Morifuku, Masahiko 森福 允彦 (もりふく・まさひこ)
Yomiuri Giants | #13 | P
Born: 07/28/1986 (age 33)
Height: 172cm
Weight: 66kg
Bats: L
Throws: L
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Aichi
Draft: 2006, 4th Round
History: 豊川高-シダックス-ソフトバンク

[12/2/2016] Masahiko Morifuku picks the Yomiuri Giants

Masahiko Morifuku visited YafuOku Dome on November 1 and formally told the Softbank Hawks that he wanted to sign with the Yomiuri Giants. The Giants are planning to hold a press conference for Morifuku on December 5.

Source: Daily Sports 12/1/2016, Daily Sports 12/2/2016

[UPDATE 12/5 @ 10:01pm]

The Giants held a press conference for Morifuku on December 5. He was assigned the uniform number 13. They also introduced Shun Yamaguchi.

Morifuku most likely agreed to a two-year deal worth an estimated total 400 million yen.

Source: Yomiuri announcement, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2016

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[2016 Free Agency] Masahiko Morifuku Rumors

Date Team Update
@ 04:55
Yomiuri The Giants’ offer could be three years at 400 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2016
@ 16:10
Yomiuri According to a report by ZakZak, there may be some concerns about Morifuku’s private life. He ran into some problems with a woman during a mini-camp for the 2013 WBC. It did not become a big deal because the Fukuoka media kept quiet about it. He, and subsequently the entire team, was also banned from a cabaret after problems developed between the two. The Giants are trying to distance themselves from scandals after a few of their players were caught gambling. The media also tends to keep a close eye on the team. Source: ZakZak 11/12/2016
@ 14:22
Yomiuri The meeting with the Giants lasted about twenty minutes. Yoshinobu Takahashi spoke to Morifuku over the phone during the meeting. The Giants see him as a setup option. General Manager Tatsuyoshi Tsutsumi attended the meeting. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2016
@ 14:13
Yomiuri The Giants most likely offered Morifuku a multi-year deal and the uniform number 13. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2016
@ 13:42
Yomiuri The Giants met Morifuku at a hotel in Fukuoka on November 11. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2016
@ 13:25
Yomiuri The Giants offer might be two-years at about 300 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2016
@ 02:07
Yomiuri The Giants could offer Morifuku the uniform number 12 and a two-year deal worth about 400 million yen. The uniform number 13 is also a possibility. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2016

Softbank’s last offer: multi-year contract
2016 Salary: 120 million yen

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[10/17/2016] Masahiko Morifuku could exercise FA option

Thirty-year-old Masahiko Morifuku is leaning towards exercising the domestic free agents option he earned earlier this year. A number of teams could show interest. He will not require compensation since he will be a class C free agent.

Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2016

[UPDATE 11/1 @ 4:56pm]

There is a good chance Morifuku will exercise his free agent option. He does like playing for Softbank, but is also interested in testing the market. He could be an interesting option for a team looking for a left-handed reliever, especially since he will most likely be a class C free agent (no compensation).

The Giants could be among teams that show interest.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2016

[UPDATE 11/3 @ 12:17pm]

Morifuku is planning to file for free agency on November 4. He has already inform the Hawks about his intentions.

Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2016

[UPDATE 11/4 @ 5:56pm]

Morifuku visited YafuOku Dome today with his agent and submitted paperwork to exercise his free agent option.

The Hawks most likely offered Morifuku an multi-year deal.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2016

[UPDATE 11/5 @ 3:02pm]

Morifuku is apparently not 100 percent satisfied with his role in the bullpen the last two seasons.

Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2016


[8/5/2016] Masahiko Morifuku earns domestic FA option

Masahiko Morifuku earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 8/5/2016