Chunichi Dragons (中日ドラゴンズ)

[12/13/2017] Chunichi Dragons add Shota Ono

The Chunichi Dragons held a press conference today to announce their newest addition in Shota Ono. He was assigned the uniform number 27.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a three-year contract worth somewhere between 250 and 270 million yen.

Source: Chunichi 12/13/2017, Sanspo 12/13/2017, Sports Hochi 12/13/2017

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[12/8/2017] Chunichi Dragons to part ways with Masaru Fujiyoshi

The Chunichi Dragons announced on December 8 that they will part ways with twenty-one-year-old Masaru Fujiyoshi. The two sides had just agreed to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated three million yen on November 18.

Dragons representative Kazuo Nishiyama told reporters that Fujiyoshi wanted a chance to start over in a new place and the team decided to accept his request. He is apparently interested in going back to playing amateur baseball.

The Dragons are planning to release Fujiyoshi in January.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/8/2017


[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


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[12/2/2017] Chunichi Dragons part ways with Alex Guerrero

The Chunichi Dragons announced on December 2 that they decided to part ways with Alex Guerrero. Dragons official Kazuo Nishiyama told reporters they tried to negotiate a deal, but failed to reach an agreement.

Source: Chunichi 12/2/2017, Daily Sports 12/2/2017, Sponichi 12/2/2017

[UPDATE 12/4 @ 2:00am]

The Yomiuri Giants are interested in the slugger. They are looking for someone to help power their line-up.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/3/2017, Sponichi 12/3/2017


[11/27/2017] Chunichi Dragons: uniform number changes

The Chunichi Dragons announced the following uniform number changes on November 27:

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2017


[11/24/2017] Chunichi planning to sign two foreign position players

Shigekazu Mori spoke to reporters after the Chunichi Dragons’ last meeting of the year on November 24. He told them that they were planning to sign two new foreign position players and one Ikusei foreign catcher. One of the position players will be a switch-hitter.

Mori also restated that the Dragons are not going to get into a bidding war for Alex Guerrero and that it could not be helped if he decided to go somewhere else.

Source: Sponichi 11/24/2017, Sanspo 11/24/2017

[UPDATE 11/26 @ 3:02am]

The two players the Dragons are planning to sign could be thirty-year-old Pedro Alvarez and twenty-eight-year-old Zoilo Almonte.

Source: Sponichi 11/25/2017, Sanspo 11/25/2017

[UPDATE 11/30 @ 3:01pm]

The Dragons are apparently planning to sign twenty-six-year-old Steven Moya (not Alvarez) and Zoilo Almonte.

Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2017

[UPDATE 12/3 @ 4:58am]

Nikkan Sports is reporting that twenty-one-year-old Ariel Martinez might be the catcher the Dragons are looking to sign to an Ikusei contract.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/2/2017

[UPDATE 12/4 @ 1:57am]

According to Sponichi, local media is reporting that Moya agreed to a one-year contract with the Dragons.

Source: Sponichi 12/3/2017


[11/17/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines to add Trackman to their facilities

The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to install Trackman systems at ZOZO Marine and Lotte Urawa. They are the last team in the Pacific League to add Trackmans to their facilities.

The Chunichi Dragons are testing the Rapsodo system during fall camp. The Dragons are still considering the Trackman system.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017


[11/8/2017] Chunichi Dragons: Keisuke Tanimoto to stay put

Keisuke Tanimoto held a press conference today and announced that he decided not to use his free agent option. The Dragons posted the following comment from Tanimoto:

I have decided not to use my FA option and will stay with the Dragons. I thought about this for a long time and I feel satisfied with my decision.

I was traded during the season and even though I had an FA option, the Dragons told me they needed me and that struck a chord and became a deciding factor.

It has only been three or four months since the trade. It would not necessarily be true if I said I was able to properly do my job during that. I feel bad about betraying the fans expectations and will do my best to do well next year.

The team also had a disappointing season this year. I will do what I can to help make a strong team that can make a winner out of Shigekazu Mori next year. I look forward to your passionate cheers next year.

Tanimoto told the media during his press conference that when he thought about where he wanted to retire, he felt being close to home was important.

Source: Chunichi 11/8/2017, Tokyo Sports 11/8/2017, ZakZak 11/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017, Sports Hochi 11/8/2017, Daily Sports 11/8/2017, Sponichi 11/8/2017

[UPDATE 11/18 @ 2:16am]

The Dragons announced that they signed Tanimoto to a new contract. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a two-year deal. Tanimoto’s salary next season will be an estimated eighty-five million yen (down fifteen million yen from this season).

Source: Chunichi 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017, Sports Hochi 11/17/2017

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[11/3/2017] Keisuke Tanimoto still on the fence about FA option

Keisuke Tanimoto earned his domestic free agent option this year. The Chunichi Dragons submitted their offer during a meeting on October 27. They also informed him that they are okay with him exercising his option and remaining with the team.

Tanimoto felt wanted during negotiations, but is also curious about what other teams might offer him. He is slated to meet the Dragons again soon.

Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2017

[UPDATE 11/4 @ 1:52pm]

Tanimoto first met the Dragons on October 28. He is scheduled to meet with them again within the next day or so. The Dragons would like him to stay (they knew he had an option but still traded for him because they wanted to add him to their team) and will leave the door open for him even if he exercises his option. They are not planning to set a hard deadline for his decision.

Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2017, Sponichi 11/4/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2017

[UPDATE 11/6 @ 3:31pm]

Tanimoto may now be leaning toward staying with the Dragons. Team Representative Kazuo Nishiyama told reporters on November 5 that negotiations were going well and that a decision might be coming some time soon.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/6/2017