The Softbank Hawks announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old Alfredo Despaigne. He was assigned the uniform number 54. The Hawks released the following statement from Despaigne:
I am happy for the opportunity to play for the Softbank Hawks, Japan’s strongest team. I feel this is a new start for me. I hope to make good use of my past experiences and will do my best to help the team win a championship.
To the Hawks fans: I will do my best to hit as many home runs as I can so please come out to the stadium.
According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated 1.2 billion yen (or an estimated 400 million yen a year).
[UPDATE 3/25 @ 9:39pm]
The Hawks held a press conference for Despaigne today.
Source: Softbank 3/25/2017