[1/30/2018] Chiba Lotte Marines sign Hideaki Wakui

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they finalized a contract with Hideaki Wakui on January 29. Wakui reached out to Lotte on January 27. The two sides worked out a framework last year and Wakui’s agent finalized the details.

The Marines released the following statement from Wakui:

I signed a contract last night. I had decided I would make a decision by spring camp in Japan when I exercised my free agent option. The time came for a decision and the desire to help Iguchi win a championship with my beloved Marines grew stronger. With the contract signed, my thoughts now are with the Marines. My training has gone well and I feel great. I will do my best to make this a year.

Source: Lotte 1/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2018, Sponichi 1/30/2018

[UPDATE 1/31 @ 4:38pm]

According to media reports from this morning, Wakui agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 200 million yen (down fifty million from last year).

Source: Sponichi 1/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/31/2018, Daily Sports 1/31/2018, Sanspo 1/31/2018


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