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[7/1/2017] Hanshin Tigers reach agreement with Jason Rogers

The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they reached an agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates and twenty-nine-year-old Jason Rogers. He could arrive in Japan some time next week and will spend some time at Ni-gun. He might not make the active roster until after the All-Star break.

Source: Hanshin 7/1/2017, Tokyo Sports 7/1/2017, Tokyo Sports 7/1/2017

[UPDATE 7/2 @ 4:33pm]

The Tigers will hold a press conference for Rogers once he arrives in Japan. He will be limited to what he can do until his work visa clears. This could keep him from playing in any games until after the All-Star break. Tomoaki Kanemoto is planning to use Rogers primarily as a first baseman.

Source: Sponichi 7/2/2017

[UPDATE 7/4 @ 4:26pm]

Rogers is expected to arrive in Japan some time this week.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/4/2017

[UPDATE 7/7 @ 1:37am]

The Tigers announced on July 6 that Rogers arrived in Japan. They are scheduled to hold a press conference for him on July 7.

Source: Daily Sports 7/6/2017, Sponichi 7/6/2017

[UPDATE 7/7 @ 4:55pm]

The Tigers held a press conference for Rogers at their team office in Nishinomiya today. He was assigned the uniform number 48.

According to media reports, he agreed to a contract worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars (good for the rest of the season).

Source: Daily Sports 7/7/2017, Sports Hochi 7/7/2017, Sponichi 7/7/2017

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HAM

[6/29/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Yadir Drake

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old outfielder Yadir Drake. He was assigned the uniform 52. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal (through to the end of the season) worth an estimated fifteen million yen plus incentives.

Source: Nippon Ham 6/29/2017, Jiji 6/29/2017

[UPDATE 6/30 @ 11:47am]

If Drake arrives in Japan today, he could play in tomorrow’s Ni-gun game against Seibu at Kamagaya.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/30/2017

[UPDATE 7/1 @ 1:49am]

The Fighters held a press conference for Drake on June 30.

Source: Nippon Ham 6/30/2017

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RAK

[6/12/2017] Rakuten Eagles reach agreement with Josh Corrales

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old Josh Corrales. He was assigned the uniform number 93. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated six million yen.

Corrales was 6-1 with a 1.06 ERA and a K/9 of 10.59 in eight games with the Toyama GRN Thunderbirds (BC League) this season. The Eagles see him as an arm they might be able to use out of the bullpen.

Source: Rakuten 6/12/2017, Sports Hochi 6/12/2017, Jiji 6/12/2017, Daily Sports 6/12/2017

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LOT

[5/18/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines reach agreement with Roel Santos

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old outfielder Roel Santos. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 200,000 US dollars (no signing bonus). He will come to Japan as soon as he obtains a work visa.

Source: Lotte 5/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/18/2017, Sports Hochi 5/18/2017, Daily Sports 5/18/2017, Sponichi 5/18/2017, Tokyo Sports 5/18/2017

[UPDATE 5/25 @ 2:30am]

Santos is set to arrive in Japan on May 25. Lotte is planning to hold a press conference for him at ZOZO Marine Stadium on May 26.

Source: Sanspo 5/24/2017

[UPDATE 5/26 @ 5:47pm]

The Marines held a press conference for Santos today. He was assigned the uniform number 10.

Source: Sponichi 5/26/2017

[UPDATE 5/27 @ 4:02pm]

Santos will most likely make his debut at Ni-gun against Nippon Ham at ZOZO Marine on May 30. Depending on how he does, he could make the active roster on either May 31 or June 1.

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2017

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SOF

[5/10/2017] Softbank Hawks sign Moinelo, Colas to Ikusei contracts

The Softbank Hawks announced today that they reached agreements with twenty-one-year-old pitcher Livan Moinelo and eighteen-year-old Oscar Colas. Both players agreed to Ikusei contracts. Moinelo was assigned the uniform number 143, Colas 144. The Hawks are planning to hold a press conference for the two players after they arrive in Japan.

Source: Softbank 5/10/2017

[UPDATE 5/10 @ 6:52pm]

According to Tokyo Sports, the two agreed to Ikusei contracts worth an estimated ten million yen each.

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/10/2017

[UPDATE 5/23 @ 6:57pm]

The Hawks held a press conference for Moinelo and Colas earlier today.

Source: Softbank 5/23/2017

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CHU

[2/26/2017] Chunichi Dragons sign two Cuban players to Ikusei contracts

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they reached agreements with twenty-four-year-old outfielder Leonardo Urgelles and twenty-year-old pitcher Raidel Martinez. Both players agreed to Ikusei contracts. Urgelles was assigned the uniform number 210, Martinez 211.

According to media reports, the players signed for an estimated ten million yen each.

Source: Chunichi 2/26/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/26/2017, Daily Sports 2/26/2017

[UPDATE 4/7 @ 10:15pm]

The Dragons announced today that Urgelles and Martinez arrive in Nagoya. A press conference is scheduled for tomorrow (April 8).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/7/2017

[UPDATE 4/12 @ 10:15pm]

The Dragons held a press conference for Urgelles and Martinez on April 8.

Source: Chunichi 4/8/2017

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SOF

[2/11/2017] Softbank Hawks add Alfredo Despaigne

The Softbank Hawks announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old Alfredo Despaigne. He was assigned the uniform number 54. The Hawks released the following statement from Despaigne:

I am happy for the opportunity to play for the Softbank Hawks, Japan’s strongest team. I feel this is a new start for me. I hope to make good use of my past experiences and will do my best to help the team win a championship.

To the Hawks fans: I will do my best to hit as many home runs as I can so please come out to the stadium.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated 1.2 billion yen (or an estimated 400 million yen a year).

Source: Softbank 2/11/2017, Tokyo Sports 2/11/2017, Sponichi 2/11/2017

[UPDATE 3/25 @ 9:39pm]

The Hawks held a press conference for Despaigne today.

Source: Softbank 3/25/2017

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HIR

[2/2/2017] Hiroshima Carp reach agreement with Ramiro Pena

The Hiroshima Carp announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old Ramiro Pena. He was assigned the uniform number 5. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a contract worth an estimated 650,000 US dollars plus incentives with a signing bonus worth an estimated 100,000 US dollars.

Source: Hiroshima 2/2/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2017, Sponichi 2/2/2017, Daily Sports 2/2/2017

[UPDATE 2/15 @ 6:47pm]

The Carp held a press conference for Pena today.

Source: Hiroshima 2/15/2017

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HAM

[1/11/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Edwin Escobar

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-four-year-old Edwin Escobar. He was assigned the uniform number 42. The Fighters released the following statement from Escobar:

I have been interested in Japanese baseball and was hoping for a chance to play when the Fighters gave me this wonderful opportunity. My family and I are grateful. I am looking forward to playing in Japan. More than anything, I am excited about joining the Fighters and helping them win consecutive championships.

According to reports by the media, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated ninety million yen.

Source: Nippon Ham announcement, Sports Hochi 1/11/2017, Daily Sports 1/11/2017, Nikkan Sports 1/11/2017

[UPDATE 2/1 @ 10:59pm]

The Fighters held a press conference for Escobar today.

Source: Nipppon Ham 2/1/2017

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CHU

[1/6/2017] Chunichi Dragons add Elvis Araujo, Jorge Rondon

The Chunichi Dragons officially announced today that they reached agreements with twenty-five-year-old Elvis Araujo and twenty-eight-year-old Jorge Rondon. Araujo was assigned the uniform number 49 and Rondon the uniform number 91.

According to media reports, Araujo agreed to a contract worth an estimated eighty million yen plus incentives and Rondon a contract worth an estimated fifty million yen plus incentives. Both players will also receive a signing bonus worth an estimated twenty million yen.

The Dragons also officially announced that they signed Jordan Norberto to a new contract worth an estimated thirty million yen plus incentives (no change over last year).

In other news, the media learned on January 5 that the Dragons are going to sign twenty-three-year-old Leonardo Urgelles to an Ikusei contract. Chunichi is planning to sign one more Cuban player (a pitcher) to an Ikusei contract.

Source: Chunichi announcement, Daily Sports 1/6/2017, Nikkan Sports 1/6/2017, Nikkan Sports 1/6/2017Sports Hochi 1/6/2017

[UPDATE 1/25 @ 4:45pm]

The Dragons held a press conference for Araujo and Rondon today.

Source: Chunichi announcement

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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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