Thirty-one-year-old catcher Tsubasa Aizawa held a press conference at Mazda Stadium on Thursday (October 10) and announced that he will remain with the Hiroshima Carp and will not exercise the free agent option he earned this season. According to media reports, he agreed to a three-year deal that could be worth around 600 million yen (up from the estimated 92 million he made this year).0 Comments
According to numerous media reports, Yoshiharu Maru is planning to sign with the Yomiuri Giants. An official announcement could be made some time today.
[UPDATE 11/30 @ 3:21pm]
Maru spoke to media at Mazda Stadium today and told them he decided to sign with the Giants. He made the decision last night and contacted Tatsunori Hara this morning. He also contacted Tadahito Iguchi to turn down Lotte’s offer (his agent contact Lotte officials).
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2018, Sponichi 11/30/2018, Sponichi 11/30/2018, Daily Sports 11/30/2018, Daily Sports 11/30/2018, Daily Sports 11/30/2018, Sanspo 11/30/2018, Sanspo 11/30/2018
[UPDATE 12/1 @ 2:07am]
The Giants have offered Maru the uniform numbers 8 and 24.
Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2018
[UPDATE 12/14 @ 12:09am]
The Giants held a press conference for Maru at a hotel in Tokyo on December 11. He was assigned the uniform number 8. According to media reports, he agreed to a five year deal worth an estimated 2.55 billion yen (and possibly over 3 billion yen with performance bonuses). Maru’s salary in 2019 will be an estimated 450 million yen.0 Comments
Ginjiro Sumitani informed the Seibu Lions on November 23 that he was planning to sign with another team. He then told the Yomiuri Giants that he wanted to accept their offer on November 24. The Giants are planning to hold a press conference on November 26 after Sumitani formally signs what is said to be a three-year contract worth an estimated 600 million yen.
Source: ZakZak 11/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018, Sponichi 11/24/2018, Sponichi 11/24/2018, Sponichi 11/25/2018, Sports Hochi 11/24/2018, Daily Sports 11/24/2018, Daily Sports 11/24/2018, Sanspo 11/24/2018
[UPDATE 11/27 @ 11:10am]
The Giants held a press conference for Sumitani on November 26. He was assigned the uniform number 27. According to media reports, he agreed to a three-year contract that will be worth an estimated 15o million yen next year.0 Comments
Hideto Asamura has reportedly informed the Rakuten Eagles that he wants to make Sendai his new home. Asamura has also informed the Orix Buffaloes, Softbank Hawks, and Seibu Lions about his plans to sign with another team. The Eagles could make a formal announcement of a deal some time soon.
Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2018, Sponichi 11/20/2018, Sponichi 11/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/20/2018, Sports Hochi 11/20/2018, Sports Hochi 11/20/2018, Sports Hochi 11/20/2018
[UPDATE 11/21 @ 11:32am]
[UPDATE 12/2 @ 7:03am]
The Eagles held a press conference for Asamura on December 1. He was assigned the uniform number 3. According to various media reports, Asamura agreed to a four-year deal worth an estimated 2.0 to 2.4 billion yen in total.2 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 Seibu Lions announced that Takeya Nakamura decided to exercise his international free agent option and stay with the organization. The Lions released the following statement from Nakamura:
I decided to exercise my international free agent option because I want to continue wearing the Lions uniform. I want to wear this uniform and, with the help from fans, hit as many home runs as possible, beginning next year. I also want to taste the happiness of winning the Nippon Series we failed to win this year with this team.
Thirty-three-year-old Koji Aoyama has decided not to exercise his international free agent option and will stay with the Rakuten Eagles. The Eagles released the following statement from Aoyama:
The biggest reason [for not using my option] is because I love the Rakuten Eagles.
I feel strongly about the team because of the cheering fans and the helpful team staff.
[The Eagles] allowed me to pitch this year. I hope I can do more next season to help.
I want to toss Nashida-kantoku into the air.
Source: Rakuten announcement0 Comments
Shun Yamaguchi visited the Yokohama Bay Star offices in Yokohama on November 8 to file paperwork for his domestic free agent option. He told reporters he struggled with his decision because he loves the team and feels they are close to becoming a championship-caliber team, but was also curious about hearing what other teams thought about him. He also said he wanted to listen to all offers and that remaining in Yokohama was still an option.
[UPDATE 11/10 @ 2:41am]
The Bay Stars last offer to Yamaguchi may have been a three year deal worth over 500 million yen.
Source: Sponichi 11/9/2016
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Twenty-nine-year-old Daikang Yoh visited the Nippon Ham Fighters’ offices in Toyohira Ward, Sapporo on November 7 to inform the team of his decision. He later held a press conference to announce his decision to use his domestic free agent option.
A part of me wanted to stay with the Fighters after the team won the championship, but this is a young team. This is an option I earned after eleven years. I spent a week thinking about what to do. I feel I still have a lot more to learn and there is only so much time left in my career. I made this decision yesterday with the hopes that my family and I, as well as the organization, can move forward in the right direction.
Yoh is scheduled to return to Taiwan on November 8. His agent will be handling negotiations with other teams.
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