Yoshihiro Maru 2018 Off-season Updates

Date Updates
12/14/2018 12:11am – The Carp received a list of unprotected players from the Giants. Sports Hochi 12/13/2018, Daily Sports 12/12/2018
11/30/2018 11:36am – Yoshihiro Maru planning to sign with the Yomiuri Giants
11/25/2018 5:15pm – The Yomiuri Giants met Maru at a hotel in Tokyo on November 24. Tatsunori Hara participated in the meeting. The Giants also offered the uniform number 8, the number Hara wore before he retired. Maru is not planning to hold any additional meetings with any of the teams he has met and could make a decision fairly soon. Daily Sports 11/25/2018, Daily Sports 11/25/2018, Daily Sports 11/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018, Sponichi 11/24/2018, Sponichi 11/25/2018Latest Yomiuri offer rumors: five years, 3.5 billion yen (Daily Sports 11/25/2018), five years, over 3.0 billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018, Sponichi 11/25/2018, Sanspo 11/25/2018) … 5:05pm – Tadahito Iguchi offered his uniform number to Maru during their meeting on November 22. Daily Sports 11/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018
11/24/2018 10:14am – Latest Lotte offer rumor: six years, more than 2.4 billion yen (Sponichi 11/24/2018). … 3:20am – Latest Lotte offer rumors: six years, 3.0 billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/23/2018), six years, 2.5 billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/23/2018), base four years, 2.0 billion yen (Sanspo 11/23/2018).
11/22/2018 2:46pm РMaru and his agent met Lotte officials in Tokyo today. Five Lotte officials, including Tadahito Iguchi, were in attendance. The meeting lasted about forty minutes. Sponichi thinks Maru may have been offered six years and over 2.4 billion yen. Sanspo 11/22/2018, Sponichi 11/22/2018
11/20/2018 2:50am – Maru sat down with the Carp for about an hour on November 19. He told reporters he wanted to make sure he got all the information he needed from Hiroshima before he started meeting other teams. Sanspo 11/19/2018, Daily Sports 11/19/2018
11/19/2018 6:27am – Sports Hochi seems to think the Marines could offer up to six years at 2.4 billion yen. They might be able to push the package up to 3.0 billion after incentives. Sports Hochi 11/19/2018 … Daily Sports still has their guess at four years and 2.0 billion yen. Daily Sports 11/19/2018
11/17/2018 1:44pm – The Giants spoke to Maru’s agent on November 15. They are working out a schedule. They might be getting ready to offer a five-year deal worth 3.5 billion yen and the uniform number 8. Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/17/2018 … Or a five-year contract worth about 3 billion yen and the uniform number 8. Nikkan Sports 11/16/2018, Sponichi 11/17/2018
11/16/2018 11:23am – The Marines and Eagles contacted Maru’s agent about their interest on November 15. The Giants offer might be around four to five years and over 2.5 billion yen (or five years and 3.5 billion yen and the uniform number 8).¬† Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sponichi 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018
11/15/2018 12:15pm – Latest offer rumors: Hiroshima four years and around 1.7 billion yen (Sanspo 11/15/2018); Lotte four years and two billion yen (Sanspo 11/15/2018, Sports Hochi 11/15/2018); Yomiuri four years and over two billion yen, could add a fifth year (Sanspo 11/15/2018), five years over three billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/15/2018).
11/13/2018 12:41pm – ZakZak interview with Maru: his family has not moved to the Kanto area and his commercial contract with Momiji Ginko was put on hold, not terminated. ZakZak 11/12/2018
11/8/2018 10:15am – Latest offer rumors: Yomiuri four years over 2 billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018), six years around 2.5 billion yen (Daily Sports 11/8/2018); Lotte four years around 2 billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018, Sanspo 11/8/2018); Hiroshima three years around 1.2 billion yen (Daily Sports 11/8/2018), four years about 1.7 billion yen (Sanspo 11/8/2018). … 4:23am – Maru has decided to exercise his free agent option. He told reporters he was curious about what other teams thought of him. Hiroshima is not planning to place any deadlines on their offer. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018
11/6/2018 Maru might be will to go up to 2.5 billion yen. Lotte might be willing to go up to 2 billion. Sponichi 11/6/2018 … ZakZak mentions two rumors: his family may have already moved to the Tokyo area and he may be looking for at least five years. ZakZak 11/6/2018
11/4/2018 The Carp’s offer might be four years at around 1.7 billion yen. The Giants might be putting together a deal that is worth about 2.5 billion yen. The Carp are okay with keeping negotiations open even if Maru exercises the option. Sponichi 11/4/2018, Sanspo 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018
10/20/2018 The Yomiuri Giants are interested. Sponichi 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018
10/13/2018 Domestic free agent option. Lotte is interested and could offer a multi-year deal if Maru decides to use his option. One possibility is four years at around two billion yen. Maru is from Chiba and went to a high school in Chiba. Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018, Sanspo 10/13/2018, Sports Hochi 10/13/2018, Sponichi 10/13/2018

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