The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they selected twenty-one-year-old Kentaro Taira as compensation for their losing Shun Yamaguchi to the Yomiuri Giants. They will also receive forty percent of Yamaguchi’s 2016 salary (about thirty-two million yen). A press conference is scheduled for January 6.
[UPDATE 1/6 @ 10:18pm]
The Bay Stars held a pres conference for Taira earlier today. He was assigned the uniform number 59.
Source: Yokohama announcement0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants are planning to send Kazuma Okamoto, Hayato Takagi, and Kentaro Taira to play winter ball in Puerto Rico. Plans will become official as soon as all the paperwork clears. The Giants are hoping the overseas experience will help push them up to the next level.
Source: Sponichi 10/12/2016
[UPDATE 10/26 @ 6:09pm]
The Giants announced today that Takagi, Taira, and Okamoto will be sent to Puerto Rico from October 27 until early- to mid-December. They will be working out with the Gigantes de Carolina. Whether or not they get playing time has not yet been determined.
Source: Yomiuri announcement
[UPDATE 10/28 @ 2:41am]
Takagi, Taira, Okamoto, and Ni-gun training coach Yushi Aida left for Puerto Rico out of Narita Airport on October 27.
Source: Sanspo 10/27/20160 Comments