[2/11/2017] Softbank Hawks add Alfredo Despaigne

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).

Source: Softbank 2/11/2017, Tokyo Sports 2/11/2017, Sponichi 2/11/2017

[UPDATE 3/25 @ 9:39pm]

The Hawks held a press conference for Despaigne today.

Source: Softbank 3/25/2017

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