Lueke, Josh ルーキ (るーき)
Yakult Swallows | #53 | P
Born: 12/04/1984 (age 35)
Height: 193cm
Weight: 102kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: N/A
History: ノーザン・ケンタッキー大-マリナーズ-レイズ-メキシコ・シウダーデルカルメン
Roster Changes: removed 09/28/2016

[10/4/2017] Carlos Rivero, Dean Green return home

Carlos Rivero and Dean Green left for their homes out of Narita Airport today. Both players are interested in returning next year.

Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2017

[UPDATE 10/5 @ 12:42am]

David Buchanan also returned home out of Narita Airport on October 4.

Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2017

[UPDATE 10/6 @ 2:00am]

There is a chance thirty-two-year-old Josh Lueke will not be returning next year. Lueke left Japan out of Narita Airport on October 4. He skipped practices without permission on October 2 and was given a one-game suspension by the Yakult Swallows. The reason for his absence from practices may have had something to do with contract talks.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/5/2017

Preston Guilmet left Japan out of Haneda Airport on October 4.

Source: Sanspo 10/5/2017

[UPDATE 11/30 @ 2:44pm]

The Swallows are planning to acquire around three foreign pitchers this off-season (mostly relievers).

Source: Sports Hochi 11/30/2017


[11/14/2016] Yakult Swallows sign Josh Lueke to one-year extension

The Yakult Swallows signed Josh Lueke to a one-year extension worth an estimated 75 million yen.

Jae-Hoon Ha and Luis Perez are not expected to return next year.

Source: Sponichi 11/14/2016


[9/20/2016] Yakult Swallows might have to part ways with Wladimir Balentien

The Yakult Swallows may have to part ways with Wladimir Balentien after the current season. There are concerns about his defense and erratic hitting, combined with his high salary. They will discuss an extension, but may not be able to reach an agreement.

Side note: salary will most likely be the biggest hurdle. Remember, the Swallows have to deal with Tetsuto Yamada’s rising salary and may also be interested in Chunichi’s Ryosuke Hirata, should he decide to exercise his FA option.

If Balentien becomes available, he could be an interesting option as a designated hitter for Pacific League teams.

The Swallows are expected to offer Josh Lueke an extension. They will probably pass on Kyle Davies and Luis Perez.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/20/2016, Daily Sports 9/20/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/20/2016

[UPDATE 9/22 @ 1:14am]

The Swallows understand it might be difficult to replace a hitter like Balentien. If he asks for a multi-year deal, they might be willing to accept depending on the terms.

Source: Sanspo 9/21/2016

[UPDATE 9/22 @ 10:56pm]

Balentien is prepared to finish his career with the Swallows because they are the team that gave him the chance to play in Japan, a country he now considers his second home.

Source: Sponichi 9/22/2016, Daily Sports 9/22/2016, Sports Hochi 9/22/2016