Tag Archive: Free Agency

[2016 Free Agency] Dai-Kang Yoh Rumors

Date Team Update
12/9/2016
@ 12:42
Yomiuri The Giants may have offered Yoh the uniform number 2. If he signs and takes the number, Ryota Wakiya will probably change his number from 2 to 12. Source: Sanspo 12/9/2016
12/7/2016
@ 13:44
Yomiuri The Giants’ offer might be four years at about one billion yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2016
12/7/2016
@ 12:28
Yomiuri There is a good chance Yoh will sign with the Yomiuri Giants. The two sides are working on a deal that could be finalized before the end of the year. Source: Daily Sports 12/7/2016
12/6/2016
@ 18:19
Orix Yoh’s agent contacted the Buffaloes via email today to turn them down. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2016
12/6/2016
@ 18:06
Orix Junichi Fukura asked the Buffaloes not to get into a bidding war for Yoh because they also have to think about developing their own players. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2016
12/5/2016
@ 17:55
Orix
Yomiuri
The Buffaloes’ offer may have been three years at over 900 million yen. The Giants may have offered about the same amount per year, but with as many as six years. Source: Tokyo Sports 12/5/2016 … The Giants’ offered may have been three years at over one billion yen. Source: Sponichi 12/5/2016
12/4/2016
@ 23:04
Yomiuri The Giants admitted today that they contacted Yoh’s agent earlier during the week and put in an official offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/4/2016, Sponichi 12/4/2016
12/2/2016
@ 21:34
Yoh is hoping to make a decision by mid-December. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/29/2016
11/25/2016
@ 16:25
Orix Junichi Fukura is willing to go anywhere, including Tokyo, Sapporo, and Taiwan, to meet Yoh. He is already planning to go to Taiwan to watch a few Asia Winter League games. Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/25/2016
11/23/2016
@ 12:05
Orix The Buffaloes might offer Yoh the uniform number 7. The number became available when Yoshio Itoi decided to sign with Hanshin. Other possibilities include 2, 5, and 9. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2016
11/23/2016
@ 12:01
There is a team Yoh wants to play for, but the most important thing for him is family and environment. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2016
11/22/2016
@ 23:15
Rakuten Masataka Nashida was Yoh’s manager with Nippon Ham between 2008 and 2011. Hoshino would like to see Nashida to put out feelers to see if Yoh is interested. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2016
11/22/2016
@ 00:30
It might be down to Orix and Rakuten. Source: Sponichi 11/21/2016
11/21/2016
@ 23:48
Rakuten Senichi Hoshino told reporters the Eagles will make an offer if they feel they have a chance. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2016
11/21/2016
@ 18:18
Yoh could be waiting for the Giants to make a move, according to a Tokyo Sports report. He has hinted it might take him a while to make a decision, even though the Buffaloes might be the only team with an offer on the table (the article mentions the Eagles are not really serious candidates). Source: Tokyo Sports 11/21/2016
11/21/2016
@ 17:25
Rakuten The Eagles may have offered a four-year deal worth a total one billion yen. Source: Sports Hochi 11/21/2016
11/20/2016
@ 18:45
Yoh told reporters on November 20 that he wanted to make a decision about where he was going to play before the end of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2016
11/19/2016
@ 16:54
Orix Orix Manager Junichi Fukura was a coach in the Nippon Ham organization between 2005 and 2012. Yoh was drafted by Nippon Ham in 2005. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2016
11/18/2016
@ 16:29
Orix The Buffaloes have started putting together a list of protected players in case they sign Yoh. They believe the Fighters will be looking for players with speed and will adjust their list accordingly. Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2016
11/17/2016
@ 22:56
Yomiuri The Giants could throw their hat into the ring. Rakuten may have already left the table. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/17/2016
11/16/2016
@ 17:25
Orix The Buffaloes could offer a three-year deal worth around 600 million yen. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/16/2016
11/16/2016
@ 15:30
Orix The Buffaloes could offer a three- to four-year contract. Source: Sponichi 11/16/2016
11/15/2016
@ 18:14
Orix The Buffaloes told reporters today that they reached out to Yoh’s agent to let them know they were interested. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/15/2016, Sports Hochi 11/15/2016
11/11/2016
@ 17:52
Orix Yoh could make Taiwan’s WBC roster. If he does and the Buffaloes manage to sign him, they currently see no reason to stop him. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2016
11/11/2016
@ 14:05
Orix The Buffaloes are interested, but will most likely wait to approach Yoh until they have received a final decision from Yoshio Itoi. Rakuten is also interested in Yoh. If the Buffaloes wait too long, they could lose him to another team. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2016
11/11/2016
@ 02:10
Orix The Buffaloes are said to be preparing a three-year contract. Source: Sports Hochi 11/10/2016

Nippon Ham’s last offer: –
2016 Salary: 160 million yen

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[2016 Free Agency] Masahiko Morifuku Rumors

Date Team Update
11/13/2016
@ 04:55
Yomiuri The Giants’ offer could be three years at 400 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2016
11/12/2016
@ 16:10
Yomiuri According to a report by ZakZak, there may be some concerns about Morifuku’s private life. He ran into some problems with a woman during a mini-camp for the 2013 WBC. It did not become a big deal because the Fukuoka media kept quiet about it. He, and subsequently the entire team, was also banned from a cabaret after problems developed between the two. The Giants are trying to distance themselves from scandals after a few of their players were caught gambling. The media also tends to keep a close eye on the team. Source: ZakZak 11/12/2016
11/11/2016
@ 14:22
Yomiuri The meeting with the Giants lasted about twenty minutes. Yoshinobu Takahashi spoke to Morifuku over the phone during the meeting. The Giants see him as a setup option. General Manager Tatsuyoshi Tsutsumi attended the meeting. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2016
11/11/2016
@ 14:13
Yomiuri The Giants most likely offered Morifuku a multi-year deal and the uniform number 13. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2016
11/11/2016
@ 13:42
Yomiuri The Giants met Morifuku at a hotel in Fukuoka on November 11. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2016
11/11/2016
@ 13:25
Yomiuri The Giants offer might be two-years at about 300 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2016
11/11/2016
@ 02:07
Yomiuri The Giants could offer Morifuku the uniform number 12 and a two-year deal worth about 400 million yen. The uniform number 13 is also a possibility. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2016

Softbank’s last offer: multi-year contract
2016 Salary: 120 million yen

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[2016 Free Agency] Takayuki Kishi Rumors

Date Team Update
11/13/2017
@ 04:13
Rakuten The Eagles offer may have been four years and about 2 billion yen. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/12/2016
11/12/2016
@ 00:31
Rakuten The Eagles may have offered Kishi a multi-year deal and the uniform number 11. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2016
11/11/2016
@ 22:01
Rakuten Kishi’s meeting with the Eagles took place at a hotel in Tokyo at 17:00. The meeting lasted about an hour. Senichi Hoshino attended the meeting. The Eagles may have offered a four-year deal. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/11/2016
11/11/2016
@ 13:59
Rakuten The Eagles offer could be four years at about 2.0 billion yen. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2016
11/11/2016
@ 12:51
Rakuten The Eagles could offer a four-year deal worth about 1.6 billion yen. They have also talked to Takahiro Shiomi about a uniform number change so that they can offer Kishi the number 11. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2016

11/10/2016
@ 23:01

Rakuten The Eagles are planning to meet Kishi on November 11. Vice Chairman Senichi Hoshino and Team President Yozo Tachibana are expected to attend the meeting. Source: Sanspo 11/10/2016

Seibu’s last offer: four years about 1 billion yen
2016 Salary: 225 million yen

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[2016 Free Agency] Yoshio Itoi Rumors

Date Team Update
11/19/2016
@ 04:50
Hanshin The Tigers are reportedly in the final stages of negotiations with Itoi. One of the things still under discussion is where he will be living — his family will remain in Tokyo and he will most likely live out of a hotel. Source: Sanspo 11/18/2016
11/18/2016
@ 16:37
If Itoi attends the player’s last meeting of the year on November 21, it could be the perfect time for him to inform his current teammates of his decision. Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2016
11/18/2016
@ 16:33
The Buffaloes have not heard from Itoi, as of November 17. It is uncertain if he has plans to attend the Orix player’s last meeting of the year on November 21. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2016
11/16/2016
@ 02:36
Hanshin Tomoaki Kanemoto sees Itoi as a possible number two hitter. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/15/2016
11/14/2016
@ 01:26
Hanshin The Tigers are not planning to provide the media with daily reports on how negotiations with Itoi are going. They will only give updates as needed. Source: Sponichi 11/13/2016
11/12/2016
@ 15:48
Hanshin Itoi’s meeting with the Tigers started at noon and lasted about an hour. He was most likely offered a deal similar to the four-years, 1.8 billion made by Orix. Source: Chunichi Sports 11/12/2016
11/11/2016
@ 22:42
Hanshin Itoi dyed his hair black when he filed his free agent papers on November 7. He showed up to today’s meeting with Hanshin with his hair a little more brown. The meeting last about fifty-five minutes. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2016
11/11/2016
@ 22:35
Hanshin Kansai University Professor Emeritus Katsuhiro Miyamoto estimates the economic impact for the Kansai region of Itoi signing with Hanshin to be about 4.93 billion yen over a period of one-year, assuming the team is competitive through to the end of August. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2016
11/11/2016
@ 17:37
Hanshin The Tigers were originally planning to work out an agreement around a three-year contract, but they told reporters on November 10 that they planned to make Itoi a competitive offer, similar to what the Buffaloes proposed. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2016, Sanspo 11/11/2016
11/11/2016
@ 14:15
Hanshin The Tigers met Itoi at a hotel in Osaka today. Team official Eiichi Takano and Manager Kanemoto attended the meeting that lasted about an hour. Itoi told reporters he still needed more time to think about his options. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2016
11/10/2016
@ 17:30
Hanshin The Tigers contacted Itoi a minute after his name was posted by the commissioner’s office and scheduled a meeting at a hotel in Osaka for November 11. Tomoaki Kanemoto is also scheduled to attend the meeting. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2016

Orix’s Last Offer: four years 1.8 billion yen
2016 Salary: 280 million yen

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[2016 Free Agency] Shun Yamaguchi Rumors

Date Team Update
12/3/2016
@ 01:22
Chunichi The Dragons may have offered Yamaguchi a five-year contract worth over one billion yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2016
11/26/2016
@ 22:25
Chunichi The Dragons may have contacted Yamaguchi. A team official refused to name names, but said more will become known before the end of the month. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/26/2016
11/26/2016
@ 22:11
Yamaguchi is hoping to make a decision about where he is going to play next year before the end of the month. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2016
11/16/2016
@ 15:13
Yomiuri The Giants have been in touch with Yamaguchi since their meeting. They are hoping he will have a decision before the end of the month. Source: Sponichi 11/16/2016
11/13/2016
@ 04:07
Chunichi The Dragons have an interest in Yamaguchi. Chunichi Pitching Coach Yui Tomori was a Yokohama pitching coach between 2012 and 2013. It is unclear if that might give the Dragons some sort of an edge. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/12/2016
11/11/2016
@ 15:55
Yomiuri According to a report by ZakZak, there may be some concerns about Yamaguchi’s connection to Noboru Takachi. The former actor was arrested on usage and possession of stimulant drugs earlier this year. The Giants are trying to distance themselves from scandals after a few of their players were caught gambling. Source: ZakZak 11/12/2016
11/11/2016
@ 23:43
Yomiuri After his meeting with Giants, Yamaguchi spoke to reporters and said that he grew up watching the Giants. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2016
11/11/2016
@ 22:32
Yomiuri Yamaguchi had a chance to speak to Giants’ manager Yoshinobu Takahashi over the phone during his meeting. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2016
11/11/2016
@ 22:07
Yomiuri The Giants met Yamaguchi at a hotel in Tokyo for about forty minutes on November 11. They most likely offered a multi-year contract. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/11/2016
11/11/2016
@ 13:43
Yomiuri The Giants are scheduled to meet Yamaguchi at a hotel in Tokyo on November 11. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2016
11/11/2016
@ 01:58
Yomiuri The Giants could offer Yamaguchi a three-year deal worth about 600 million yen. They could also offer the uniform number 11. If they are unable to free the number, 99 could also be a possibility. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2016
11/10/2016
@ 17:11
Yomiuri The Giants could offer Yamaguchi the uniform number 11. The number is currently used by Luis Cruz, but the team might not be too concerned about reassigning it based on the season he had this year. Source: Tokyo Sports 11/10/2016

Yokohama’s last offer: three years over 500 million yen
2016 Salary: 80 million yen

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[2016 Free Agency] Takumi Kuriyama Rumors

Date Team Update
12/2/2016
@ 21:35
Seibu Kuriyama met the Lions at Seibu Prince Dome today for salary negotiations. He agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 190 million yen plus incentives. Source: Tokyo Sports 12/2/2016, Daily Sports 12/2/2016
11/10/2016
@ 16:51
Seibu The Seibu Lions announced that Kuriyama exercised his free agent option. They also announced that he also decided to stay. Kuriyama comment: “My desire to play for the Seibu Lions led me to exercise my free agent option and stay.” Source: Seibu announcement

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[11/10/2016] NPB Players that filed for free agency

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Age Type 2016 Team 2016 Salary Class Compensation YakyuDB
OF 陽 岱鋼 Yoh, Daikan 29 Domestic Nippon Ham 160.00M B No player, 60% salary (~96M) Yomiuri
P 森福 允彦 Morifuku, Masahiko 30 Domestic Softbank 120.00M C None Yomiuri
OF 糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio 35 Domestic Orix 280.00M B Kazuyuki Kaneda + 40% salary (~112M) Hanshin
P 山口 俊 Yamaguchi, Shun 29 Domestic Yokohama 80.00M B Kentaro Taira + 40% salary (~32M) Yomiuri
P 岸 孝之 Kishi, Takayuki 31 International Seibu 225.00M A 80% salary (~180M) Rakuten
OF 栗山 巧 Kuriyama, Takumi 33 International Seibu 200.00M A Does not apply Seibu

Free Agent Classes

  • A = 80% of this year’s salary or 50% of this year’s salary plus one player
  • B = 60% of this year’s salary or 40% of this year’s salary plus one player
  • C = no compensation
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[11/9/2016] Free Agent Filing Period Ends

The free agent filing period ended on November 9. The commissioner’s office is scheduled to release a list of players that filed for free agency on November 10. Teams will be allowed to approach players on the list on November 11.

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[10/31/2016] Free Agent Filing Period Began Today

The free agent filing period started today. Players with options have until November 9 to file. The commissioner’s office will release a list of free agents on November 10. Negotiations can begin on November 11. The following posts are regularly updated with new information (titles are not changed all that often so do not let them fool you):

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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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