Twenty-five-year-old Po-Jung Wang updates from various sources:
[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:43am]
Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters the Lions were not planning to make a move for Wang.
[UPDATE 11/14 @ 1:02pm]
According to ZakZak, it might cost any team interested in Wang 100 million yen in posting fees and over 200 million yen a year in salary.
Source: ZakZak 11/14/2018
[UPDATE 11/21 @ 12:30am]
The Nippon Ham Fighters have apparently won rights to negotiate with Wang. They will have thirty days to work out an agreement.
[UPDATE 11/30 @ 2:35pm]
Negotiations between the Fighters and Wang are continuing to move forward. The two sides might be able to reach an agreement in early December.
[UPDATE 12/3 @ 11:14pm]
The Fighters are reportedly close to reaching an agreement with Wang. They could finalize a formal agreement some time this week.
Source: Daily Sports 12/3/2018
[UPDATE 12/7 @ 2:20pm]
According to media reports from Taiwan, the Fighters could be close to finalizing a four-year deal worth an estimate 500 million yen with Wang. A press conference is scheduled for December 19.
[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:05pm]
The Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with Wang. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number.
[UPDATE 12/8 @ 2:31pm]
Sponichi and Nikkan Sports are reporting that the two side agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated 400 million yen in total, plus incentives. The Fighters will hold a press conference for Wang in Taiwan on December 19 and at Sapporo Dome on December 21.
[UPDATE 12/20 @ 4:42am]
The Fighters held a press conference for Wang in Taiwan on December 19. He was assigned the uniform number 99.
Source: Nippon Ham 12/19/2018
[UPDATE 12/22 @ 5:38am]
The Fighters held a press conference for Wang at Sapporo Dome on December 21.
Source: Nippon Ham 12/21/20180 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers are interested in thirty-one-year-old Byung-Ho Park (KBO LG, KBO Nexen, MLB Minnesota) as an option for the 2019 season. Thirty-year-old Jung-Ho Kang (KBO Hyundai, KBO Nexen, MLB Pittsburgh) and twenty-nine-year-old Hyun-Soo Kim (KBO Doosan, MLB Baltimore, MLB Philadelphia, KBO LG) are other possibilities. This is in addition to twenty-four-year-old Po-Jung Wang (CPBL Lamigo).
It should be noted that a number of other NPB teams are also interested in Wang, like the Chunichi Dragons, Orix Buffaloes, Yomiuri Giants, and Softbank Hawks.
The Tigers are also keeping an eye on thirty-five-year-old Seung-Hwan Oh (KBO Samsung, NPB Hanshin, MLB St. Louis). They currently have no openings in the bullpen, but that could change if someone gets hurt or struggles. There are also rumors that Oh might be interested in a return to the NPB.
Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2017, Daily Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Sponichi 12/30/2017, Sanspo 12/30/2017, Sanspo 12/30/20170 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers are interested in twenty-four-year-old outfielder Po-Jung Wang. The Tigers are planning to continue sending someone to keep an eye on him next year. They are hoping to find out how much it might cost to acquire him.
A number of other NPB are also said to be interested: Yomiuri, Softbank, Seibu, and Lotte. MLB teams could also get involved. However, there are rumors that Wang is currently interested in the NPB and is a fan of Yuki Yanagita (Softbank) and Yoshio Itoi (Hanshin).
Wang is a member of the Lamigo Monkeys (CPBL). He batted over .400 the last two seasons (200-for-483, .414/.476/.689 in 2016 and 178-for-437, .407/.491/.700 in 2017) and could earn his international free agent option next year.0 Comments
The media learned on May 10 that the Hanshin Tigers may have been checking on Lamigo outfielder Po-Jung Wang earlier this month. A team official told reporters they were in Taiwan to research business operations, but may have also been looking at various talent for future consideration since they were already in the area.
Wang was in Japan earlier this year with the CPBL team. He went 3-for-3 in an exhibition game against Samurai Japan and blasted a two-run home run off Takahiro Norimoto.
Source: Sports Hochi 5/11/2017
[UPDATE 5/13 @ 5:42pm]
Seibu Lions’ Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe was also in Taiwan checking on Wang.
Source: Sports Hochi 5/13/20170 Comments