The Rakuten Eagles are close to adding twenty-nine-year-old Jabari Blash. Team official Hiroshi Abei told reporters on December 5 that they were still doing the paperwork and that a formal announcement could be made as early as December 7.
[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:11pm]
The Eagles announced that they reached an agreement with Blash. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to Daily Sports, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 120 million yen.0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Justin Hancock. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated seventy million yen.0 Comments
The Hiroshima Carp announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old Casey Lawrence. He was assigned the uniform number 70. According to Daily Sports and Nikkan Sports, Lawrence agreed to a salary worth an estimated 520,000 US dollars plus incentives and a signing bonus worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars.0 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons announced that they signed twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Enny Romero. He was assigned the uniform number 70. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 50 million yen plus incentives.0 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Alan Busenitz. He is a candidate to close. According to media reports, Busenitz agreed to a salary worth an estimated 70 million yen.0 Comments
According to a report by Daily Sports, the Hanshin Tigers have reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old Pierce Johnson. A Hanshin official is expected to travel to the United States in early-December to finalize a formal contract.
Source: Daily Sports 11/27/2018
[UPDATE 12/8 @ 11:01pm]
The Tigers announced that they finalized a contract with Johnson. According to media reports, they agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated 800,000 US dollars.0 Comments
Rakuten Eagles General Manager Kazuhisa Ishii told reporters on November 21 that they were close to reaching an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Alan Busenitz. Ishii also said that Busenitz was one of three players they had on their list and that he was a candidate to close.
Incidentally, the Minnesota Twins posted the following in an official release from November 20:
Additionally, the Twins have granted right-handed pitcher Alan Busenitz his unconditional release, allowing him to be purchased by the Rakuten Eagles of the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan.
Source: MLB.com 11/20/2018, Daily Sports 11/22/2018, Daily Sports 11/21/2018, Sports Hochi 11/21/2018, Sponichi 11/21/2018, Sponichi 11/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2018, Sanspo 11/21/2018, Sanspo 11/21/2018, Sanspo 11/22/20180 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old Christian Villanueva. His registered name will be Villanueva and his uniform number 33.
I am honored to sign a contract with the Yomiuri Giants, a team with tradition. I have never been to Japan, but I have an image of Japanese players as disciplined and players that practice a lot. I am looking forward to playing in front of the large crowds at Tokyo Dome. With new teammates and a new environment, I will do my best to help the team win a pennant and championship.
According to media reports, the two side agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated two million US dollars (includes signing bonus).0 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old pitcher Zach Neal.
[UPDATE 11/22 @ 11:24pm]
According to Nikkan Sports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 71.5 million yen.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2018
[UPDATE 11/24 @ 2:24am]
Sponichi is reporting the deal to be worth an estimated 650,000 US dollars.
Source: Sponichi 11/23/2018
[UPDATE 12/9 @ 5:40pm]
The Lions announced that they finalized an agreement with Neal. He was assigned the uniform number 54.
Source: Seibu 12/8/20180 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they acquired twenty-eight-year-old Kennys Vargas. According to various reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1.5 million US dollars.
[UPDATE 1/12 @ 3:30am]
Vargas has been assigned the uniform number 42.0 Comments