The Yokohama Bay Stars are planning to offer Joe Wieland, Spencer Patton and Edwin Escobar contracts for the 2018 season. They will most likely part with Phil Klein and Elian Herrera. Audy Ciriaco is a question mark with the Bay Stars also considering Neftali Soto.
Jose Lopez will be in the second year of a two-year contract next year.
[UPDATE 11/8 @ 11:08pm]
The Bay Stars announced today that reached agreements with Patton and Wieland. They also announced that they will not be offering new contracts to Klein and Herrera.
According to media reports, Patton and Wieland agreed to one-year contracts worth an estimated 130 million yen.
[UPDATE 11/10 @ 11:59pm]
The Bay Stars announced today that they will not be offering Ciriaco a contract for the 2018 season.
Source: Yokohama 11/10/2017
[UPDATE 11/12 @ 5:09pm]
Escobar will most likely return to the Bay Stars next season.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/20170 Comments
Elian Herrera did not play in a practice game against KIA on February 20 because of pain in his right hand. Herrera was hit by a batted ball during practices on February 19. His condition does not appear to be serious, but there was some lingering pain and swelling. He was able to participate in practices.
[UPDATE 2/28 @ 12:25am]
Herrera was sent down to Ni-gun because he still needs treatment for his right hand.
Source: Sanspo 2/27/20170 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars added Phil Klein, Joe Wieland, Spencer Patton, and Audy Ciriaco this winter. Jose Lopez and Elian Herrera are set to return.
Alex Ramirez, who returned from a trip to the United States on Tuesday (December 27), told reporters that he was looking forward to meeting Klein, Wieland, Patton, and Ciriaco and that he felt they were all capable of playing at the Ichi-gun level. He is planning to invite them out to dinner during spring camp in Okinawa so that he can ask them about their thoughts on playing in Japan.
Ramirez also told reporters that he planned to use Lopez as an everyday player and that Klein, Wieland, Patton, Ciriaco, and Herrera would be competing for the remaining three spots on the active roster.0 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they are going to sign Elian Herrera to a new contract for the 2017 season. They released the following statement from Herrera:
I first want to thank God. If not for God, I would not be here.
My family and I are honored for the opportunity to play for the Yokohama Bay Stars again next year.
My goal is to help the team win a championship.
I am grateful for the trust the team has in me. I promise to put in everything I have.
I cannot wait to once again meet the best fans in the game.
Source: Yokohama announcement0 Comments
Masayuki Kuwahara crashed into Elian Herrera while chasing after a fly ball hit by Yuhei in the seventh inning of a game against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium on July 18. Kuwahara could not stand and was taken off the field on a stretcher. Elian remained in the game.
[UPDATE 7/20 @ 5:49am]
Kuwahara was back in the starting line-up on July 19. He had a bruised left knee.
Source: Sanspo 7/19/2016
Elian Herrera’s first NPB home run was a grand slam he hit against the Yakult Swallows at Yokohama Stadium on July 6.
Herrera is the twenty-second foreign player to hit a grand slam for his first NPB home run, first since Chad Huffman on June 23, 2014. He is the sixth foreign player in the Central League to hit a grand slam for his first NPB home run, first since Billy Martin on May 15, 2004. Only one other Yokohama foreign player has accomplished the feat: Felix Millan on May 23, 1978.0 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in thirty-one-year-old infielder Elian Herrera.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2016
[UPDATE @ 5:26pm]
The Bay Stars announced that they reached an agreement with Herrera.
Source: Yokohama announcement
[UPDATE 5/16 @ 9:14am]
The two sides may have agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated eighty million yen.
Source: Sponichi 5/16/2016
[UPDATE 5/16 @ 11:24am]
Herrera could arrive in Japan this week and will join the team as soon as he gets his work visa. He might be ready for Inter-league play.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/20160 Comments