: Softbank 7/17/2018, Daily Sports 7/17/2018, Sports Hochi 7/17/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/17/2018

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[7/5/2018] Orix Buffaloes reach agreement with Donn Roach

The Orix Buffaloes are interested in Donn Roach. They may be close to finalizing a deal for the twenty-eight-year-old pitcher. The Buffaloes have been looking for another arm to help bolster the pitching staff during the summer months.

Source: Daily Sports 7/4/2018, Sponichi 7/5/2018, Sports Hochi 7/4/2018, Sports Hochi 7/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/4/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/4/2018

[UPDATE 7/8 @ 12:42am]

The Orix Buffaloes announced on July 7 that they reached an agreement with Roach. He was assigned the uniform number 42.

Source: Orix 7/7/2018, Daily Sports 7/7/2018, Sanspo 7/7/2018, Sponichi 7/7/2018

[UPDATE 7/8 @ 5:04pm]

The media is reporting that Roach agreed to an estimated thirty million yen. His contract is for the 2018 season.

Source: Sponichi 7/8/2018, Sanspo 7/8/2018, Sports Hochi 7/8/2018, Daily Sports 7/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/8/2018

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[6/26/2018] Hiroshima Carp reaches agreement with Johnny Hellweg

The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Johnny Hellweg. He was assigned the uniform number 62.

According to media reports, he agreed to a contract worth an estimated 300,000 US dollar plus incentives. The agreement also includes a signing bonus of 50,000 US dollars (estimate).

Source: Sponichi 6/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/26/2018, Sports Hochi 6/26/2018, Daily Sports 6/26/2018

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YAK

[6/20/2018] Yakult Swallows reach agreement with Jason Urquidez

The Yakult Swallows announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-five-year-old pitcher Jason Urquidez. He was assigned the uniform number 61. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a contract worth 150,000 US dollars plus incentives.

Urquidez is in the process of getting a work visa. He could arrive in Japan some time next week.

Source: Daily Sports 6/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/20/2018, Daily Sports 6/20/2018, Sponichi 6/20/2018, Sanspo 6/20/2018

[UPDATE 6/29 @ 10:24pm]

The Swallows held a press conference for Urquidez today. He was assigned the uniform number 61.

Source: Yakult 6/29/2018

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[6/15/2018] Hanshin Tigers reach agreement with Efren Navarro

The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-two-year-old Efren Navarro.

Source: Hanshin 6/15/2018

[UPDATE 6/18 @ 1:59am]

The Tigers held a press conference for Navarro on June 17. He was assigned the uniform number 99. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars.

Source: Hanshin 6/17/2018, Sanspo 6/17/2018, Daily Sports 6/17/2018, Sports Hochi 6/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/17/2018, Tokyo Sports 6/17/2018


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[6/10/2018] Yakult Swallows looking to add Jason Urquidez

Sports Hochi is reporting that the Yakult Swallows are looking to add Jason Urquidez to their pitching staff and may have already reached an agreement with the thirty-five-year-old.

The Swallows have five foreign players on their seventy-man roster: pitchers David Buchanan, Matt Carasiti, Dave Huff, Jordan Armengot, and outfielder Wladimir Balentien. Armengot is currently in the United States for a second opinion on an injury. Adding another arm would give the Swallows a little more room to breath.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2018

(additional sources: Nikkan Sports 6/11/2018)

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[6/9/2018] Hanshin Tigers exploring overseas market

According to a number of reports from this morning, the Hanshin Tigers are exploring the overseas market. Possible interests include thirty-two-year-old Efren Navarro (currently seems to be the front-runner), thirty-one-year-old Nick Buss, and twenty-seven-year-old Kennys Vargas.

The Tigers added Wilin Rosario during the winter with hopes that he would be enough to get them through the season, but he was taken off the active roster on June 3 because of his struggles at the plate. The front office is now considering other alternatives, including the possibility of finding someone that might be able to supplement Rosario, and not necessarily replace him.

Source: Sponichi 6/9/2018, Sports Hochi 6/9/2018, Daily Sports 6/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/9/2018, Sanspo 6/9/2018

[UPDATE 6/10 @ 1:06pm]

The Tigers may be close to finalizing a deal for Navarro, according to at least two media sources from this morning.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2018, Daily Sports 6/10/2018

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[5/10/2018] Seibu Lions to acquire Deunte Heath

The Seibu Lions announced today that they reached an agreement on a transfer for thirty-two-year-old pitcher Deunte Heath with the BC League’s Toyama GRN Thunderbirds. The former Hiroshima Carp was 1-0 with four saves and a 0.00 ERA over 9.0 innings in seven games for Toyama this year. He faced thirty-two hitters, allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out fourteen.

Source: Seibu 5/10/2018, Daily Sports 5/10/2018, Sponichi 5/10/2018, Tokyo Sports 5/10/2018, Sports Hochi 5/10/2018

[UPDATE 5/16 @ 3:01am]

The Lions held a press conference for Heath on May 15. He was assigned the uniform number 68. According to media reports, he agreed to a salary worth 175,000 US dollars plus incentives. He is scheduled to join the Ichi-gun team on May 16.

Source: Seibu 5/15/2018, Sanspo 5/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/15/2018, Sponichi 5/15/2018

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