Category: NPB

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[11/15/2018] Rakuten Eagles sign Yoshinori to Ikusei contract

The Rakuten Eagles announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Yoshinori Sato. Yoshinori will sign an Ikusei contract. His uniform number will be 123.

Source: Rakuten 11/15/2018

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YOM

[11/15/2018] Yomiuri Giants: Jungmann, Mercedes, Adames, and Martinez to return in 2019

The Yomiuri Giants announced that Taylor Jungmann, Samuel Adames, Cristopher Crisostomo Mercedes, and Jorge Martinez will be returning next year.

  • Taylor Jungman – estimated one million US dollars
  • Samuel Adames – estimated 80,000 US dollars
  • Cristopher Crisostomo Mercedes – estimated 75,000 US dollars
  • Jorge Martinez – estimated 73,000 US dollars

Scott Mathieson and Alex Guerrero will be in the second year of two-year contracts next season.

The Giants also announced that Casey McGehee and Arquimedes Caminero will not be returning next year.

Source: Yomiuri 11/14/2018, Sanspo 11/14/2018, Sponichi 11/15/2018, Daily Sports 11/15/2018

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HIR

[11/14/2018] Hiroshima Carp parting ways with Brad Eldred, Jay Jackson

The Hiroshima Carp announced that Kris Johnson, Geronimo Franzua, Xavier Batista, Alejandro Mejia, and Johnny Hellweg will return next season.

  • Kris Johnson – third year of a three-year contract; an estimated three million US dollars
  • Geronimo Franzua – second year of a six-year contract; an estimated 361,450 US dollars
  • Xavier Batista – third year of a six-year contract; an estimated 347,970 US dollars
  • Alejandro Mejia – third year of a six-year contract; an estimated 120,000 US dollars
  • Johnny Hellweg – one-year contract; an estimated 900,000 US dollars

The Carp also announced that they will not sign Brad Eldred, Jay Jackson, and Leonel Campos to contracts for the 2019 season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2018, Sponichi 11/14/2018, Daily Sports 11/14/2018, Daily Sports 11/14/2018, Sports Hochi 11/14/2018, Sports Hochi 11/14/2018

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[11/14/2018] NPB Players that filed for free agency

The NPB announced that the following five players filed for free agency. Team will be able to negotiate with free agents beginning on November 15.

2018 Free Agents

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Age Type 2018 Team 2018 Salary Class Compensation Source
C 炭谷 銀仁朗 Ginjiro Sumitani 31 International Seibu 110.00M B   Latest
INF 浅村 栄斗 Hideto Asamura 28 Domestic Seibu 210.00M B   Latest
P 西勇 輝 Yuki Nishi 28 Domestic Orix 120.00M B   Latest
OF 丸 佳浩 Yoshihiro Maru 29 Domestic Hiroshima 210.00M A   Latest
INF 中村 剛也 Takeya Nakamura 35 International Seibu 280.00M A Exercised option and will remain with Seibu. 11/08

Free Agent Classes

  • A = 80% of this year’s salary or 50% of this year’s salary plus one player
  • B = 60% of this year’s salary or 40% of this year’s salary plus one player
  • C = no compensation

Source: NPB 11/14/2018

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[11/13/2018] Forty-eight players attend NPB tryout

The NPB twelve-team tryouts took place at Tama Home Stadium Chikugo on November 13.

Notes

  • Forty-eight players attended the tryout.
  • Fans started lining up at around 8:30am. Admission was 800 yen. Attendance was 5536.
  • Each pitcher faced three batters.
  • Each batter recorded four to five plate appearances.
  • Counts started at 1-1.

Performances will be posted a little later.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018, Daily Sports 11/13/2018, Sports Hochi 11/13/2018, Sports Hochi 11/13/2018

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HAM

[11/13/2018] Sho Nakata to hold onto FA option and stay with the Nippon Ham Fighters

Twenty-nine-year-old Sho Nakata held a press conference at a hotel in Sapporo today and announced that he decided not to exercise the international free agent option he earned this year. According to a report by Sponichi, Nakata agreed to a three-year contract that could be worth as much as one billion yen. His salary next year will be an estimated 280 million yen (up from 200 million yen).

Source: Daily Sports 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018

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[11/13/2018] Hiroki Uemoto to stay with Hanshin for at least one more year

Thirty-two-year-old Hiroki Uemoto spoke to the media today after working out at the Naruohama facilities and said that he decided not to exercise his domestic free agent option. He will remain with the Hanshin Tigers for at least one more year. He was also offered a multi-year deal, but he opted for the one-year deal because he felt it was more appropriate based on his current status (he is working his way back from left knee surgery).

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Daily Sports 11/13/2018, Sports Hochi 11/13/2018, Sanspo 11/13/2018

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[11/13/2018] NPB’s request system could be expanded in 2019

The NPB is considering the expansion of the request system (replay review). The system was introduced this season and teams and umpires are mostly happy with the results. Beginning next season, the request system could be expanded to include replay reviews on the base paths, on defense, and on swings.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018

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[11/13/2018] Po-Jung Wang updates from various sources

Twenty-five-year-old Po-Jung Wang updates from various sources:

November 13, 2018

  • is looking to play overseas through the posting system
    • prefers to play for a team in Japan
    • no offers as of 11/13 @ 5:30am
  • open to playing in Japan until retirement
  • a number of NPB teams are said to be interested, including Seibu and Rakuten
  • made an estimated twenty-four million yen this season
  • slash lines
    • 2015 – .324/.377/.640 (29 games, 36-for-111)
    • 2016 – .414/.476/.689 (116 games, 200-for-483)
    • 2017 – .407/.491/.700 (115 games, 178-for-437)
    • 2018 – .351/.446/.547 (118 games, 159-for-453)

Source: Sports Hochi 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018

[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:43am]

Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters the Lions were not planning to make a move for Wang.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Sports Hochi 11/13/2018

[UPDATE 11/14 @ 1:02pm]

According to ZakZak, it might cost any team interested in Wang 100 million yen in posting fees and over 200 million yen a year in salary.

Source: ZakZak 11/14/2018

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[11/13/2018] Jun Hasegawa is looking for another chance to play

Twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Jun Hasegawa is looking for another chance to play professionally. He was selected by the Yomiuri Giants in the eighth round of the Ikusei draft in 2015. He made it to the active roster in 2016 and pitched in his first Ichi-gun game on May 6 of the same year. He was given his walking papers after the 2017 season and he spent this year as a batting practice pitcher for the Giants.

Hasegawa is not participating in today’s NPB tryout. He is instead considering options outside of Japan.

Source: Sponichi 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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