The Rakuten Eagles announced that they reached agreements with Zelous Wheeler, Frank Herrmann, and Chia-Hao Sung for the 2019 season.
The Eagles also announced that Japhet Amador, Carlos Peguero, and O’Koyea Dickson will not be returning next year.0 Comments
According to numerous media reports, Yoshiharu Maru is planning to sign with the Yomiuri Giants. An official announcement could be made some time today.
[UPDATE 11/30 @ 3:21pm]
Maru spoke to media at Mazda Stadium today and told them he decided to sign with the Giants. He made the decision last night and contacted Tatsunori Hara this morning. He also contacted Tadahito Iguchi to turn down Lotte’s offer (his agent contact Lotte officials).
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2018, Sponichi 11/30/2018, Sponichi 11/30/2018, Daily Sports 11/30/2018, Daily Sports 11/30/2018, Daily Sports 11/30/2018, Sanspo 11/30/2018, Sanspo 11/30/2018
[UPDATE 12/1 @ 2:07am]
The Giants have offered Maru the uniform numbers 8 and 24.
Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2018
[UPDATE 12/14 @ 12:09am]
The Giants held a press conference for Maru at a hotel in Tokyo on December 11. He was assigned the uniform number 8. According to media reports, he agreed to a five year deal worth an estimated 2.55 billion yen (and possibly over 3 billion yen with performance bonuses). Maru’s salary in 2019 will be an estimated 450 million yen.0 Comments
The Yakult Swallows announced that they reached an agreement with Hayato Terahara. The Swallows see Terahara as someone that might be able to provide innings out of the bullpen. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated twenty-two million yen.
[UPDATE 12/10 @ 12:50pm]
Terahara was assigned the uniform number 35.0 Comments
Ginjiro Sumitani informed the Seibu Lions on November 23 that he was planning to sign with another team. He then told the Yomiuri Giants that he wanted to accept their offer on November 24. The Giants are planning to hold a press conference on November 26 after Sumitani formally signs what is said to be a three-year contract worth an estimated 600 million yen.
Source: ZakZak 11/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018, Sponichi 11/24/2018, Sponichi 11/24/2018, Sponichi 11/25/2018, Sports Hochi 11/24/2018, Daily Sports 11/24/2018, Daily Sports 11/24/2018, Sanspo 11/24/2018
[UPDATE 11/27 @ 11:10am]
The Giants held a press conference for Sumitani on November 26. He was assigned the uniform number 27. According to media reports, he agreed to a three-year contract that will be worth an estimated 15o million yen next year.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced that thirty-six-year-old Hiroyuki Nakajima will be joining their organization in 2019. Tatsunori Hara accompanied Nakajima during a press conference at Tokyo Dome earlier today. He was assigned the uniform number 5 (Alex Guerrero’s new number will be 44).
[UPDATE 11/22 @ 11:21pm]
According to media reports, the two side agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 150 million yen.0 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
|12/5/2018||2:03pm – Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Chihiro Kaneko|
|12/4/2018||10:45am – The Fighters could be close to working out a deal with Kaneko. According to Sponichi, their offer may have been a one-year deal worth about 100 million yen plus a nice performance bonus package. Nikkan Sports 12/4/2018, Sponichi 12/4/2018|
|12/3/2018||10:55pm – The Fighters have already met Kaneko and made him an offer. Sponichi 12/3/2018, Sanspo 12/3/2018, Sports Hochi 12/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2018 … 2:50pm – Kaneko is willing to talk to any team interested in his services (domestic or overseas). Daily Sports 12/3/2018, Sponichi 12/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2018|
|12/2/2018||10:57pm – Kaneko is not hard-set on starting and is apparently open to a role out of the bullpen. Sanspo 12/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/2/2018 … 6:58am – The Nippon Ham Fighters are interested. Source: Sanspo 12/1/2018, Chunichi Sports 12/1/2018, Sports Hochi 12/1/2018|
|11/30/2018||2:21pm – The Chunichi Dragons are interested, but uncertain if they have the space. Sports Hochi 11/30/2018 … The Buffaloes are planning to let Kaneko use their facilities for workouts while he is a free agent. Nikkan Sports 11/30/2018|
|11/29/2018||2:46am – The Buffaloes received a call from Kaneko on November 28 asking to be released. They are planning to remove him from their list of reserved players at the end of the month. Kaneko will become a free agent on December 2. Source: Daily Sports 11/28/2018, Sports Hochi 11/28/2018, Sponichi 11/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/28/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/28/2018, Sanspo 11/28/2018|
|11/27/2018||10:46am – According to an interview posted by Tokyo Sports, Kaneko is still interested in the MLB. He also clarified that he wanted to experience the MLB, not take it on as a challenge. Tokyo Sports 11/26/2018|
|11/26/2018||1:34pm – Kaneko is planning to meet the Orix for a fourth time some time in the very near future. He told fans during fan appreciation day on November 25 that he had made a decision and that everyone would soon know how things were going to turn out. Nikkan Sports 11/26/2018, Sponichi 11/26/2018|
|11/24/2018||10:10am – If Kaneko really does become a free agent, the Rakuten Eagles will probably take a look. Rakuten manager Yosuke Hiraishi was teammates with Kaneko when they played for Toyota (Industrial League). And depending on which report you read, Kaneko has yet to make a decision. Sports Hochi 11/24/2018, Daily Sports 11/24/2018, Daily Sports 11/24/2018, Sponichi 11/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/24/2018 … 3:24am – According to Sponichi, Kaneko has opted to become a free agent. Sponichi 11/23/2018|
|11/22/2018||2:10pm – The Buffaloes are okay with signing Kaneko even if he opts to become a free agent. Kaneko is considering all options that might help him reach his goals as a player during the tail-end of his career. Contract terms (salary, years, incentives) are not the main of his discussions with the team. He does not consider the discussions to be negotiations. He likes the Buffaloes, but is not sure if it is in his or the team’s best interest to stay. As for his free agent option, he did not realize he re-earned this season and never even really considered becoming a free agent until the Buffaloes gave him the choice by cutting his salary by more than the allowed forty percent. Sponichi 11/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2018, Sports Hochi 11/22/2018, Daily Sports 11/22/2018, Sanspo 11/22/2018|
|11/21/2018||Kaneko met with the Buffaloes on November 20 for a third round of negotiations. His agent spent about an hour talking to Orix officials. The Buffaloes feel negotiations went well, but Kaneko has yet to make a decision. He has two options: accept the Buffaloes’ offer, or become a free agent. If Kaneko accepts the offer, he will become the first player to see his salary drop by 500 million yen. The previous record of 450 was set by Toshiya Sugiuchi in 2015. Daily Sports 11/21/2018, Sponichi 11/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2018, Sports Hochi 11/21/2018|
|11/20/2018||Kaneko’s salary in 2018 may have been 600 million yen and the Buffaloes may be trying to get him to agree to a 500 million yen reduction. The two sides are slated to meet again some time his week. Chunichi Sports 11/20/2018, Daily Sports 11/20/2018, Sanspo 11/20/2018|
|11/17/2018||The Buffaloes offer to Kaneko might be around 100 million yen, down from the estimated 500 million yen he made this past season. The two sides are expected to meet at least one more time. If Kaneko turns down the offer, he could become a free agent. Sponichi 11/17/2018|
|11/07/2018||The Buffaloes are not sure what Kaneko wants to do. They also feel like he is being a little cold to them. Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018|
|11/06/2018||Kaneko could choose the MLB. Sponichi 11/6/2018 … Kaneko met Orix officials on October 5 for the second time this off-season. Nikkan Sports 11/6/2018, Daily Sports 11/6/2018|
|11/05/2018||The Buffaloes met Kaneko for over two hours on November 5 and discussed his available options. Kaneko has not made it clear what he wants to do yet. They will continue discussions. Tokyo Sports 11/5/2018|
|10/31/2018||According to Sports Hochi, Kaneko could be looking at a pay cut worth over 200 million yen. Sports Hochi 10/31/2018|
|10/30/2018||The media learned that Kaneko was offered a significant salary cut. Sanspo 10/30/2018|
|10/15/2018||Norifumi Nishimura met Kaneko on October 14 and asked him for help next season. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018|
|10/05/2018||Expected to earn second free agent option via injury exception. Planning to consider all options. Sponichi 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018|
Hideto Asamura has reportedly informed the Rakuten Eagles that he wants to make Sendai his new home. Asamura has also informed the Orix Buffaloes, Softbank Hawks, and Seibu Lions about his plans to sign with another team. The Eagles could make a formal announcement of a deal some time soon.
Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2018, Sponichi 11/20/2018, Sponichi 11/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/20/2018, Sports Hochi 11/20/2018, Sports Hochi 11/20/2018, Sports Hochi 11/20/2018
[UPDATE 11/21 @ 11:32am]
[UPDATE 12/2 @ 7:03am]
The Eagles held a press conference for Asamura on December 1. He was assigned the uniform number 3. According to various media reports, Asamura agreed to a four-year deal worth an estimated 2.0 to 2.4 billion yen in total.2 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that they reached agreements with Toru Komura and former Yomiuri Giant Daisuke Nakai. Uniform numbers have not yet been assigned.
Komura was originally drafted by Yokohama in the eighth round of the 2011 draft. He spent three years in their organization, but struggled with right shoulder problems and never made it to Ichi-gun. He retired after he was released by Yokohama in 2014 and remained with the team as a batting practice pitcher. He left the Bay Stars after 2015 and signed with the Shikoku Island League’s Ehime Mandarin Pirates. He spent two seasons with Ehime and played for the BC League’s Toyama GRN Thunderbirds this year.
Nakai spent ten years in the Yomiuri Giants organization and posted a slash line of .244/.301/.351 over 345 games.
[UPDATE 11/27 @ 11:07am]
The Bay Stars held press conferences for Komura and Nakai on November 26. Komura was assigned the uniform number 67 and Nakai the uniform number 0.
According to media reports, Komura agreed to a salary worth an estimated six million yen and Nakai a salary worth an estimated 12 million yen.
Source: Komura – Yokohama 11/26/2018, Sports Hochi 11/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/27/2018, Sponichi 11/27/2018; Nakai – Yokohama 11/26/2018, Sports Hochi 11/26/2018, Daily Sports 11/26/2018, Sanspo 11/27/20180 Comments