Tag Archive: Rumor Mill


[9/23/2017] Rakuten Eagles expected to offer Wheeler, Peguero, Amador, Herrmann new contracts

According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Rakuten Eagles are expected to offer thirty-year-old Zelous Wheeler, thirty-year-old Carlos Peguero, thirty-year-old Japhet Amador, and thirty-three-year-old Frank Herrmann new contracts for the 2018 season. With regards to Wheeler, they will most likely sign him to a two-year deal.

It is unclear what the Eagles plans are with twenty-seven-year-old Joshua Corrales and thirty-three-year-old Luis Cruz.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2017


[9/23/2017] Orix planning to offer Mamoru Kishida a new contract

Thirty-six-year-old Mamoru Kishida is in the final year of a three-year contract. The Orix Buffaloes are planning to offer him a new contract if he wants to keep playing in 2018. The Buffaloes like his experience and his popularity. Kishida will most likely have to take a large cut in salary based on his performance this year. He told reporters he felt he could still pitch and that he wanted to play for as long as possible.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2017


[9/23/2017] Yoshihisa Naruse not ready to hang up his uniform

Thirty-one-year-old Yoshihisa Naruse strongly wants to play next year. He made twelve starts at Ichi-gun this year and is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 16.2 innings of work.

The Yakult Swallows have not made any decisions on Naruse yet. The left-handed pitcher seems to be open to signing with another team.

Source: Sponichi 9/23/2017


[9/23/2017] Kazuo Matsui wants to continue playing in 2018

Forty-one-year-old Kazuo Matsui told reporters on September 22 that he wanted to continue playing next year. He said that he still had the desire to play and that that was the reason why he was still working hard.

Matsui is 16-for-76 with a slash line of .211/.277/.342 in forty-four Ichi-gun games this year. He is currently at Ni-gun. He started at designated hitter and batted third against Yakult on September 22. He went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/23/2017


[9/21/2017] Orix Buffaloes checked on talent in the US in August

The Orix Buffaloes sent scouts to the US for about a month in August to check on talent (with a focus on pitchers) at the MLB and Triple-A levels.

Stefen RomeroChris Marrero, and Brandon Dickson will be returning next year. The Buffaloes like Gonzalez Germen, but it is uncertain where he will end up next year. Phil Coke and Matt West struggled with injuries this year and are currently at Ni-gun.

Source: Sanspo 9/21/2017


[9/20/2017] Yakult Swallows planning to sit down with Wladimir Balentien

According to Sanspo, the Yakult Swallows are planning to sit down with Wladimir Balentien to talk about the 2018 season. Balentien is in the final year of a three-year contract that is worth an estimated three million US dollars this year. If the Swallows offer Balentien a new contract, it will most likely be a one-year deal.

The Swallows realize it is not easy to find a player on the foreign market that can hit thirty home runs a year. They are also short on players and losing him could create a big hole. However, nothing is set in stone with a new manager joining the fray and the Swallows continually checking the overseas market for new talent.

Source: Sanspo 9/20/2017

[UPDATE 9/23 @ 1:58am]

Balentien likes the Swallows and considered them his second home. He would like to return next year if possible. He is even open to finishing his career with the team.

Source: Sanspo 9/22/2017


[9/19/2017] Takahiro Arai will still have a big role in 2018

The Hiroshima Carp would like forty-year-old veteran Takahiro Arai to return next year. Arai also seems to be interested in remaining active. He told reporters that while he was at a point in his career where his own feelings were no longer enough to keep him going, he still felt motivated to play when he thought about the cheering fans.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2017


[9/18/2017] Joe Wieland expected to return in 2018

The media learned today that the Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in having Joe Wieland return next year. They apparently signed him to a one-year contract that includes a team option for 2018. Wieland told reporters he had not yet heard anything official but did enjoy playing in Japan and would be happy to return.

Source: Sanspo 9/18/2017, Daily Sports 9/18/2017, Sponichi 9/18/2017


[9/18/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines still on the fence with Wily Mo Pena

The Chiba Lotte Marines have not made a final decision on Wily Mo Pena, but appear to at least be interested in having him return next year.

Pena has a 29.2 SO% and an 8.2 BB%, but has also provided the team with some pop: thirteen doubles and thirteen home runs in sixty-one games through September 17.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2017


[9/18/2017] Kuan-Yu Chen expected to remain with Lotte

Twenty-six-year-old Kuan-Yu Chen is expected to remain with the Chiba Lotte Marines. The Marines are planning to offer him a contract because they are satisfied with his performance since he joined the team as a tryout player before the 2015 season. They also like that he can handle starting and relieving. Chen is said to be interested in staying with the team.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2017, Sponichi 9/18/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 140 86 50 4
Hanshin 135 73 59 3
Yokohama 135 68 63 4
Yomiuri 137 68 66 3
Chunichi 136 58 73 5
Yakult 137 44 91 2
Softbank 136 91 45 0
Seibu 137 77 57 3
Rakuten 130 71 57 2
Orix 133 61 71 1
Nippon Ham 133 52 81 0
Lotte 135 49 85 1
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