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RAK

[12/6/2018] Rakuten Eagles to add Jabari Blash

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018, Sponichi 12/6/2018

[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.

Source: Rakuten 12/7/2018, Sports Hochi 12/7/2018, Daily Sports 12/7/2018

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HAM

[12/6/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Justin Hancock

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.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/5/2018, Sanspo 12/5/2018, Daily Sports 12/5/2018, Sports Hochi 12/5/2018, Sponichi 12/5/2018, Sponichi 12/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/5/2018

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HIR

[12/4/2018] Hiroshima Carp reach agreement with Casey Lawrence

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.

Source: Hiroshima 12/4/2018, Daily Sports 12/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/4/2018

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CHU

[12/3/2018] Chunichi Dragons sign Enny Romero

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.

Source: Chunichi 12/3/2018, Sponichi 12/3/2018, Sports Hochi 12/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2018, Sanspo 12/3/2018

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RAK

[12/3/2018] Rakuten Eagles reach agreement with Alan Busenitz

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.

Source: Rakuten 12/3/2018, Sanspo 12/3/2018, Jiji 12/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2018, Sanspo 12/3/2018, Daily Sports 12/3/2018, Sponichi 12/3/2018

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HAN

[11/27/2018] Hanshin Tigers reach agreement with Pierce Johnson

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.

Source: Hanshin 12/8/2018, Sponichi 12/8/2018, Sanspo 12/8/2018

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RAK

[11/22/2018] Rakuten Eagles close to an agreement with Alan Busenitz

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 11/22/2018

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YOM

[11/22/2018] Yomiuri Giants reach agreement with Christian Villanueva

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).

Source: Yomiuri 11/21/2018, Sanspo 11/22/2018, Sponichi 11/22/2018, Sponichi 11/21/2018, Daily Sports 11/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2018

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SEI

[11/22/2018] Seibu Lions reach agreement with Zach Neal

The Seibu Lions announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old pitcher Zach Neal.

Source: Seibu 11/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2018, Sanspo 11/22/2018, Sponichi 11/22/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/22/2018

[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 12/8/2018

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LOT

[11/6/2018] Chiba Lotte Marines reach agreement with Kennys Vargas

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.

Source: Lotte 11/6/2018, Daily Sports 11/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/6/2018

[UPDATE 1/12 @ 3:30am]

Vargas has been assigned the uniform number 42.

Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/11/2019

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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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