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[12/8/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Bryan Rodriguez

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-six-year-old pitcher Bryan Rodriguez. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. The Fighters are hoping Rodriguez can make his way into the starting rotation.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty million yen plus incentives.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2017, Sponichi 12/8/2017

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Nippon Ham Fighters: 2018 Spring Camp

Nippon Ham Fighters 2018 Spring Camp Details

Ichi-gun

Arizona Camp

February 1 (Thu) – 14 (Fri)

Venue: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona

Okinawa Camp

Venue: Nago 21st Century Mori Park and Kaigin Stadium Kunigami in Okinawa

Ni-gun

February 1 (Thu) – 23 (Fri)

Venue: Kaigin Stadium Kunigami in Okinawa


Additional information will be added to this post as it becomes available.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/5/2017

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[12/2/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters interested in Bryan Rodriguez

According to a report by Sponichi, the Nippon Ham Fighters are interested in twenty-six-year-old Bryan Rodriguez. With the loss of Shohei Otani, the Fighters are looking for someone they can use in the starting rotation.

Source: Sponichi 12/2/2017

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[11/28/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters interested in Kazunari Sanematsu

The Nippon Ham Fighters are interested in Yomiuri senryokugai Kazunari Sanematsu. The Fighters are thinking about offering him a contract as a player/coach. They also might be looking at him as insurance (back-up plan) in case Shota Ono decides to sign with another team.

Source: Sponichi 11/28/2017

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[11/24/2017] Haruki Nishikawa takes home the Sapporo Dome MVP

Sapporo Dome announced today that this year’s Sapporo Dome MVP will go to Haruki Nishikawa. He was selected because:

Source: Sapporo Dome 11/24/2017 (Internet Archive)

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[11/23/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters: uniform number change

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced the following uniform number change on November 23:

Source: Nippon Ham 11/23/2017

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[2017 Posting] Shohei Otani Rumors

Date Team Update
12/10/2017
@ 10:53p
  Otani selected the Angels. MLB.com
12/3/2017
@ 4:42a
Otani was posted on December 1 (US time). Teams will have until December 22 (US time) to sign him. MLB.com 12/1/2017Daily Sports 12/2/2017, Sponichi 12/2/2017
11/30/2017
@ 2:24p
Otani flew out of Haneda Airport on the evening of November 29 and arrived in Los Angeles on November 30 (Japan time), most likely to meet with his agent ahead of his posting. He did not speak to the media before he climbed into a car waiting for him at the airport. Otani is traveling with a interpreter from the Fighters. ZakZak 11/30/2017, Tokyo Sports 11/30/2017, Sponichi 11/30/2017, Daily Sports 11/30/2017
11/26/2017
@ 11:05p 
Otani is asking MLB clubs to: evaluate Otani as a two-way player, pitcher, or hitter; describe player development, medical and training philosophies and facilities; give information on major league, minor league, and spring training facilities; show how teams plan to help Otani adjust to the new culture; outline life after signing with teams; show the benefits of having Otani; provide characteristics of the team. Daily Sports 11/26/2017
11/23/2017
@ 2:41a
The Nippon Ham Fighters are expected to post Otani on December 2. Sanspo 11/22/2017
11/23/2017
@ 2:34a
According to Sanspo, sixteen MLB teams are currently interested in Otani. Sanspo 11/22/2017

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[11/18/2017] Takuya Nakashima to take over as new Fighters chief player rep

Takuya Nakashima will be named the next chief player representative for the Nippon Ham Fighters. He will be taking over for Shota Ono. An announcement will be made before the end of the month.

Source: Sponichi 11/18/2017, Sports Hochi 11/18/2017

[UPDATE 11/29 @ 1:43am]

Nakashima was officially named the new Fighters chief player representative on November 27.

Source: Sanspo 11/28/2017

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[2017 Free Agency] Shota Ono Rumors

Date Team Update
12/10/2017
@ 10:43p
Chunichi Ono may have agreed to a three-year deal worth about 250 to 300 million yen. Sponichi 12/10/2017, Daily Sports 12/10/2017
12/10/2017
@ 3:29a
Chunichi The Dragons announced on December 9 that they reached an agreement with Ono. A press conference will be held within the next few days. Daily Sports 12/9/2017, Sports Hochi 12/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/9/2017
12/7/2017
@ 11:53p
Ono spoke to reporters on December 7 and said that he wanted to make a decision about where he was going to play next year some time before the end of the year. Nikkan Sports 12/7/2017
11/26/2017
@ 6:02p
Chunichi The Dragons, with Mori, are planning to sit down with Ono in early-December. Sanspo 11/26/2017, Daily Sports 11/26/2017
11/23/2017
@ 9:38p
Chunichi Mori returned from his overseas scouting trip on November 22 and told reporters he thought the Dragons already got in touch with Ono. Nikkan Sports 11/23/2017, Daily Sports 11/23/2017
11/22/2017
@ 2:54p
Ono told reporters on November 21 that he wants to handle negotiations. He is not planning to hire a representative. Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017
11/18/2017
@ 3:38a
Chunichi Dragons manager Shigekazu Mori is planning to get involved in negotiations. Mori is currently out of the country checking on talent overseas. Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
11/17/2017
@ 2:46a
Chunichi The Chunichi Dragons are said to be interested. Daily Sports 11/16/2017

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[2017 Free Agency] Hirotoshi Masui Rumors

Date Team Update
11/30/2017
@ 2:39p
Orix Masui is expected to sign with Orix. They may have offered three years and about 900 million yen. Masui has been saying that he wants to make a decision before the end of the month, which is today. Daily Sports 11/30/2017
11/30/2017
@ 2:39p
Nippon Ham Masui contacted the Fighters on November 29, most likely to let them know he was going to sign with another team. Sponichi 11/30/2017
11/29/2017
@ 3:40p
Orix Orix might currently be the front runner to land Masui. They may have gone as many as four years in their offer. Nikkan Sports 11/29/2017, Sports Hochi 11/29/2017, Sanspo 11/29/2017
11/27/2017
@ 9:34p
Yomiuri The Giants are also said to be interested in Masui. Tokyo Sports 11/27/2017
11/23/2017
@ 9:46p
Orix Aside from Fukura, Hiroyuki Nagamura (director) and Koji Mori (pro scout) attended the meeting with Masui on November 22. Masui attended the meeting with his representative. Nikkan Sports is reporting that the Buffaloes may have offered up to four years. Sponichi is reporting that the Buffaloes may have offered something close to what they offered Yoshihisa Hirano (three years at a total of about 900 million yen). Nikkan Sports 11/23/2017, Sponichi 11/23/2017
11/23/2017
@ 2:35a
Orix Fukura attended a meeting with Masui on November 22. The meeting lasted about two hours. Sanspo 11/22/2017
11/22/2017
@ 3:02p
Orix Junichi Fukura is planning to attend the next meeting with Masui. Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017
11/20/2017
@ 12:13a
Orix The Buffaloes apparently did not talk about specific terms (year, money) during their first meeting with Masui, which took place on either November 16 or 17. Nikkan Sports 11/19/2017, Sponichi 11/19/2017
11/20/2017
@ 12:05a 
Chunichi Chunichi is looking into Masui. They will make a decision on him once Shigekazu Mori returns from his overseas scouting trip. Nikkan Sports 11/19/2017
11/19/2017
@ 3:23a
Orix The media learned on November 17 that the Buffaloes met with Masui’s rep. They may have offered as many as four years. Sports Hochi 11/18/2017
11/19/2017
@ 3:16a
Masui signed with Boras Corporation about week ago. They have been handling his negotiations. Sanspo 11/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/18/2017, Sponichi 11/18/2017
11/18/2017
@ 3:34a
Masui told reporters on November 17 that he hoped to have everything settled before the end of the month. At latest, the end of December. He also told reporters that he is going to let his representative handle all negotiations. Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
11/17/2017
@ 2:39a
Orix The Buffaloes are interested. They might be more inclined to make a move if Yoshihisa Hirano finds a home in the US. Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017

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