[9/30/2017] Chunichi Dragons interested in Shota Ono

Thirty-year-old Shota Ono earned his international free agent option in August. The Chunichi Dragons are interested because they want more stability behind the plate.

It is uncertain what Ono is planning to do with his option, but being closer to home (Gifu) might make Chunichi an attractive option.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/30/2017

[UPDATE 10/8 @ 3:40am]

The Dragons are planning to look into Ono. They want to be ready if he decides to exercise his option.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2017

[UPDATE 10/23 @ 12:44am]

Ono told reporters the Nippon Ham Fighters asked him to stay because they needed. He is still mulling over what to do with his option.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2017

[UPDATE 11/4 @ 2:38pm]

The Dragons only have enough funds to sign one free agent player. They considered pitching, but if Ono exercises his option, they plan to make him their top priority.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2017

[UPDATE 11/9 @ 10:20am]

The Dragons are planning to include Motonobu Tanishige’s old uniform number 7 and Ono’s current uniform number 27 in the list of possible uniform numbers they plan to give Ono if he decides to use his option.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2017

[UPDATE 11/9 @ 3:20pm]

Ono will most likely exercise his international free agent option. The Fighters started a shift toward youth this season and Ono is concerned about his playing opportunities.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2017, Sponichi 11/9/2017

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