The Seibu Lions and Yomiuri Giants announced today that the Lions selected thirty-six-year-old Tetsuya Utsumi as part of their free agent compensation package for Ginjiro Sumitani. The Giants released the following statement from Utsumi:
Being a part of the Giants over the last fifteen years, with support from the best fans in Japan, is my greatest memory. I am grateful to all my teammates. I take great pride in the things I have accomplished with this amazing team, like leading the league in wins and being a player rep. I will apply everything I learned with the Giants and do my best with the new team I will be joining. To the Giants, I look forward to facing you at the Nippon Series. To the fans, please continue to support me.
[UPDATE 12/22 @ 5:17am]
The Lions held a press conference for Utsumi on December 21. He was assigned the uniform number 27.
Source: Seibu 12/21/2018