The Seibu Lions are planning to offer thirty-six-year-old Brian Wolfe and thirty-one-year-old Brian Schlitter contracts for the 2018 season. Wolfe won nine games this year and Schlitter pitched in sixty-four games and recorded thirty-two holds.
Schlitter returned to the United States out of Narita Airport on October 17.
Thirty-one-year-old Ernesto Mejia will be in the second year of a three-year contract next year. The Lions will most likely part ways with thirty-one-year-old Stephen Fife and twenty-seven-year-old Frank Garces.
[UPDATE 10/18 @ 9:15pm]
The Lions announced that they placed Garces and Fife on waivers.
Source: Seibu 10/18/2017
[UPDATE 10/19 @ 1:22am]
Wolfe left for the United States out of Narita Airport on October 18.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2017
[UPDATE 10/19 @ 6:04pm]
Mejia left for the United States out of Narita Airport on October 18.
Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2017
[UPDATE 10/30 @ 11:10pm]
The Lions are expected to part ways with Schlitter.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2017
[UPDATE 11/1 @ 3:54pm]
The Lions announced today that they reached an agreement with Wolfe. The Lions also announced that they are not going to offer Schlitter a contract for the 2018 season.
Source: Seibu 11/1/20170 Comments
Ernesto Mejia missed two days of practice (October 9 and 10) because he was not feeling well. Hatsuhiko Tsuji told reporters he might not be able to use Mejia in the starting line-up for the Climax Series.
Source: Sports Hochi 10/11/20170 Comments
The Seibu Lions took Ernesto Mejia off the active roster today due to performance issues. He had zero hits in his last eleven trips to the plate and since July 1, was 10-for-69 with twenty-eight strikeouts.
Hatsuhiko Tsuji told reporters they could not wait any longer for him to break out of his slump.0 Comments
Ernesto Mejia returned to Venezuela out of Narita Airport on September 29. Before leaving, he told reporters he wanted to participate in the World Baseball Classic. However, the Seibu Lions just signed him to a three-year deal worth an estimated 500 million yen a year. The issue was raised during contract negotiations and the Lions are open to letting him participate, so long as they figure out a way to deal with the risk.
Source: Sanspo 9/30/20160 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced two births:
Shogo Akiyama’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a boy, at a hospital in Yokosuka, Kanagawa on September 8.
Ernesto Mejia’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy, on September 8.0 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced today that they signed Ernesto Mejia to a three-year extension. According a report by Sports Hochi, the two sides agreed to a deal worth an estimated 1.5 billion yen plus incentives.
The Lions released the following comment from Mejia:
I would first like to thank the Lions for giving me a chance to play in Japan and for believing in me. Nothing could make me happier.
I love the Lions and I am grateful to the fans, manager, coaches, staff, teammates, and anyone else connected to the organization for their support over the years.
I will continue to do my best. Thank you.
[UPDATE 9/7 @ 2:41am]
Sanspo is reporting that the contract is worth an estimated 500 million yen a year over three years and an estimated 1.8 billion yen in total including incentives. His salary this year is an estimated 290 million yen. The Lions once paid Alex Cabrera an estimated 600 million yen.
Source: Sanspo 9/6/20162 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced today that Ernesto Mejia will return to the United States to be with his expecting wife. He is currently scheduled to return to Japan on September 10.
Source: Sponichi 9/5/20160 Comments
The media learned on August 25 that Ernesto Mejia will temporarily return home to be with his expecting wife. His schedule has not yet been set, but he could leave before the Softbank series that begins on August 30 and return in five days.
Source: Daily Sports 8/26/20160 Comments
The Seibu Lions are close to finalizing an extension with Ernesto Mejia. The two sides are said to be working on a multi-year deal that could be worth over 1.2 billion yen (including incentives) over three years.
Salary Progression (media estimates)