The Seibu Lions announced on December 12 that Tomoya Mori will return to Japan after he hurt his left knee. Mori felt discomfort in the knee while running out an infield grounder during a Melbourne Aces game three to four days ago.
Mori’s condition does not seem to be serious, but the Lions did not want to take any chances and decided to call him back from Australia. He will undergo tests after he returns to Japan.
Source: Tokyo Sports 12/12/2017
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The Seibu Lions announced today that they reached agreements with pitchers Neil Wagner and Fabio Castillo. The thirty-three-year-old Wagner was assigned the uniform number 12 and the twenty-eight-year-old Castillo the number 47.
According to media reports, Wagner’s deal will be worth 800,000 US dollars and Castillo’s 900,000 US dollars. The Lions are planning to use Wagner in relief and Castillo in the starting rotation.0 Comments
Seibu Lions’ official Haruhiko Suzuki told the media on December 11 that they received a list of unprotected players from the Yomiuri Giants. The Lions will check the list to see if there is a player they want as part of their compensation package for losing Ryoma Nogami. They are hoping to reach a decision by December 25.
[UPDATE 12/14 @ 4:50pm]
The Lions are planning to select a player as part of their compensation package. Pitching is a priority, but they are also open to selection a position player as well.0 Comments
Seibu’s Ginjiro Sumitani was named the ninth chairman of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association during a meeting at an Osaka hotel on December 7. Motohiro Shima stepped down after five years. Sumitani is the first player out of high school to make it to chairman. His term will be one year.
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Tawata (24) filed marriage papers in Tokyo with a twenty-five-year-old woman from Hokkaido earlier this year after the end of the regular season in October.0 Comments
Tatsushi Masuda is set to take over as the Seibu Lions new chief player representative. An official announcement will be made during a player meeting.
Source: Sanspo 11/28/2017
[UPDATE 11/30 @ 4:14am]
The Lions released their complete list of player representative officials on November 29.
Source: Seibu 11/29/20170 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced the following uniform number changes on November 23:
Staff uniform numbers:
Source: Seibu 11/23/20170 Comments
Tonosaki’s parents run an apple farm in Hirosaki, Aomori.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/20170 Comments
|—||The Seibu Lions announced that they filed paperwork to post Makita on December 11. Seibu 12/11/2017|
|—||The media learned on December 8 that Makita will most likely be posted some time next week. Sponichi 12/9/2017|
|—||Makita has apparently hired Steve Hilliard to represent him. Sponichi 12/1/2017|
|—||Makita could stay with the Lions depending on the kind of offers he receives. He said on November 23, “Will I get a major league offer? Do I stay if I get a minor league offer, or do I still go? Something I have to think about.” Sponichi 11/23/2017, Daily Sports 11/23/2017|
|—||Makita told reporters that he was going to wait for the offers to arrive and then pick the one with the best terms. Nikkan Sports 11/21/2017|
|—||Makita felt a strong push to try for the Majors after he pitched in a game against the Netherlands during this year’s World Baseball Classic, though he first told the Seibu Lions about his desire to go to the Majors during contract negotiations in 2014. He is prepared to wait into the New Year. Sponichi 11/19/2017, Daily Sports 11/19/2017|
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|Seibu||If the Lions decide to take a player as part of their compensation for losing Nogami, Hatsuhiko Tsuji would like them to go after a pitcher. Daily Sports 11/29/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2017, Sponichi 11/29/2017|
|Seibu||Nogami contacted the Lions on November 27 to let them know he will be signing with another team. Sanspo 11/28/2017, ZakZak 11/28/2017|
|Yomiuri||The media is reporting that Nogami has decided to sign with the Giants. He may have agreed to a three-year deal worth around 400 to 450 million yen. Nikkan Sports 11/28/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/28/2017, Sports Hochi 11/28/2017, Sponichi 11/28/2017, Daily Sports 11/28/2017|
|Yomiuri||The Giants may have come out on top. There could be announcement of a deal some time soon. Tokyo Sports 11/27/2017|
|Yomiuri||Giants GM Yoshitaka Katori told reporters on November 25 that they were interest in Nogami because of his durability and overall make-up (not just counting numbers like wins). Katori feels Nogami has the ability to become a number two or three pitcher in their rotation. Nikkan Sports 11/26/2017, Sponichi 11/26/2017, Daily Sports 11/26/2017|
|—||Nogami admitted on November 23 that he has received a number of offers and hoped to make a decision by early-December. Daily Sports 11/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/23/2017|
|Seibu||The Lions offered Nogami a three-year deal. Sponichi 11/22/2017|
|Yomiuri||The Giants are looking into Nogami because they are still not sure where Miles Mikolas is going to end up next year. Nikkan Sports 11/21/2017|
|Yokohama||The Bay Stars are expected to reach out to Nogami. Sports Hochi 11/19/2017|
|Seibu||The Lions are not planning to sit down with Nogami again because they feel the offer they made is sufficient. They met Nogami twice and improved their initial offer during their second meeting. Daily Sports 11/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2017, Sports Hochi 11/19/2017|