Tag Archive: Foreign Interest

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[9/13/2016] Hanshin Tigers looking for help overseas

The Hanshin Tigers are looking to sign a new foreign player for the 2017 season. A number of reports were filed today.

Nikkan Sports: There is a good chance Matt Hague will not return next season. The Tigers are looking for a middle of the order bat. They considered Alex Guerrero this year and are again considering him for next year. They believe he might succeed in Japan because he does not try to pull everything. Officials will be checking film for a number of players, including Guerrero’s.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2016

Sanspo: The Tigers are serious about signing a power bat. The free agent market is an option, but there is no guarantee the players they want will be available. The Tigers are apparently talking about Carlos Gomez, but he might be priced out of their range. Sanspo asked Gomez about Japan and he appeared to be open about the possibility, but his primary focus is the MLB. He also mentioned that he once got an offer from Japan about seven years ago.

Source: Sanspo 9/13/2016

Sports Hochi: The Tigers have apparently narrowed down their options to about ten players playing in the United States and Korea. Eric Thames could be one of them. He is currently playing for the NC Dinos in Korea.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/13/2016

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[7/22/2016] Hanshin Tigers looking into Alex Guerrero

The Hanshin Tigers are looking into twenty-nine-year-old Alex Guerrero because of Tsuyoshi Nishioka’s recent injury. Their seventy-man roster is currently full, but they could trade someone to make room. They will have to work fast because the deadline (July 31) is fast approaching.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2016

[UPDATE 7/23 @ 5:46am]

Team official Keiichiro Yotsufuji denied the team was looking to sign a foreign player.

Source: Tokyo Sports 7/22/2016

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RAK

[7/21/2016] Rakuten Eagles sign Carlos Peguero

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old outfielder Carlos Peguero. He was assigned the uniform number 71. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated twenty-five million yen.

Source: Rakuten announcement, Daily Sports 7/21/2016, Sponichi 7/21/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/21/2016

[UPDATE 7/26 @ 6:19pm]

The Eagles held a press conference for Peguero on July 26.

Source: Rakuten announcement

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SEI

[7/20/2016] Seibu Lions add Brian Wolfe

The Seibu Lions announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-five-year-old pitcher Brian Wolfe. He was assigned the uniform number 69. According to the media, the two sides agreed to a salary worth an estimated 150,000 US dollars plus incentives.

Source: Seibu announcement, Daily Sports 7/20/2016, Sponichi 7/20/2016, Sanspo 7/20/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/20/2016, Jiji Press 7/20/2016

[UPDATE 7/21 @ 2:22am]

The Lions gave Wolfe a tryout when they were in Las Vegas for Felipe Paulino.

Source: Tokyo Sports 7/20/2016

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RAK

[7/11/2016] Rakuten Eagles announce agreement with Felix Perez

The Rakuten Eagles officially announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old outfielder Felix Perez today. He was assigned the uniform number 98. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifteen million yen.

The Eagles released the following statement from Perez:

I am grateful for the opportunity to test my abilities. I want to thank everyone that has helped me up to now and I also want to thank the Rakuten Eagles organization for giving me a chance. I will do everything in my power to help the Eagles make it to the Climax Series for all the many cheering fans.

Source: Rakuten announcement, Jiji 7/11/2016, Sanspo 7/11/2016

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YOK

[7/9/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars hoping to strengthen bullpen with Mike Broadway

The Yokohama Bay Stars are looking to add twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Mike Broadway. He could arrive in Japan as early as next week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/9/2016, Sponichi 7/9/2016, Daily Sports 7/9/2016

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RAK

[7/8/2016] Rakuten Eagles could add two new foreign players before the end of the month

The Rakuten Eagles have reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old Felix Perez. He is in Japan and has already passed his physical. The two sides are expected to finalize their agreement once he gets his work visa.

The Eagles are also interested in Carlos Peguero. According Sanspo and Sponichi, the two sides are close to reaching an agreement. He cold join the team later this month.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/8/2016, Sports Hochi 7/8/2016Sanspo 7/8/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/8/2016, Sponichi 7/8/2016

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[6/27/2016] Sanspo: Rakuten reaches agreement with Felix Perez

Sanspo is reporting that the Rakuten Eagles have reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old outfielder Felix Perez. The two sides have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated ten million yen. The agreement is pending a physical.

Source: Sanspo 6/27/2016

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[6/25/2016] Hiroshima Carp reach agreement with Steve Delabar

The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-two-year-old pitcher Steve Delabar. He was assigned the uniform number 70. According to reports by the media, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 387,500 US dollars plus incentives.

Source: Hiroshima announcement, Sports Hochi 6/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/25/2016, Sponichi 6/25/2016

[UPDATE 7/8 @ 7:15pm]

The Carp held a press conference for Delabar at the team offices in Hiroshima earlier today.

Source: Hiroshima announcement

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[6/12/2016] Hanshin Tigers to announce agreeement with Cody Satterwhite on June 13

According to Daily Sports, the Hanshin Tigers have reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Cody Satterwhite. They are expected to make an official announcement on June 13. The Tigers have been looking for another pitcher to provide the bullpen with more stability, particularly the late-innings.

Source: Daily Sports 6/12/2016

[UPDATE 6/13 @ 4:03pm]

The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they reached an agreement with Satterwhite. The two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number.

Satterwhite is set to arrive in Japan on June 15. He will join the Ni-gun team for practices as soon as he gets his work visa.

Source: Hanshin announcement, Nikkan Sports 6/13/2016, Sanspo 6/13/2016

[UPDATE 6/15 @ 9:43pm]

Satterwhite arrived in Japan today. The Hanshin Tigers are slated to hold a press conference for him on June 16.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/15/2016

[UPDATE 6/16 @ 3:11pm]

The Tigers held a press conference for Satterwhite today. He was assigned the uniform number 75.

Source: Daily Sports 6/16/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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