The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they reached an agreement with Naoto Watanabe. He was assigned the uniform number 26.
Source: Rakuten 11/21/2017
[UPDATE 11/30 @ 9:51pm]
The Eagles held a press conference for Watanabe today. According to media reports, his salary will be an estimated fifteen million yen (down from the fifty million he made this season).0 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles are planning to sign thirty-seven-year-old Naoto Watanabe. An official announcement is expected within the next few days.
With the departure of forty-two-year-old Kazuo Matsui, the Eagles were in the market for a utility infielder. Watanabe was also a popular player during his first stint with the team (2007-2010) and is sure to be welcomed by players and fans.
Source: Sponichi 11/16/20170 Comments
Naoto Watanabe was taken off the active roster on May 4 because the pain in his left hamstring was not improving. He first hurt his hamstring during a game against Softbank on April 30. The Lions decided to take Watanabe off the active roster because, even though he was able to hit, he could not run or play defense.
Source: Sanspo 5/4/20160 Comments
Naoto Watanabe was removed on defense in the seventh inning against Softbank at YafuOku Dome today because he felt discomfort in his left hamstring. The discomfort began as he rounded third when he scored from first on a triple to center in the seventh inning.
Source: Sanspo 4/30/20160 Comments
Naoto Watanabe earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.
Source: Chunichi Sports 4/20/20160 Comments