Tag Archive: Foreign Interest

CHU

[1/4/2018] Chunichi Dragons reach agreement with Dillon Gee

The Chunichi Dragons announced on January 4 that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old pitcher Dillon Gee. He was assigned the uniform number 60. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated 120 million yen plus an estimated 30 million yen in incentives.

Source: Chunichi 1/4/2018, Sports Hochi 1/4/2018, Sanpso 1/4/2018, Tokyo Sports 1/4/2018, Daily Sports 1/4/2018

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SOF

[12/30/2017] Softbank Hawks interested in Yurisbel Gracial

The Softbank Hawks are interested in thirty-two-year-old Cuban Yurisbel Gracial. A Softbank official is currently in Cuba scouting the infielder. The Hawks most likely see Gracial as both injury insurance and competition to keep other players motivated.

The Hawks already have three of their four foreign player slots filled with Alfredo Despaigne, Dennis Sarfate, and Rick van den Hurk. Livan Moinelo could get the last spot, with Robert Suarez also a possibility.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2017, Daily Sports 12/30/2017

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CHU

[12/27/2017] Chunichi Dragons sign Onelki Garcia

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they signed twenty-eight-year-0ld pitcher Onelki Garcia. 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 12/27/2017, Sanspo 12/27/2017, Tokyo Sports 12/27/2017, Sports Hochi 12/27/2017


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CHU

[12/27/2017] Chunichi Dragons add Zoilo Almonte and Steven Moya

The Chunichi Dragons announced on December 26 that they signed two new foreign players: twenty-eight-year-old Zoilo Almonte and twenty-six-year-old Steven Moya. Almonte was assigned the uniform number 42, Moya the uniform number 44.

According to media reports, both players agreed to one-year contracts worth an estimated fifty million yen plus incentives.

Source: Chunichi 12/26/2017Daily Sports 12/26/2017, Sanspo 12/26/2017, Sponichi 12/26/2017


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RAK

[12/27/2017] Rakuten Eagles reach agreement with O’Koyea Dickson

The Rakuten Eagles announced on December 26 that they reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old O’Koyea Dickson. He was assigned the uniform number 55.

Dickson had surgery on his left shoulder in October and is currently making his way back from the injury. The Eagles confirmed through a physical that he is making steady progress.

The Eagles will head into the 2018 season with seven foreign players (three pitchers, four position players).

Source: Rakuten 12/26/2017, Sanspo 12/26/2017, Sports Hochi 12/26/2017, Daily Sports 12/26/2017

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LOT

[12/25/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines reach agreement with Matt Dominguez

The Chiba Lotte Marines have reportedly reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Matt Dominguez on a one-year contract. An official announcement from the Marines has yet to be made. The original report was tweeted by Steve Adams (MLB Trade Rumors).

Source: Sanspo 12/25/2017, Daily Sports 12/25/2017, Sponichi 12/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/25/2017, Sports Hochi 12/25/2017

[UPDATE 1/5 @ 9:54pm]

The Marines may be close to finalizing an agreement with Dominguez. An announcement could be made some time early next week.

Source: Daily Sports 1/5/2018

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[12/25/2017] Hanshin Tigers interested in Po-Jung Wang

The Hanshin Tigers are interested in twenty-four-year-old outfielder Po-Jung Wang. The Tigers are planning to continue sending someone to keep an eye on him next year. They are hoping to find out how much it might cost to acquire him.

A number of other NPB are also said to be interested: Yomiuri, Softbank, Seibu, and Lotte. MLB teams could also get involved. However, there are rumors that Wang is currently interested in the NPB and is a fan of Yuki Yanagita (Softbank) and Yoshio Itoi (Hanshin).

Wang is a member of the Lamigo Monkeys (CPBL). He batted over .400 the last two seasons (200-for-483, .414/.476/.689 in 2016 and 178-for-437, .407/.491/.700 in 2017) and could earn his international free agent option next year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/25/2017, Sports Hochi 12/25/2017, Sponichi 12/25/2017, Sanspo 12/25/2017

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LOT

[12/23/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines exploring talent options from Cuba

The Chiba Lotte Marines are interested in maintaining their relationship with Cuba by signing another player. They are looking for a young player (pitcher or position player) that they can help develop. A team official is already in Cuba planning to hold a tryout. They might have a chance to check out twenty-year-old Yoelkis Cespedes.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/23/2017

[UPDATE 12/27 @ 12:33am]

Ten players (five pitchers, five position players) between sixteen and twenty-three years of age attended Lotte’s tryout in Cuba. Yoelkis Cespedes was not in the group. The Marines will now go over footage from the tryout and review data on the players before they make any final decisions. They could sign up to two players to Ikusei contracts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/26/2017, Sponichi 12/26/2017, Daily Sports 12/26/2017

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ORI

[12/21/2017] Orix Buffaloes add Andrew Albers

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-two-year-old pitcher Andrew Albers. He was assigned the uniform number 27. The Buffaloes would like to see Albers win a spot in the starting rotation.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 900,000 US dollars.

Source: Orix 12/21/2017, Sanspo 12/21/2017, Daily Sports 12/21/2017, Daily Sports 12/21/2017


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YAK

[12/20/2017] Yakult Swallows reach agreement with David Huff

The Yakult Swallows announced on December 20 that they reached an agreement with thirty-three-year-old pitcher David Huff. He was assigned the uniform number 45. The Swallows are thinking about using Huff as a starter. They are also open to using him as a closer if their options struggle.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a one-year contract worth an estimated 1.3 million US dollars plus incentives.

Source: ZakZak 12/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/20/2017, Sports Hochi 12/20/2017, Sponichi 12/20/2017, Daily Sports 12/20/2017, Sanspo 12/20/2017


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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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