Tokyo Yakult Swallows (東京ヤクルトスワローズ)

[12/14/2017] Yakult Swallows interested in David Huff

The Yakult Swallows are interested in thirty-three-year-old pitcher David Huff. The Swallows have a chance after talks between the pitcher and the KBO’s LG ended without an agreement. Huff pitched in nineteen games for LG this year and went 6-4 with a 2.38 ERA.

Source: Sponichi 12/14/2017, Sports Hochi 12/14/2017


Yoshihisa Naruse: Did You Know


Naruse finished out the final year of a three-year contract that was worth an estimated 144 million yen in 2017. Naruse agreed to a salary of twenty million yen for the 2018 season during contract negotiations on December 11. His salary dropped eighty-six percent after he managed just six wins during his first three years with the Yakult Swallows (and zero this season).

Source: Sponichi 12/12/2017


[12/6/2017] Yakult interested in Jordan Noberto, Chunichi looking to sign two new foreign pitchers

The Chunichi Dragons announced on December 5 that they are not going to offer thirty-year-old Jordan Noberto a contract for the 2018 season. The Dragons were initially planning to hold on to Noberto, but may have decided to part ways with him because they are close to signing two new foreign pitchers.

The Yakult Swallows may be interested in Noberto. They are still looking for a left-handed pitcher that can pitch out of the bullpen.

Source: Sanspo 12/6/2017, Sports Hochi 12/6/2017, Daily Sports 12/6/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2017


[12/5/2017] Yakult Swallows reach agreement with Matt Carasiti

The Yakult Swallows announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-six-year-old Matt Carasiti. He was assigned the uniform number 37. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 700,000 US dollars.

The Swallows see Carasiti as a candidate for the closer role next year.

Source: Yakult 12/5/2017, Sports Hochi 12/5/2017, Sponichi 12/5/2017, Sanspo 12/5/2017

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[12/1/2017] Yakult Swallows interested in Matt Carasiti, David Huff

According to report by Sports Hochi, the Yakult Swallows are interested in twenty-six-year-old Matt Carasiti and thirty-three-year-old David Huff. The Swallows see Carasiti as a possible candidate to close. Huff pitched for the LG Twins this year. In nineteen games (seventeen starts) he went 6-4 with 2.38 ERA.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/1/2017, Sponichi 12/1/2017

[UPDATE 12/4 @ 1:44am]

The Chicago Cubs released Carasiti so he could sign with the Yakult Swallows, according to a tweet by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Source: Tweet 12/1/2017


[11/29/2017] Yakult Swallows sign Balentien, Buchanan to new contracts

The Yakult Swallows officially announced today that they reached agreements with the following two foreign players for the 2018 season:

According to Sports Hochi, the Swallows signed Balentien to a one-year deal and Buchanan to a two-year deal. Buchanan’s second year will be worth 2,000,000 US dollars. Both contracts also have performance bonuses.

(Salaries are estimates)

Source: Yakult 11/29/2017, Tokyo Sports 11/29/2017, Sports Hochi 11/29/2017, Sports Hochi 11/29/2017

[UPDATE 11/30 @ 2:43pm]

Balentien’s contract apparently includes a clause that allows the Swallows to fine him if he is fined or suspended by the NPB (for ejections).

Source: Sponichi 11/30/2017, Sports Hochi 11/30/2017, Daily Sports 11/30/2017

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[11/24/2017] Yakult Swallows sign Julius Higuma to Ikusei contract

Twenty-year-old Julius Higuma had surgery to clean out his left elbow in August last year and Tommy John surgery on the same elbow earlier this year in June. The Yakult Swallows senryokugaied him after the regular season in October. On Friday (November 24), Higuma reached an agreement to return to the Swallows as an Ikusei player. His uniform number will change from 48 to 119. His salary will be an estimated four million yen (down 800,000 yen from this year).

Higuma is currently rehabbing his elbow. He is able to play catch at a distance of about forty meters. He could be ready for rehab games in May or June next year.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2017


[11/21/2017] Wladimir Balentien will most likely return to Yakult in 2018

According to report posted by Sports Hochi, Wladimir Balentien will most likely return to the Yakult Swallows in 2018 with a one-year deal in the three million US dollar range. The two sides are said to be in the in final stages of negotiations. An announcement could be made soon.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/21/2017

[UPDATE 11/22 @ 2:58pm]

The Swallows would like to make an announcement before the end of the month, ahead of the deadline for teams to file their list of reserved players.

Source: Sponichi 11/22/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017


[11/16/2017] Yakult Swallows sign Shotaro Tashiro

Shotaro Tashiro went 1-for-4 (F9, Ks, 1B9, Fo3) during the twelve team tryouts on November 15. The Yakult Swallows are looking to pick up one player from the tryout and they appear interested in the twenty-seven-year-old outfielder.

Source: Sponichi 11/16/2017, Sanspo 11/16/2017

[UPDATE 11/18 @ 2:59am]

The Swallows announced on November 17 that they signed Tashiro.

Source: Yakult 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017, Daily Sports 11/17/2017

[UPDATE 11/27 @ 2:28pm]

The Swallows announced today that they assigned Tashiro the uniform number 65.

Source: Yakult 11/27/2017


[11/11/2017] Softbank sends Hiroki Yamada to Yakult

The Softbank Hawks announced on November 11 that they agreed to a trade that will send twenty-nine-year-old Hiroki Yamada to the Yakult Swallows. No other players will be exchanged.

Yamada was assigned the uniform number 34 by the Swallows. He will join their fall camp in Matsuyama on November 12.

Source: Yakult 11/11/2017, Softbank 11/11/2017