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 11/15/20180 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced that Taylor Jungmann, Samuel Adames, Cristopher Crisostomo Mercedes, and Jorge Martinez will be returning next year.
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.0 Comments
The Hiroshima Carp announced that Kris Johnson, Geronimo Franzua, Xavier Batista, Alejandro Mejia, and Johnny Hellweg will return next season.
The Carp also announced that they will not sign Brad Eldred, Jay Jackson, and Leonel Campos to contracts for the 2019 season.0 Comments
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
Source: NPB 11/14/20180 Comments
The NPB twelve-team tryouts took place at Tama Home Stadium Chikugo on November 13.
Performances will be posted a little later.0 Comments
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).0 Comments
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).0 Comments
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 11/13/20180 Comments
Twenty-five-year-old Po-Jung Wang updates from various sources:
November 13, 2018
[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:43am]
Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters the Lions were not planning to make a move for Wang.
[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 11/14/20180 Comments
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.0 Comments