The Hanshin Tigers signed twenty-nine-year-old Rafael Dolis and thirty-three-year-old Marcos Mateo to contracts for the 2018 season. Dolis agreed to a deal worth 125 million yen (up seventy-five million yen from this year; 1,100,000 US dollars) and Mateo 190 million yen (up eighty million yen from this year; 1,700,000 US dollars).
Added dollar amounts on 12/12 @ 11:30am.
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When Rafael Dolis took the mound in the eleventh inning of tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Koshien Stadium, he became the fifth reliever on the Hanshin Tigers’ roster to appear in sixty or more games this season.
The Tigers are the first team in NPB history to have five pitchers reach sixty or more appearances in the same season. They are also the first team in NPB history to have six pitchers reach fifty or more appearances in the same season (Kyuji Fujikawa pitched in his fiftieth game).
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The Hanshin Tigers would like Rafael Dolis (29) and Marcos Mateo (33) to return in 2018 based on their performances so far this year. The Tigers are expected to begin formal negotiations with their agents after the season. They have not yet made a decision on Jason Rogers.
[UPDATE 9/12 @ 1:35am]
There is a good chance the Tigers will part ways with Rogers (29) and Eric Campbell (30). They want an impact hitter and neither has managed to fill the role. They have an interest in Alex Guerrero (30).
Source: Sanspo 9/11/2017
[UPDATE 10/19 @ 1:30am]
The Tigers are expected to offer twenty-seven-year-old Roman Mendez a contract for next year, as well as Mateo and Dolis.
Randy Messenger will be in the second year of a two-year contract next season.
Campbell and Rogers are not expected to return to the Tigers next year.
Thirty-three-year-old Luis Mendoza left for Mexico out of Shin Chitose Airport on October 18.
[UPDATE 10/19 @ 6:07pm]
Dolis and Mateo flew back to their homes out of Kansai International Airport today.
Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2017
[UPDATE 10/21 @ 12:17am]
Messenger left for the United States out of Kansai International Airport on October 20. The Tigers officially announced on October 20 that Messenger will be back next year.
[UPDATE 10/23 @ 1:42am]
Mendez returned to the Dominican Republic on October 22.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2017
[UPDATE 10/23 @ 10:50pm]
According to Sanspo, the Tigers will most likely part ways with Mendez.
Source: Sanspo 10/23/2017
[UPDATE 11/25 @ 10:19pm]
The Tigers are close to finalizing new one-year contracts with Mateo and Dolis.0 Comments
Rafael Dolis missed practices before yesterday’s game against the Yakult Swallows because he was not feeling well. He was taken to a hospital for a check-up before the game and was not available to pitch.0 Comments
Rafael Dolis did not pitch in today’s game against the Chunichi Dragons. Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters he wanted to give Dolis an extra day of rest (today and tomorrow) because the closer was starting to develop a little tightness in his shoulder.
[UPDATE 5/2 @ 12:22pm]
Dolis is slated to return to his role as closer today.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/2/20170 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old Rafael Dolis. He was assigned the uniform number 98 (no change from last year). According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a deal worth an estimated fifty million yen.0 Comments
According to a report posted at Daily Sports, the Hanshin Tigers are close to finalizing a new contract with twenty-nine-year-old Rafael Dolis. A few details still need to be worked out. If negotiations continue to proceed smoothly, he could arrive in Japan a little later this month.
Source: Daily Sports 2/4/2017
[UPDATE 2/10 @ 10:57pm]
The two sides are still working out the fine details. Dolis could join the team some time during the fourth block of camp (some time after February 15).
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/10/2016
[UPDATE 2/14 @ 12:42am]
Dolis could arrive in Okinawa on February 15, in time for the start of the fourth block of camp on February 16. Assuming no issues, he could toss batting practice on February 17 and pitch in an intra-squad game on February 22.
Source: Sponichi 2/13/2017
[UPDATE 2/14 @ 11:17pm]
Dolis is scheduled to arrive in Japan on February 15. The Tigers will set his assignment after they see him pitch in an intra-squad game on February 22.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers have been keeping an eye on Rafael Dolis. They are still interested in his services, but are worried about his right elbow. They will most likely offer him a contract if they feel his elbow is fully healed.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/14/2016
[UPDATE 12/29 @ 9:43pm]
The Tigers are satisfied with Dolis’ health and in currently negotiating a new contract. An announcement could be made after the New Year break.
Source: Sanspo 12/29/2016
[UPDATE 1/7 @ 12:04am]
Dolis is scheduled to pitch in a scrimmage on January 9. He is set to face six batters and throw up to forty pitches. There will be an eight-minute break after he faces three hitters.
The Tigers are planning to send someone to the Dominican Republic to check on the outing.
Source: Daily Sports 1/6/2017
[UPDATE 1/12 @ 11:31pm]
Dolis faced six hitters on January 9 (Japan time January 10) and threw forty-five pitches. He did not allow a hit or run. He struck out two and recorded three ground ball outs.
Source: Daily Sports 1/12/20170 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers announced that Rafael Dolis returned to the Dominican Republic to get a second opinion and treatment for his right elbow.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/24/20160 Comments
Rafael Dolis (right elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun practice game against Yamato Takada Club on September 13. He started the game and tossed a perfect inning (F6, Kl, L1) and topped out at 148km/h.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/20160 Comments