Tag Archive: 2017 Posting


[1/7/2018] Kazuhisa Makita reaches agreement with San Diego Padres

Kazuhisa Makita has apparently signed a two-year deal worth close to four million US dollars with the San Diego Padres, according to Jon Heyman. The Seibu Lions later announced that Makita reached an agreement with San Diego. The Padres also made an official announcement at their site.

Source: San Diego 1/6/2018, FanRag Sports 1/6/2018, Sanspo 1/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/7/2018, Daily Sports 1/7/2018, Tokyo Sports 21/7/2018, Sports Hochi 1/7/2018

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[2017 Posting] Shohei Otani Rumors

Date Team Update
@ 12:42a
Otani had PRP therapy on his right elbow in October as a preventative measure. MLB teams were informed about the procedure. Yahoo Sports is reporting that Otani has a “damaged ulnar collateral ligament.” Tokyo Sports 12/13/2017, Sanspo 12/13/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2017Sports Illustrated 12/11/2017Yaho Sports 12/13/2017
@ 11:16a
The Fighters are planning to hold a farewell press conference at Sapporo Dome for Otani next year in January. Sponichi 12/12/2017
@ 11:15a
Otani returned to Japan on December 12 and went back to his dorm at the Fighters Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya. He will resume his rehab training until he heads back to the US for spring training. ZakZak 12/12/2017, Sponichi 12/12/2017
@ 10:53p
MLB Otani selected the Angels. MLB.com
@ 4:42a
Otani was posted on December 1 (US time). Teams will have until December 22 (US time) to sign him. MLB.com 12/1/2017Daily Sports 12/2/2017, Sponichi 12/2/2017
@ 2:24p
Otani flew out of Haneda Airport on the evening of November 29 and arrived in Los Angeles on November 30 (Japan time), most likely to meet with his agent ahead of his posting. He did not speak to the media before he climbed into a car waiting for him at the airport. Otani is traveling with a interpreter from the Fighters. ZakZak 11/30/2017, Tokyo Sports 11/30/2017, Sponichi 11/30/2017, Daily Sports 11/30/2017
@ 11:05p 
Otani is asking MLB clubs to: evaluate Otani as a two-way player, pitcher, or hitter; describe player development, medical and training philosophies and facilities; give information on major league, minor league, and spring training facilities; show how teams plan to help Otani adjust to the new culture; outline life after signing with teams; show the benefits of having Otani; provide characteristics of the team. Daily Sports 11/26/2017
@ 2:41a
The Nippon Ham Fighters are expected to post Otani on December 2. Sanspo 11/22/2017
@ 2:34a
According to Sanspo, sixteen MLB teams are currently interested in Otani. Sanspo 11/22/2017

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[2017 Posting] Kazuhisa Makita Rumors

Date Team Update
1/9/2018 Makita signed a management contract with Yoshimoto Creative Agency. Sponichi 1/8/2018
@ 2:10p
Seibu does not think a decision on Makita will be made before the end of the year. Sponichi 12/24/2017
@ 10:52p
The Rangers are interested in Makita. Other teams could include the Blue Jays and White Sox. Sponichi 12/16/2017, Tokyo Sports 12/16/2017, Sanspo 12/16/2017
@ 1:34a
The Seibu Lions announced that they filed paperwork to post Makita on December 11. Seibu 12/11/2017
@ 3:42a
The media learned on December 8 that Makita will most likely be posted some time next week. Sponichi 12/9/2017
@ 1:54p
Makita has apparently hired Steve Hilliard to represent him. Sponichi 12/1/2017
@ 10:07p
Makita could stay with the Lions depending on the kind of offers he receives. He said on November 23, “Will I get a major league offer? Do I stay if I get a minor league offer, or do I still go? Something I have to think about.” Sponichi 11/23/2017, Daily Sports 11/23/2017
@ 12:43a
Makita told reporters that he was going to wait for the offers to arrive and then pick the one with the best terms. Nikkan Sports 11/21/2017
@ 1:19a
Makita felt a strong push to try for the Majors after he pitched in a game against the Netherlands during this year’s World Baseball Classic, though he first told the Seibu Lions about his desire to go to the Majors during contract negotiations in 2014. He is prepared to wait into the New Year. Sponichi 11/19/2017, Daily Sports 11/19/2017

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