Tag Archive: 2017 Free Agency

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[12/13/2017] Chunichi Dragons add Shota Ono

The Chunichi Dragons held a press conference today to announce their newest addition in Shota Ono. He was assigned the uniform number 27.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a three-year contract worth somewhere between 250 and 270 million yen.

Source: Chunichi 12/13/2017, Sanspo 12/13/2017, Sports Hochi 12/13/2017


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YOM

[12/1/2017] Ryoma Nogami decides to join the Yomiuri Giants

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old Ryoma Nogami. A press conference is scheduled for December 4.

According to media reports, the Giants may have offered a three year deal worth a total 450 million yen (estimate).

Source: Yomiuri 12/1/2017, Sponichi 12/1/2017, Daily Sports 12/1/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/1/2017, Sanspo 12/1/2017, Yomiuri Online 12/1/2017

[UPDATE 12/5 @ 2:52am]

The Giants held a press conference for Nogami at a hotel in Tokyo on December 4. He was assigned the uniform number 23.

Source: Yomiuri 12/4/2017, Daily Sports 12/4/2017


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ORI

[11/30/2017] Orix Buffaloes add Hirotoshi Masui

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they signed thirty-three-year-old Hirotoshi Masui. He was assigned the uniform number 17.

The media is reporting that Masui agreed to a four-year deal worth 900 million yen over the first three years. The fourth year will depend on performance. A press conference is scheduled for December 7 in Osaka.

Source: Orix 11/30/2017, Daily Sports 11/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2017, Tokyo Sports 11/30/2017, Sponichi 11/30/2017, Sanspo 11/30/2017

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:52pm]

The Buffaloes held a press conference for Masui today.

Source: Orix 12/7/2017 


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YOK

[11/30/2017] Yokohama Bays Stars land Yamato with three-year deal

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old Yamato. He was assigned the uniform number 9.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a three-year deal worth around 300 million yen. The agreement is also said to include a team option for a fourth year. The Bay Stars are planning to hold a press conference for Yamato within the next few days.

Source: Yokohama 11/30/2017, Sponichi 11/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2017, Daily Sports 11/30/2017

[UPDATE 12/4 @ 2:50pm]

The Bay Stars held a press conference for Yamato in Yokohama today.

Source: Daily Sports 12/4/2017, Yokohama 12/4/2017


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[2017 Free Agency] Shinya Tsuruoka Rumors

Date Team Update
12/18/2017
@ 3:58p
Nippon Ham Tsuruoka agreed to a two-year deal worth an estimated thirty million yen plus incentives. Sponichi 12/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/18/2017
12/18/2017
@ 3:32p
Nippon Ham Tsuruoka met the Fighters for a second time in Sapporo on December 18. A press conference is scheduled for the same day. Sponichi 12/18/2017, Sanspo 12/18/2017
12/4/2017
@ 1:29a
Nippon Ham Tsuruoka met with the Fighters at a hotel in Sapporo on November 3. The Fighters showed strong interest by offering a multi-year deal. Tsuruoka was grateful for the meeting and is open to returning to his former team. Daily Sports 12/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2017Sponichi 12/3/2017
12/1/2017
@ 2:59p
Nippon Ham The Fighters announced that they are scheduled to meet Tsuruoka in Sapporo on November 3. They see as someone that can still contribute at Ichi-gun. Sanspo 12/1/2017
11/30/2017
@ 2:53
Nippon Ham The Fighters are planning to sit down with Tsuruoka within the next few days. They could reach an agreement before the end of the year. Daily Sports 11/30/2017, Daily Sports 11/30/2017
11/25/2017
@ 10:28p
Tsuruoka told reporters on November 24 that he has been carrying his mobile phone around with him, but has not received any offers. He did receive a call from Softbank Hawks Chairman Sadaharu Oh. Oh told Tsuruoka he supported his decision to exercise his free agent option. Nikkan Sports 11/25/2017

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ORI

[2017 Free Agency] Yoshihisa Hirano Rumors

Date Team Update
12/21/2017
@ 10:17a
Hirano has apparently narrowed down his option to fewer than six teams. Top possibilities might include the Giants and Athletics. Daily Sports 12/21/2017
12/20/2017
@ 3:00p
The media learned today that Hirano and his family left for the United States out of Narita Airport on December 19. He will most likely meet his agent (John Boggs) and possibly visit cities and facilities of teams that have an interest in him. Some teams that might have an interest: Tigers, Cubs, Padres, Rangers, Cardinals, and Red Sox. Sponichi 12/20/2017, Sports Hochi 12/20/2017, Sanspo 12/20/2017
12/16/2017
@ 10:49p
MLB Hirano has received a two-year offer. Daily Sports 12/15/2017
12/14/2017
@ 4:44p
MLB Hirano has already apparently received a multi-year offer. He might be able to make a decision before Christmas. Sponichi 12/14/2017
12/12/2017
@ 11:26a
MLB Eight MLB teams might be interested in Hirano. Sponichi 12/12/2017
12/10/2017
@ 3:32a
MLB The Tigers are interested in Hirano. Other teams with interest could include the Cubs, Red Sox, and Rangers. Sports Hochi 12/9/2017, Sponichi 12/9/2017
11/25/2017
@ 10:21p
Hirano spoke to reporters on November 24 for the first time since he officially became a free agent and said that he had yet to hear from his agent. He hopes to have some sort of a decision before the end of December. Sanspo 11/25/2017
11/17/2017
@ 2:39a
MLB The Cardinals might be interested. Daily Sports 11/16/2017

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SEI

[2017 Free Agency] Ryoma Nogami Rumors

Date Team Update
11/29/2017
@ 3:47p
Seibu If the Lions decide to take a player as part of their compensation for losing Nogami, Hatsuhiko Tsuji would like them to go after a pitcher. Daily Sports 11/29/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2017, Sponichi 11/29/2017
11/29/2017
@ 1:56a
Seibu Nogami contacted the Lions on November 27 to let them know he will be signing with another team. Sanspo 11/28/2017, ZakZak 11/28/2017
11/28/2017
@ 3:17p
Yomiuri The media is reporting that Nogami has decided to sign with the Giants. He may have agreed to a three-year deal worth around 400 to 450 million yen. Nikkan Sports 11/28/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/28/2017, Sports Hochi 11/28/2017, Sponichi 11/28/2017, Daily Sports 11/28/2017
11/27/2017
@ 9:33p
Yomiuri The Giants may have come out on top. There could be announcement of a deal some time soon. Tokyo Sports 11/27/2017
11/26/2017
@ 6:21p
Yomiuri Giants GM Yoshitaka Katori told reporters on November 25 that they were interest in Nogami because of his durability and overall make-up (not just counting numbers like wins). Katori feels Nogami has the ability to become a number two or three pitcher in their rotation. Nikkan Sports 11/26/2017, Sponichi 11/26/2017, Daily Sports 11/26/2017
11/23/2017
@ 9:49pm
Nogami admitted on November 23 that he has received a number of offers and hoped to make a decision by early-December. Daily Sports 11/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/23/2017
11/22/2017
@ 2:51p
Seibu The Lions offered Nogami a three-year deal. Sponichi 11/22/2017
11/22/2017
@ 12:25a
Yomiuri The Giants are looking into Nogami because they are still not sure where Miles Mikolas is going to end up next year. Nikkan Sports 11/21/2017
11/20/2017
@ 12:40a
Yokohama The Bay Stars are expected to reach out to Nogami. Sports Hochi 11/19/2017
11/20/2017
@ 12:30a
Seibu The Lions are not planning to sit down with Nogami again because they feel the offer they made is sufficient. They met Nogami twice and improved their initial offer during their second meeting. Daily Sports 11/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2017, Sports Hochi 11/19/2017

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LOT

[2017 Free Agency] Hideaki Wakui Rumors

Date Team Update
12/1/2017
@ 1:55p
Wakui has apparently hired Steve Hilliard to represent him. Sponichi 12/1/2017
11/19/2017
@ 3:11a
The media learned on November 17 that Wakui is planning to sign with CAA Sports. Nikkan Sports 11/18/2017

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[2017 Free Agency] Shota Ono Rumors

Date Team Update
12/10/2017
@ 10:43p
Chunichi Ono may have agreed to a three-year deal worth about 250 to 300 million yen. Sponichi 12/10/2017, Daily Sports 12/10/2017
12/10/2017
@ 3:29a
Chunichi The Dragons announced on December 9 that they reached an agreement with Ono. A press conference will be held within the next few days. Daily Sports 12/9/2017, Sports Hochi 12/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/9/2017
12/7/2017
@ 11:53p
Ono spoke to reporters on December 7 and said that he wanted to make a decision about where he was going to play next year some time before the end of the year. Nikkan Sports 12/7/2017
11/26/2017
@ 6:02p
Chunichi The Dragons, with Mori, are planning to sit down with Ono in early-December. Sanspo 11/26/2017, Daily Sports 11/26/2017
11/23/2017
@ 9:38p
Chunichi Mori returned from his overseas scouting trip on November 22 and told reporters he thought the Dragons already got in touch with Ono. Nikkan Sports 11/23/2017, Daily Sports 11/23/2017
11/22/2017
@ 2:54p
Ono told reporters on November 21 that he wants to handle negotiations. He is not planning to hire a representative. Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017
11/18/2017
@ 3:38a
Chunichi Dragons manager Shigekazu Mori is planning to get involved in negotiations. Mori is currently out of the country checking on talent overseas. Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
11/17/2017
@ 2:46a
Chunichi The Chunichi Dragons are said to be interested. Daily Sports 11/16/2017

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[2017 Free Agency] Hirotoshi Masui Rumors

Date Team Update
11/30/2017
@ 2:39p
Orix Masui is expected to sign with Orix. They may have offered three years and about 900 million yen. Masui has been saying that he wants to make a decision before the end of the month, which is today. Daily Sports 11/30/2017
11/30/2017
@ 2:39p
Nippon Ham Masui contacted the Fighters on November 29, most likely to let them know he was going to sign with another team. Sponichi 11/30/2017
11/29/2017
@ 3:40p
Orix Orix might currently be the front runner to land Masui. They may have gone as many as four years in their offer. Nikkan Sports 11/29/2017, Sports Hochi 11/29/2017, Sanspo 11/29/2017
11/27/2017
@ 9:34p
Yomiuri The Giants are also said to be interested in Masui. Tokyo Sports 11/27/2017
11/23/2017
@ 9:46p
Orix Aside from Fukura, Hiroyuki Nagamura (director) and Koji Mori (pro scout) attended the meeting with Masui on November 22. Masui attended the meeting with his representative. Nikkan Sports is reporting that the Buffaloes may have offered up to four years. Sponichi is reporting that the Buffaloes may have offered something close to what they offered Yoshihisa Hirano (three years at a total of about 900 million yen). Nikkan Sports 11/23/2017, Sponichi 11/23/2017
11/23/2017
@ 2:35a
Orix Fukura attended a meeting with Masui on November 22. The meeting lasted about two hours. Sanspo 11/22/2017
11/22/2017
@ 3:02p
Orix Junichi Fukura is planning to attend the next meeting with Masui. Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017
11/20/2017
@ 12:13a
Orix The Buffaloes apparently did not talk about specific terms (year, money) during their first meeting with Masui, which took place on either November 16 or 17. Nikkan Sports 11/19/2017, Sponichi 11/19/2017
11/20/2017
@ 12:05a 
Chunichi Chunichi is looking into Masui. They will make a decision on him once Shigekazu Mori returns from his overseas scouting trip. Nikkan Sports 11/19/2017
11/19/2017
@ 3:23a
Orix The media learned on November 17 that the Buffaloes met with Masui’s rep. They may have offered as many as four years. Sports Hochi 11/18/2017
11/19/2017
@ 3:16a
Masui signed with Boras Corporation about week ago. They have been handling his negotiations. Sanspo 11/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/18/2017, Sponichi 11/18/2017
11/18/2017
@ 3:34a
Masui told reporters on November 17 that he hoped to have everything settled before the end of the month. At latest, the end of December. He also told reporters that he is going to let his representative handle all negotiations. Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
11/17/2017
@ 2:39a
Orix The Buffaloes are interested. They might be more inclined to make a move if Yoshihisa Hirano finds a home in the US. Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017

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