Tag Archive: Foreign Interest

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[6/9/2016] Yomiuri Giants sign Gabriel Garcia

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Gabriel Garcia. He was assigned the uniform number 28 and his name will be registered as Gabriel. The media reporting that the two sides agreed to a deal worth an estimated nine million yen.

Source: Yomiuri announcement, Daily Sports 6/9/2016, Sponichi 6/9/2016

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CHU

[6/5/2016] Chunichi Dragons sign Leyson Septimo

The Chunichi Dragons announced that they signed thirty-year-old Leyson Septimo to a contract that will run through to the end of the season. The contract is worth an estimated ten million yen. He has been assigned the uniform number 98.

Source: Chunichi announcementNikkan Sports 6/5/2016

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YOM

[6/1/2016] Yomiuri Giants looking into Gabriel Garcia

The Yomiuri Giants are said to be interested in twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Gabriel Garcia, currently playing for the Shikoku Island League’s Tokushima Indigo Socks.

Through May 31:

  • 9 G, 7-1, 55.0 IP, 32 H, 48 SO, 13 BB, 8 R, 8 ER, 1.31 ERA

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/1/2016, Sponichi 6/1/2016

[UPDATE @ 7:09pm]

Garcia is slated to attend a tryout with the Giants beginning on June 3.

Source: Daily Sports 6/1/2016

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HAN

[5/31/2016] Hanshin Tigers looking for pitching help overseas

According to Sanspo, the Hanshin Tigers are currently checking the overseas market for bullpen help. They are looking at a number of players (possibly including twenty-nine-year-old former Carp Miguel Socolovich, thirty-two-year-old Edward Mujica, twenty-nine-year-old Al Alburquerque, and twenty-nine-year-old Pedro Beato) and are hoping to narrow their options down some time next month.

The Tigers currently have sixty-nine players on their seventy-man roster. They were hoping Marcos Mateo or Rafael Dolis would be able to win an everyday job in the bullpen, but both pitchers have struggled, due to a combination of performance issues and injuries.

Source: Sanspo 5/31/2016

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SEI

[5/29/2016] Seibu Lions reach agreement with Felipe Paulino

The Seibu Lions announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-two-year-old pitcher Felipe Paulino. He is slated to arrive in Japan on May 30 and attend a press conference on May 31.

Source: Seibu announcement, Tokyo Sports 5/29/2016

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[UPDATE @ 5:02pm]

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a contract worth an estimated sixty million yen plus incentives. Paulino was also assigned the uniform number 4.

Source: Daily Sports 5/29/2016, Sports Hochi 5/29/2016

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YAK

[5/26/2016] Yakult Swallows reach agreement with Jae-Hoon Ha

The Yakult Swallows announced today that they reached an agreement with Jae-Hoon Ha. He has been assigned the uniform number 00. A press conference will be held on May 30.

Source: Yakult announcement, Sponichi 5/26/2016

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[UPDATE 5/30 @ 7:07pm]

The Swallows held a press conference for Ha on May 30. He was assigned the uniform number 00. His name will be registered as Jae-Hoon. He is sated to join Ichi-gun practices on May 31.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a contract worth an estimated nine million yen plus incentives (good until the end of the current season).

Source: Yakult announcement, Sponichi 5/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/30/2016

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SEI

[5/22/2016] Seibu Lions interested in Felipe Paulino

The Seibu Lions are looking to bolster their pitching staff and are interested in thirty-two-year-old Felipe Paulino.

The Lions are currently without their ace, Takayuki Kishi. Andy Van Hekken has not lived up to their expectations so far. And with Tomomi Takahashi hurt, they have had to use Kazuhisa Makita as a reliever. Adding Paulino to the staff would give Seibu a few more options without having to rush younger/inexperienced arms like Shinsaburo Tawata and Isamu Sato.

Source: Sponichi 5/22/2016

[UPDATE @ 9:55am]

The Lions have looked at about eight pitchers and found a number of good candidates. Paulino may be at the top of their list.

Source: Sponichi 5/23/2016

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YAK

[5/20/2016] Yakult Swallows interested in Jae-Hoon Ha

The Yakult Swallows are interested in twenty-five-year-old outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha. If discussions go well, they might be able to make an announcement about an agreement within the next few days.

Ha is currently playing for the Tokushima Indigo Socks out of the Shikoku Island League. He is hitting .370 batting average (34-for-92) with five home runs and seventeen RBI in twenty-four games (through May 19). He also has five stolen bases and has crossed the plate twenty-four times. Before joining Tokushima this year, he spent seven years in the Chicago Cubs organization.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/20/2016

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CHU

[5/16/2016] Leyson Septimo tosses bullpen session in front of GM

Leyson Septimo worked out at Nagoya Dome today. He tossed a bullpen session in front of General Manager Hiromitsu Ochiai. The Chunichi Dragons appear to be satisfied with Septimo so far and could sign him if he passes his medical. He has been practicing with the team on a trial basis since May 14.

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/16/2016

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YOK

[5/15/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars reach agreement with Elian Herrera

The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in thirty-one-year-old infielder Elian Herrera.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2016

[UPDATE @ 5:26pm]

The Bay Stars announced that they reached an agreement with Herrera.

Source: Yokohama announcement

[UPDATE 5/16 @ 9:14am]

The two sides may have agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated eighty million yen.

Source: Sponichi 5/16/2016

[UPDATE 5/16 @ 11:24am]

Herrera could arrive in Japan this week and will join the team as soon as he gets his work visa. He might be ready for Inter-league play.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2016

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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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