Tag Archive: Foreign Interest

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

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HAN

[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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YAK

[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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HAN

[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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SEI

[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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HIR

[3/7/2018] Hiroshima signs Tavarez, Franzua to Ikusei contracts

The Hiroshima Carp announced that they signed two Carp Academy players to Ikusei contracts: twenty-three-year-old right-handed pitcher Yohan Tavarez and twenty-four-year-old left-handed pitcher Geronimo Franzua. Tavarez was assigned the uniform number 142, Franzua the uniform number 143. According to media reports, the two agreed to Ikusei contract worth an estimated 2.3 million yen.

Source: Hiroshima 3/7/2018 (Tavarez), Hiroshima 3/7/2018 (Franzua), Daily Sports 3/7/2018

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CHU

[3/2/2018] Chunichi to sign Ariel Martinez to Ikusei contract

The Chunichi Dragons announced on March 2 that they are going to sign twenty-one-year-old Cuban catcher Ariel Martinez to an Ikusei contract. He was assigned the uniform number 210. Martinez is scheduled to arrive in Japan on March 10.

Source: Chunichi 3/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/2/2018, Daily Sports 3/2/2018, Sports Hochi 3/2/2018

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SOF

[2/13/2018] Softbank Hawks reach agreement with Yurisbel Gracial Garcia

The Softbank Hawks announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-two-year-old Yurisbel Gracial Garcia. He was assigned the uniform number 27.

Gracial is set to arrive in Japan on February 17. The Hawks are scheduled to hold a press conference for him on February 18.

Source: Softbank 2/13/2018, Sports Hochi 2/13/2018

[UPDATE 2/13 @ 9:27pm]

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty-five million yen.

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2018, Daily Sports 2/13/2018


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YOM

[1/16/2018] Yomiuri Giants add Taylor Jungmann

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Taylor Jungmann. He was assigned the uniform number 39. He is expected to arrive in Japan later this month. According to Sponichi, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 750,000 US dollars.

Source: Yomiuri 1/16/2018, Sponichi 1/16/2018


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LOT

[1/15/2018] Chiba Lotte Marines sign Tanner Scheppers

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old pitcher Tanner Scheppers. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a contract worth an estimated 800,000 US dollars.

Source: Lotte 1/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2018, Sanspo 1/15/2018, Daily Sports 1/15/2018

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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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