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[2/22/2019] Rakuten Eagles reach Ikusei agreement with Luis Jimenez

The Rakuten Eagles announced that they reached an agreement to sign thirty-one-year-old Luis Jimenez to an Ikusei contract. They also gave him the uniform number 124.

Source: Rakuten 2/22/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/22/2019, Sports Hochi 2/22/2019, Sponichi 2/22/2019, Sanspo 2/22/2019, Daily Sports 2/22/2019

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CHU

[2/22/2019] Chunichi Dragons sign Sandy Brito to Ikusei contract

The Chunichi Dragons announced that they signed Sandy Brito to an Ikusei contract (one year at an estimated five million yen). He was assigned the uniform number 201.

Source: Chunichi 2/22/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/22/2019, Sports Hochi 2/22/2019, Sponichi 2/22/2019, Daily Sports 2/22/2019, Sanspo 2/22/2019

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ORI

[2/5/2019] Orix Buffaloes to add Yoshihisa Naruse to roster

The Orix Buffaloes announced that they are going to add the thirty-three-year-old Yoshihisa Naruse to their roster. He was assigned the uniform number 46. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a salary worth an estimated fifteen million yen plus incentives.

Naruse pitched in a practice scrimmage on February 4. He faced six batters, threw twenty-five pitches, gave up two could-be hits, and struck out one (K, 1B8, G6, F6, 1B8, F9). He topped out at 135km/h.

Source: Orix 2/4/2019, Sponichi 2/5/2019, Sports Hochi 2/5/2019, Daily Sports 2/5/2019, Daily Sports 2/4/2019, Sanspo 2/4/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/4/2019

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YAK

[1/24/2019] Ryota Igarashi returns to the Yakult Swallows

The Yakult Swallows held a press conference to formally announce the return of thirty-nine-year-old Ryota Igarashi. He was assigned the uniform number 53. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a salary of twenty million yen plus incentives.

Igarashi began his NPB career when the Swallows selected him in the second round of the 1997 draft. He left the Swallows after the 2009 season through free agency and spent the next three seasons in the Majors. He returned to Japan in 2013 and signed with the Softbank Hawks.

Source: Yakult 1/24/2019, Daily Sports 1/24/2019, Tokyo Sports 1/24/2019, Sponichi 1/24/2019

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LOT

[1/23/2019] Chiba Lotte Marines add Kenta Chatani as Ikusei player

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that twenty-one-year-old Kenta Chatani will join their team as an Ikusei player. His uniform number will be 124.

Chatani was senryokugaied by Softbank and later turned down an offer to remain as an Ikusei player.

Source: Lotte 1/23/2019, Sponichi 1/23/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2019, Sanspo 1/23/2019

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[1/23/2019] Yokohama Bay Stars sign Remy Cordero to Ikusei contract

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that they reached an agreement to sign twenty-one-year-old Remy Cordero to an Ikusei contract. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to Sanspo, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 2.4 million yen.

Cordero is already in Japan and started workouts at the Ni-gun facilities in Yokosuka.

Source: Yokohama 1/23/2019, Sports Hochi 1/23/2019, Sponichi 1/23/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2019, Sanspo 1/23/2019

[UPDATE 1/26 @ 2:02pm]

The Bay Stars held a press conference for Cordero on January 25. He was assigned the uniform number 107.

Source: Yokohama 1/25/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2019

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LOT

[1/15/2019] Chiba Lotte Marines add Brandon Laird

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they added thirty-one-year-old Brandon Laird to their team. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. The media is reporting Laird agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1.1 million US dollars.

Source: Lotte 1/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019, Sponichi 1/15/2019

[UPDATE 1/16 @ 2:30pm]

The Marines announced that Laird was assigned the uniform number 54.

Source: Sponichi 1/16/2019, Sports Hochi 1/16/2019, Daily Sports 1/16/2019

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ORI

[1/15/2019] Orix Buffaloes reach agreement with Tyler Eppler

The Orix Buffaloes announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-six-year-old Tyler Eppler. He was assigned the uniform number 42. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 600,000 US dollars.

Source: Orix 1/15/2019, Sanspo 1/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019, Chunichi Sports 1/15/2019, Daily Sports 1/15/2019, Sponichi 1/15/2019

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LOT

[1/7/2019] Chiba Lotte Marines reach agreement with Josh Ravin

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they reach an agreement with thirty-year-old Josh Ravin. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 800,000 US dollars. Ravin has not yet been assigned a uniform number.

Source: Lotte 1/7/2019, Sanspo 1/7/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/7/2019, Sponichi 1/7/2019, Sports Hochi 1/7/2019, Daily Sports 1/7/2019

[UPDATE 1/12 @ 3:27am]

Ravin has been assigned the uniform number 00.

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

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YOM

[12/29/2018] Yomiuri Giants reach agreement with Ryan Cook

The Yomiuri Giants announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old Ryan Cook. He is slated to arrive in Japan in late-January and will be assigned the uniform number 24. According to media reports, his salary will be an estimated 1.3 million US dollars.

Source: Yomiuri 12/29/2018, Daily Sports 12/29/2018, Sanspo 12/29/2018, Sponichi 12/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/29/2018

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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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