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Yuki Nishi 2018 Off-season Updates

Date Updates
12/19/2018 1:10am – The Buffaloes are planning to select a player as part of their compensation package from their Tigers. They are hoping to make a decision before the end of the year. Nikkan Sports 12/18/2018, Sponichi 12/18/2018
12/15/2018 3:10am – The Buffaloes received a list of unprotected players from the Tigers on December 14. Sports Hochi 12/14/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/14/2018
12/08/2018 10:49pm – Hanshin Tigers reach agreement with Yuki Nishi
12/06/2018 10:41pm – According to recent media reports, Nishi is planning to sign with the Tigers. Sanspo 12/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018, Daily Sports 12/6/2018
11/25/2018 5:23pm – The Tigers met Nishi for a second time in Osaka on November 24. Their meeting lasted about an hour. The Tigers focused on two main points: Koshien as a pitcher’s park and their hope that Nishi can lead a young group of pitchers. Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018, Sanspo 11/25/2018, Sponichi 11/25/2018, Daily Sports 11/25/2018
11/23/2018 10:26am – Orix’s meeting with Nishi on November 22 was apparently not about their offer, but rather about team plans and how they wanted him to be a part of them. Nikkan Sports 11/24/2018, Sponichi 11/24/2018 … 3:23am – Orix met Nishi for a third meeting on November 22. They may have sweetened their initial offer of four years and 800 million yen. Sports Hochi 11/23/2018
11/21/2018 2:40pm – Nishi met Softbank for a second meeting on November 20. With Hideto Asamura out of the picture, the Hawks can focus their efforts on Nishi (they might sweeten their offer). Nikkan Sports 11/21/2018, Sports Hochi 11/21/2018 … The Tigers might be willing to make adjustments to their offer, which is said to be three to four years at a base 250 million yen a year. Sponichi 11/21/2018
11/20/2018 2:40pm – Nishi has finished his first round of negotiations (Orix, Softbank, Hanshin, Yokohama). He is planning to meet everyone at least one more time. Daily Sports 11/20/2018
11/17/2018 1:53pm – The Tigers met Nishi for negotiations on November 16. It was their first meeting. They may have offered a multi-year contract worth about 250 million yen a year. Discussions reportedly focused more on expectations and general team goals than money. The meeting lasted thirty to forty minutes. Sponichi 11/17/2018 … The Hawks met Nishi in Osaka on November 15. … Nikkan Sports 11/17/2018 … The Hawks’ offer may have been four years and about 1.5 billion yen. Source: Sanspo 11/17/2018
11/16/2018 11:16am – The Tigers reached out to Nishi’s agent on November 15. They might go three to four years at around 250 million yen a year. The Hawks also spoke to Nishi’s agent and may have offered four years at up to around two billion yen (or four years and one billion yen, or four years and base 1.6 billion yen that can go up to around two billion yen after incentives). Yokohama is interested in Nishi, but they want to avoid getting into a bidding war. Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sponichi 11/16/2018, Sports Hochi 11/16/2018
11/15/2018 11:43am  – Latest offer rumors: Orix reportedly started at four years and 800 million yen and pushed up to four years and one billion yen to stay competitive (Daily Sports 11/15/2018); Softbank could go up to four years and two billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/15/2018). … Orix is open to sitting down with Nishi again. Sanspo 11/15/2018
11/9/2018 12:03pm – The Dragons usually stay away from bidding wars and this may be no exception. With Softbank and Hanshin expected to make fairly strong offers, the Dragons might decide to avoid the process from the start. Sanspo 11/9/2018
11/8/2018 11:26am – Latest offer rumors: Orix four years around 200 million yen a year (Daily Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018); Hanshin three to four years about 250 million yen a year (Sponichi 11/8/2018); Softbank four years around 2 billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/8/2018), four years about one billion (Sanspo 11/8/2018). … The Dragons are still interested. Sponichi 11/8/2018 … 5:35am – Nishi submitted paperwork to exercise his free agent option on November 7. He spoke to members of the media after his meeting with Orix officials. The Buffaloes again told him they needed him next year and said they were not going to pull their offer from the table even if he decided to exercise his option. Nishi told the Buffaoes he appreciated their offer, but still wanted to know what other teams felt about him. Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018, Sponichi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018 … The Tigers are planning to reach out to Nishi as soon as possible. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018 … The Hawks are still interested. Sports Hochi 11/7/2018
11/5/2018 Nishi is apparently planning to exercise his option. He could file as early as today. The Orix Buffaloes’ offer may have been four years. The salary might be around 200 million yen. Daily Sports 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018
11/4/2018 Nikkan Sports is reporting that Nishi will probably exercise his option because he is interested in testing the market. Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018 … The Hawks will be looking into Nishi. Sponichi 11/4/2018
10/31/2018 The Hanshin Tigers might be willing to offer four years at around two billion yen. Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018
10/24/2018 The Chunichi Dragons are interested. Nikkan Sports 10/24/2018
10/22/2018 The Tigers are still interested in Nishi. Daily Sports 10/22/2018, Sports Hochi 10/22/2018
10/17/2018 The Buffaloes have already made Nishi a multi-year offer, possibly three to four years. Daily Sports 10/17/2018, Sponichi 10/17/2018
10/15/2018 Norifumi Nishimura met Nishi on October 14 and asked him for help next season. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018
10/10/2018 The Bay Stars are also looking into Nishi. Sports Hochi 10/10/2018
10/6/2018 The Softbank Hawks are interested. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018
10/5/2018 Nishi earned his domestic free agent option this year. He is planning to consider all his options, including asking the Buffaloes to post him, after the season. The Hanshin Tigers are among teams interested if he becomes a free agent. Sanspo 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018

[10/29/2018] Orix Buffaloes reach agreement with Joey Meneses

The Orix Buffaloes announced that they acquired twenty-six-year-old Joey Meneses. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 100 million yen. Meneses has not yet been assigned a uniform number.

Source: Orix 10/29/2018, Daily Sports 10/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/29/2018, Sports Hochi 10/29/2018, Sanspo 10/29/2018

[UPDATE 10/30 @ 1:34pm]

Media reports from today put the one-year deal at an estimated one million US dollars.

Source: Sanspo 10/30/2018, Sponichi 10/30/2018

[UPDATE 12/5 @ 1:14pm]

The Buffaloes announced that Meneses was assigned the uniform number 33.

Source: Orix 12/4/2018


2018 Orix Buffaloes Draft Results

Round Name Pos Team T B Ht Wt DOB NK SA SP SH DS TC
1 太田 椋
Ota, Ryo
INF 天理高
Tenri HS
R R 181 76 2001/02/14 B B B B B B
2 頓宮 裕真
Tongu, Yuma
INF 亜細亜大
Asia U


181 97 1996/11/17 B B B B B B
3 荒西 祐大
Aranishi, Yudai
P Honda熊本
Honda Kumamoto
R R 178 83 1992/08/26 B C B B   B
4 富山 凌雅
Tomiyama, Ryoga
P トヨタ自動車
Toyota Jidosha
L L 178 82 1997/05/03   B B B B  
5 宜保 翔
Gibo, Sho
INF 未来沖縄
Mirai Okinawa HS
R L 174 67 2000/11/26 B B B   C C
6 左澤 優
Hidarisawa, Yu
P JX-ENEOS L L 172 75 1994/12/28 B C B      
7 中川 圭太
Nakagawa, Keita
INF 東洋大
Toyo U
R R 180 76 1996/04/12 B C B C B B
I1 漆原 大晟
Urushihara, Taisei
P 新潟医療福祉大
Niigata Iryo Fukushi U
R L 182 83 1996/09/10 C B C   C  


  • Lottery Ticket Picker: Manager Norifumi Nishimura
    • First Pick: 小園 海斗 Kozono, Kaito

Orix Buffaloes 2019 Coaching Staff

Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
77 監督
Norifumi Nishimura
76 ヘッドコーチ
Head Coach
Naoyuki Kazaoka
81 野手総合兼打撃コーチ
General Pos Player/Hitting Coach
So Taguchi
73 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
Ikuo Takayama
72 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
Masafumi Hirai
74 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
Shinji Shimoyama
83 内野守備走塁コーチ
Infield/Base Coach
Hironori Suguro
75 外野守備走塁コーチ
Outfield/Base Coach
Manabu Satake
82 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
Fumihiro Suzuki
90 ブルペンコーチ
Bullpen Coach
Shusaku Beppu

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
78 監督
Satoshi Nakajima
86 チーフコーチ兼打撃コーチ
Chief/Hitting Coach
Osamu Yonemura
89 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
Hiroshi Kobayashi
88 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
Satoshi Komatsu
71 藤井康雄
Hitting Coach
Yasuo Fujii
94 内野守備走塁コーチ
Infield/Base Coach
Mitsutaka Goto
84 外野守備走塁コーチ
Outfield/Base Coach
Daisuke Hayakawa
70 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
Takashi Miwa

Ikusei Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
85 育成チーフコーチ
Ikusei Chief Coach
Keijiro Yumioka
80 育成コーチ
Ikusei Coach
Tsutomu Sakai
79 育成コーチ
Ikusei Coach
Ryutaro Tsuji
87 育成コーチ
Ikusei Coach
Toshio Saito

Source: Orix 10/22/2018


[10/20/2018] Orix Buffaloes could be close to deal with Joey Meneses

According to a number of reports, the Orix Buffaloes are in negotiations with twenty-six-year-old Joey Meneses. Assuming no major issues, the Buffaloes could make an announcement of a deal soon.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2018, Sports Hochi 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018


Orix Buffaloes: 2018 Fall Camp

The Orix Buffaloes released some information about fall camp:

  • November 2 (Fri) – 17 (Sat)
  • Days off: November 6 (Tue), 12 (Mon)
  • Venue: Kochi Tobu Baseball Field in Kochi

Source: Orix 10/12/2018


2018 Orix Buffaloes Phoenix League Roster

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P K-鈴木 Kohei Suzuki
P 小林 慶祐 Keisuke Kobayashi
P 齋藤 綱記 Koki Saito
P 黒木 優太 Yuta Kuroki
P 榊原 翼 Tsubasa Sakakibara
P 山崎 颯一郎 Soichiro Yamazaki
P 青山 大紀 Daiki Aoyama
P 吉田 凌 Ryo Yoshida
P 鈴木 優 Yu Suzuki
P 岩本 輝 Akira Iwamoto
P 神戸 文也 Fumiya Kanbe
C 高城 俊人 Shuto Takajo
C 西村 凌 Ryo Nishimura
C 稲富 宏樹 Hiroki Inatomi
C フェリペ Felipe Kissu De Souza
INF 宗 佑磨 Yuma Mune
INF 山足 達也 Tatsuya Yamaashi
INF 岡崎 大輔 Daisuke Okazaki
INF 廣澤 伸哉 Shinya Hirosawa
INF 比屋根 彰人 Akihito Hiyane
OF 西浦 颯大 Hayato Nishiura
OF 根本 薫 Kaoru Nemoto
OF 佐野 皓大 Kodai Sano
OF 張 奕 Yaku Cho

Source: Orix 10/5/2018


[10/5/2018] Norifumi Nishimura to take over as new Orix manager

The Orix Buffaloes announced on October 5 that Head Coach Norifumi Nishimura will take over as their new manager. They Buffaloes selected Nishimura because of his knowledge of the team and of the Pacific League. A press conference is scheduled for October 11.

Source: Orix 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Nikkei 10/5/2018, Jiji 10/5/2018

[UPDATE 10/11 @ 11:22pm]

The Buffaloes held a press conference for Nishimura at a hotel in Osaka on October 11.

Source: Orix 10/11/2018

[UPDATE 10/12 @ 4:51pm]

According to media reports, Nishimura agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated sixty million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2018, Sports Hochi 10/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2018


2018 Orix Buffaloes Staff Changes/Updates

Status Name JPN Name ENG Current Position Notes Official
MV 勝呂寿統 Hironori Suguro Ni-gun INF/Base Coach [10/22] Suguro was named Ichi-gun infield/base coach. … [10/19] Suguro could be reassigned to Ichi-gun infield/base coach. Sponichi 10/19/2018 10/22
MV 藤井康雄 Yasuo Fujii Ichi-gun Hitting Coach [10/22] Fujii was named Ni-gun hitting coach. … [10/19] Fujii will most likely be reassigned to Ni-gun hitting coach. Sponichi 10/19/2018 10/22
OUT 川端崇義 Takayoshi Kawabata Ikusei Coach [10/15] The Orix Buffaloes announced that they received and accepted Kawabata’s request to step down. 10/15
福原峰夫 Mineo Fukuhara Former Yokohama Ni-gun Coach [10/09] The Buffaloes could offer Fukuhara a job as Ni-gun Infield/Base coach. Sports Hochi 10/9/2018  
MV 弓岡敬二 Keijiro Yumioka Ni-gun Head Coach [10/22] Yumioka was named Ikuse chief coach. … [10/09] Yumioka could take over as Ni-gun manager next year. Sports Hochi 10/9/2018 10/22
MV 西村徳文 Norifumi Nishimura Ichi-gun Head Coach [10/05] The Buffaloes announced that Nishimura will take over as the new manager. … [10/05] Offered job as Ichi-gun manager. Announcement could come as soon as the season ends. Sanspo 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018 10/5
MV 風岡尚幸 Naoyuki Kazaoka Ichi-gun INF/Base Coach [10/22] Kazaoka was named head coach. … [10/06] Expected to take over as head coach. Sanspo 10/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/7/2018, Daily Sports 10/18/2018 10/22
MV 田口壮 So Taguchi Ni-gun Manager [10/22] Taguchi was named Ichi-gun pos. player/hitting coach. … [10/19] Taguchi is expected to become an Ichi-gun pos. player coach/hitting coach. Sponichi 10/19/2018 … [10/06] Expected to take over as Ichi-gun General Position Player Coach. Sanspo 10/6/2018 … [10/05] Offered job as Ichi-gun head coach. Sanspo 10/5/2018 10/22
MV 福良淳一 Junichi Fukura Ichi-gun Manager [10/22] The Bufalloes announced that Fukura will take over as player development general manager. … [10/22] Fukura will take over as a player development general manager in 2019. Sports Hochi 10/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2018 … [10/06] Stepped down as manager and offered position in front office. Sponichi 10/6/2018 10/22

See also


2018 Orix Buffaloes Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes Official
OUT ローチ Donn Roach [11/26] The Buffaloes announced that Roach will not be returning next year. Sanspo 11/27/2018 … [11/23] Roach is not expected to return in 2019. Sports Hochi 11/23/2018  
OUT 中島宏之 Hiroyuki Nakajima [11/17] The Giants might be close to signing Nakajima. They might be working on a one-year deal worth about 150 million yen. They might also offer him the uniform number 5. Nikkan Sports 11/17/2018 … [11/14] There is a good chance the Giants will contact Nakajima, most likely with a nod from Hara. Sponichi 11/14/2018, Daily Sports 11/14/2018, Sanspo 11/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2018 … [11/03] The Yomiuri Giants are planning to look into Nakajima. There is the WBC connection between Hara and Nakajima. Daily Sports 11/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/3/2018, Sponichi 11/3/2018 … [11/03] The Seibu Lions do not seem interested. They also do not have the room. Tokyo Sports 11/3/2018 … [11/02] According to reports from this morning, Nakajima’s agent asked the Buffaloes for his clients release after negotiations broke down between the two parties. The Buffaloes are expected to place Nakajima on waivers. Daily Sports 11/2/2018, Sports Hochi 11/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/2/2018, Sponichi 11/2/2018, Daily Sports 11/2/2018 … [10/29] Nakajima could end up becoming a free agent. His options might be to either take a significant cut in salary or become a free agent. Nakajima finished off a three-year contract last season. An option was exercised and his salary remained at an estimated 350 million yen this year. Nikkan Sports 10/29/2018 11/02
STAY マレーロ Chris Marrero [11/26] The Buffaloes announced that they signed Marrero to a contract for the 2019 season. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 600,000 US dollars. Sanspo 11/27/2018, Sponichi 11/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/26/2018 … [11/23] Marrero might end up returning to Orix next year. Sports Hochi 11/23/2018 … [10/23] The Hanshin Tigers could be interested. Sponichi 10/23/2018 … [10/08] The Buffaloes might not offer Marrero a new contract. Sanspo 10/8/2018 11/26
STAY ディクソン Brandon Dickson [10/08] Dickson will be in the second year of a two-year contract next season. Sanspo 10/8/2018  
STAY ロメロ Stefen Romero [10/06] Romero will be in the second year of a three-year contract next year. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018  
西勇輝 Yuki Nishi Yuki Nishi 2018 Off-season Updates  
金子千尋 Chihiro Kaneko Chihiro Kaneko 2018 Off-season Updates  
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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