Tag Archive: Player Movement

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[12/25/2018] Yakult Swallows finalize contracts with Balentien, Buchanan, Huff, McGough, Suarez

The Yakult Swallows announced that they finalized salaries and contracts for five foreign players.

  • Wladimir Balentien – one-year contract at four million US dollars (up one million US dollars)
  • David Buchanan – second year of a two-year contract at 2.5 million US dollars (up 1.25 million US dollars)
  • David Huff – one-year contract at 650,000 US dollars (down 650,000 US dollars)
  • Scott McGough – one-year contract at 450,000 US dollars, uniform number 37
  • Albert Suarez – one-year contract at 500,000 US dollars, uniform number 70

(Salaries are estimates)

Source: Yakult 12/25/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/25/2018, Sponichi 12/25/2018, Sports Hochi 12/25/2018, Daily Sports 12/25/2018, Daily Sports 12/25/2018

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[12/13/2018] Yakult Swallows reach agreement with Albert Suarez

The media learned on December 12, through Yakult Swallows official Masayuki Okumura, that the Yakult Swallows have reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old Albert Suarez. The right-handed pitcher is the older brother of Softbank’s Robert Suarez.

Source: Sanspo 12/12/2018, Sanspo 12/13/2018

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YAK HAM

[12/11/2018] Nippon Ham, Yakult agree on two-for-two trade

The Nippon Ham Fighters and Yakult Swallows agreed on a trade. The Fighters will send twenty-seven-year-old Hirotoshi Takanashi and twenty-one-year-old Kengo Ota to the Swallows for twenty-nine-year-old Ryo Akiyoshi and twenty-seven-year-old Ryota Yachi.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/11/2018, Yakult 12/11/2018

[UPDATE 12/18 @ 10:44am]

The Fighters held a press conference for Akiyoshi and Yachi on December 17. They were assigned the uniform numbers 39 and 32, respectively.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/17/2018

[UPDATE 12/19 @ 1:09am]

The Swallows held a press conference for Takanashi and Ota on December 18. Takanashi was assigned the uniform number 14, Ota the number 46.

Source: Yakult 12/18/2018

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HAN

[12/8/2018] Hanshin Tigers reach agreement with Yuki Nishi

The Hanshin Tigers announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Yuki Nishi. He was assigned the uniform number 16. According to media reports, he agreed to a four-year deal worth an estimated one billion yen in total.

  • Nishi met with the Tigers for a third time on December 7 at a hotel in Osaka. Hanshin Manager Akihiro Yano joined the discussions for the first time.
  • Nishi’s agent turned down the Softbank Hawks on Friday morning (12/7). Nishi contacted the Orix Buffaloes around noon to inform them of his decision.
  • The Hawks offer may have been four years and  about two billion yen in total.

Source: Hanshin 12/7/2017, Sponichi 12/8/2018, Sponchi 12/8/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, ZakZak 12/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018, Daily Sports 12/8/2018, Daily Sports 12/7/2018, Daily Sports 12/7/2018, Sanspo 12/7/2018, Sports Hochi 12/7/2018

[UPDATE 12/15 @ 3:10am]

The Tigers held a press conference for Nishi at a hotel in Osaka on December 14. He was assigned the uniform number 16

Source: Hanshin 12/14/2018, Daily Sports 12/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2018

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YOM

[12/6/2018] Yomiuri looking to sign Reimin Ramos and Israel Mota to Ikusei contracts

According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Yomiuri Giants are trying to sign twenty-two-year-old Reimin Ramos and twenty-two-year-old Israel Mota to Ikusei contracts. The two attended tryouts held by the Giants in the Dominican Republic last moth and passed.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:00pm]

The Giants announced that they reached agreements with Ramos and Mota. Ramos was assigned the uniform number 025 and Mota 014. Both players are slated to arrive in Japan in late-January.

Source: Yomiuri 12/7/2018

[UPDATE 12/8 @ 2:35pm]

According to Daily Sports, the two players are slated to make an estimated 20,000 US dollars next year.

Source: Daily Sports 12/8/2018

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[12/6/2018] Yomiuri Giants reach agreement with Hisashi Iwakuma

The Yomiuri Giants announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-seven-year-old Hisashi Iwakuma. A formal agreement, followed by a press conference, will be made on a later date.

Source: Sponichi 12/6/2018, Daily Sports 12/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/6/2018, Sanspo 12/7/2018

[UPDATE 12/20 @ 4:35am]

The Giants held a press conference for Iwakuma on December 19. He was assigned the uniform number 21. According to media reports, Iwakuma agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty million yen.

Source: Yomiuri 12/19/2018, Daily Sports 12/19/2018, Sponichi 12/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/19/2018

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[12/6/2018] Chiba Lotte Marines sign veteran Toru Hosokawa

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-eight-year-old Toru Hosokawa. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to various media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifteen million yen.

Source: Lotte 12/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018, Sponichi 12/6/2018

[UPDATE 1/12 @ 3:28am]

Hosokawa has been assigned the uniform number 55.

Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/11/2019

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RAK

[12/6/2018] Rakuten Eagles to add Jabari Blash

The Rakuten Eagles are close to adding twenty-nine-year-old Jabari Blash. Team official Hiroshi Abei told reporters on December 5 that they were still doing the paperwork and that a formal announcement could be made as early as December 7.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018, Sponichi 12/6/2018

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:11pm]

The Eagles announced that they reached an agreement with Blash. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to Daily Sports, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 120 million yen.

Source: Rakuten 12/7/2018, Sports Hochi 12/7/2018, Daily Sports 12/7/2018

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[12/6/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Justin Hancock

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Justin Hancock. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated seventy million yen.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/5/2018, Sanspo 12/5/2018, Daily Sports 12/5/2018, Sports Hochi 12/5/2018, Sponichi 12/5/2018, Sponichi 12/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/5/2018

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[12/5/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Chihiro Kaneko

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with Chihiro Kaneko. The Fighters could hold a press conference for Kaneko when he visits Sapporo next week to finalize their agreement.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/4/2018, Daily Sports 12/4/2018, Sports Hochi 12/4/2018, Sponichi 12/4/2018, Sponichi 12/4/2018, Sponichi 12/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2018, Sanspo 12/5/2018

[UPDATE 12/11 @ 6:11pm PST]

The Fighters held a press conference for Kaneko on December 10. He was assigned the uniform number 19. According to media reports, he agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 150 million yen plus incentives.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/10/2018Daily Sports 12/10/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2018, Sponichi 12/10/2018

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