[1/11/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Edwin Escobar

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-four-year-old Edwin Escobar. He was assigned the uniform number 42. The Fighters released the following statement from Escobar:

I have been interested in Japanese baseball and was hoping for a chance to play when the Fighters gave me this wonderful opportunity. My family and I are grateful. I am looking forward to playing in Japan. More than anything, I am excited about joining the Fighters and helping them win consecutive championships.

According to reports by the media, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated ninety million yen.

Source: Nippon Ham announcement, Sports Hochi 1/11/2017, Daily Sports 1/11/2017, Nikkan Sports 1/11/2017

[UPDATE 2/1 @ 10:59pm]

The Fighters held a press conference for Escobar today.

Source: Nipppon Ham 2/1/2017

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G W L T
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Hiroshima 45 25 19 1
Yomiuri 42 22 20 0
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Yakult 43 19 24 0
Chunichi 44 16 25 3
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Softbank 44 27 17 0
Seibu 41 23 17 1
Nippon Ham 42 18 24 0
Orix 42 18 24 0
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