The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they reached an agreement with Mike Bolsinger. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a new one-year contract worth an estimated 1.7 million US dollars.0 Comments
The Yakult Swallows announced that they finalized salaries and contracts for five foreign players.
(Salaries are estimates)0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they signed twenty-six-year-old Johnny Barbato to a contract.
Source: Nippon Ham 12/20/2018
[UPDATE 12/21 @ 11:26am]
According to at least two media reports, Barbato agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated seventy million yen.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old Onelki Garcia. According to media reports, he agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1.5 million US dollars.
In twenty-seven games for the Chunichi Dragons this year, Garcia went 13-9 with a 2.99 ERA (1.29 WHIP). He walked seventy-three (3.90 BB/9) and struck out 132 (7.04 K/9) over 168.2 innings of work.
[UPDATE 12/28 @ 1:20am]
The Tigers announced that Garcia was assigned the uniform number 77.
Source: Hanshin 12/28/20180 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced that they finalized a contract with twenty-five-year-old pitcher Jen-Lei Liao. He was assigned the uniform number 50.
Liao was selected in the seventh round of the 2016 draft by the Yomiuri Giants. He went 3-1 with a 3.82 ERA (1.70 WHIP) in thirty-one Ni-gun games between 2017 and 2018.
Source: Seibu 12/17/2018
[UPDATE 1/25/2019 @ 2:04am]
The Lions held a press conference for Liao on January 24. According to Tokyo Sports, his salary will be an estimated six million yen.0 Comments
The media learned on December 12, through Yakult Swallows official Masayuki Okumura, that the Yakult Swallows have reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old Albert Suarez. The right-handed pitcher is the older brother of Softbank’s Robert Suarez.0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters and Yakult Swallows agreed on a trade. The Fighters will send twenty-seven-year-old Hirotoshi Takanashi and twenty-one-year-old Kengo Ota to the Swallows for twenty-nine-year-old Ryo Akiyoshi and twenty-seven-year-old Ryota Yachi.
[UPDATE 12/18 @ 10:44am]
The Fighters held a press conference for Akiyoshi and Yachi on December 17. They were assigned the uniform numbers 39 and 32, respectively.
Source: Nippon Ham 12/17/2018
[UPDATE 12/19 @ 1:09am]
The Swallows held a press conference for Takanashi and Ota on December 18. Takanashi was assigned the uniform number 14, Ota the number 46.
Source: Yakult 12/18/20180 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Yuki Nishi. He was assigned the uniform number 16. According to media reports, he agreed to a four-year deal worth an estimated one billion yen in total.
Source: Hanshin 12/7/2017, Sponichi 12/8/2018, Sponchi 12/8/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, ZakZak 12/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018, Daily Sports 12/8/2018, Daily Sports 12/7/2018, Daily Sports 12/7/2018, Sanspo 12/7/2018, Sports Hochi 12/7/2018
[UPDATE 12/15 @ 3:10am]
The Tigers held a press conference for Nishi at a hotel in Osaka on December 14. He was assigned the uniform number 160 Comments
According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Yomiuri Giants are trying to sign twenty-two-year-old Reimin Ramos and twenty-two-year-old Israel Mota to Ikusei contracts. The two attended tryouts held by the Giants in the Dominican Republic last moth and passed.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018
[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:00pm]
The Giants announced that they reached agreements with Ramos and Mota. Ramos was assigned the uniform number 025 and Mota 014. Both players are slated to arrive in Japan in late-January.
Source: Yomiuri 12/7/2018
[UPDATE 12/8 @ 2:35pm]
According to Daily Sports, the two players are slated to make an estimated 20,000 US dollars next year.
Source: Daily Sports 12/8/20180 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-seven-year-old Hisashi Iwakuma. A formal agreement, followed by a press conference, will be made on a later date.
[UPDATE 12/20 @ 4:35am]
The Giants held a press conference for Iwakuma on December 19. He was assigned the uniform number 21. According to media reports, Iwakuma agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty million yen.0 Comments