[10/13/2017] Hanshin planning to offer Hiroaki Saiuchi an Ikusei contract

According to a report at Sanspo, the Hanshin Tigers are not planning to sign twenty-four-year-old Hiroaki Saiuchi to a seventy-man roster contract next year.

Saiuchi struggled because of right shoulder problems this year and was limited to just two Ni-gun games. He is currently training at the Naruohama facilities.

The Tigers are planning to offer Saiuchi an Ikusei contract after the twelve-team tryouts.

Source: Sanspo 10/11/2017

[UPDATE 11/18 @ 3:31am]

Saiuchi signed an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 11.5 million yen (down 3.5 million yen from this year).

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017

[UPDATE 12/8 @ 11:41pm]

The Tigers announced today that they assigned Saiuchi the uniform number 126.

Source: Hanshin 12/8/2017

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