The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on December 18 that they reached an agreement with thirty-six-year-old Shinya Tsuruoka. He was assigned the uniform number 22. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a two-year deal with a yearly salary of thirty million yen plus incentives.
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|Nippon Ham||Tsuruoka agreed to a two-year deal worth an estimated thirty million yen plus incentives. Sponichi 12/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/18/2017|
|Nippon Ham||Tsuruoka met the Fighters for a second time in Sapporo on December 18. A press conference is scheduled for the same day. Sponichi 12/18/2017, Sanspo 12/18/2017|
|Nippon Ham||Tsuruoka met with the Fighters at a hotel in Sapporo on November 3. The Fighters showed strong interest by offering a multi-year deal. Tsuruoka was grateful for the meeting and is open to returning to his former team. Daily Sports 12/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2017, Sponichi 12/3/2017|
|Nippon Ham||The Fighters announced that they are scheduled to meet Tsuruoka in Sapporo on November 3. They see as someone that can still contribute at Ichi-gun. Sanspo 12/1/2017|
|Nippon Ham||The Fighters are planning to sit down with Tsuruoka within the next few days. They could reach an agreement before the end of the year. Daily Sports 11/30/2017, Daily Sports 11/30/2017|
|—||Tsuruoka told reporters on November 24 that he has been carrying his mobile phone around with him, but has not received any offers. He did receive a call from Softbank Hawks Chairman Sadaharu Oh. Oh told Tsuruoka he supported his decision to exercise his free agent option. Nikkan Sports 11/25/2017|
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Thirty-six-year-old Shinya Tsuruoka is planning to exercise his free agent option. He exercised his first option after the 2013 season and signed with the Softbank Hawks. He re-earned the option this year and would like to go to a team that will give him more playing time. He was a third catcher for the Hawks this year, behind Takuya Kai and Hiroaki Takaya. Tsuruoka played in twenty-nine games this season and got the start at catcher twice.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2017
[UPDATE 11/7 @ 3:59pm]
Tsuruoka filed for free agency today. He told reporters he wanted a chance to start over from scratch with a shot at winning the everyday job behind home plate.0 Comments