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[11/15/2018] Rakuten Eagles sign Yoshinori to Ikusei contract

The Rakuten Eagles announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Yoshinori Sato. Yoshinori will sign an Ikusei contract. His uniform number will be 123.

Source: Rakuten 11/15/2018

[UPDATE 11/29 @ 3:43am]

The Eagles held a press conference for Yoshinori at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi on November 28. According to media reports, his salary next season will be an estimated 3.4 million yen.

Source: Rakuten 11/28/2018, Daily Sports 11/28/2018, Sanspo 11/28/2018

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[11/15/2018] Yomiuri Giants: Jungmann, Mercedes, Adames, and Martinez to return in 2019

The Yomiuri Giants announced that Taylor Jungmann, Samuel Adames, Cristopher Crisostomo Mercedes, and Jorge Martinez will be returning next year.

  • Taylor Jungman – estimated one million US dollars
  • Samuel Adames – estimated 80,000 US dollars
  • Cristopher Crisostomo Mercedes – estimated 75,000 US dollars
  • Jorge Martinez – estimated 73,000 US dollars

Scott Mathieson and Alex Guerrero will be in the second year of two-year contracts next season.

The Giants also announced that Casey McGehee and Arquimedes Caminero will not be returning next year.

Source: Yomiuri 11/14/2018, Sanspo 11/14/2018, Sponichi 11/15/2018, Daily Sports 11/15/2018

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[11/14/2018] Hiroshima Carp parting ways with Brad Eldred, Jay Jackson

The Hiroshima Carp announced that Kris Johnson, Geronimo Franzua, Xavier Batista, Alejandro Mejia, and Johnny Hellweg will return next season.

  • Kris Johnson – third year of a three-year contract; an estimated three million US dollars
  • Geronimo Franzua – second year of a six-year contract; an estimated 361,450 US dollars
  • Xavier Batista – third year of a six-year contract; an estimated 347,970 US dollars
  • Alejandro Mejia – third year of a six-year contract; an estimated 120,000 US dollars
  • Johnny Hellweg – one-year contract; an estimated 900,000 US dollars

The Carp also announced that they will not sign Brad Eldred, Jay Jackson, and Leonel Campos to contracts for the 2019 season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2018, Sponichi 11/14/2018, Daily Sports 11/14/2018, Daily Sports 11/14/2018, Sports Hochi 11/14/2018, Sports Hochi 11/14/2018

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[11/8/2018] Takeya Nakamura to exercise option and remain with Seibu

The Seibu Lions announced that Takeya Nakamura decided to exercise his international free agent option and stay with the organization. The Lions released the following statement from Nakamura:

I decided to exercise my international free agent option because I want to continue wearing the Lions uniform. I want to wear this uniform and, with the help from fans, hit as many home runs as possible, beginning next year. I also want to taste the happiness of winning the Nippon Series we failed to win this year with this team.

Source: Seibu 11/8/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/8/2018, Sports Hochi 11/8/2018, Daily Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018, Sanspo 11/8/2018

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Yuki Nishi 2018 Off-season Updates

Date Updates
12/19/2018 1:10am – The Buffaloes are planning to select a player as part of their compensation package from their Tigers. They are hoping to make a decision before the end of the year. Nikkan Sports 12/18/2018, Sponichi 12/18/2018
12/15/2018 3:10am – The Buffaloes received a list of unprotected players from the Tigers on December 14. Sports Hochi 12/14/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/14/2018
12/08/2018 10:49pm – Hanshin Tigers reach agreement with Yuki Nishi
12/06/2018 10:41pm – According to recent media reports, Nishi is planning to sign with the Tigers. Sanspo 12/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018, Daily Sports 12/6/2018
11/25/2018 5:23pm – The Tigers met Nishi for a second time in Osaka on November 24. Their meeting lasted about an hour. The Tigers focused on two main points: Koshien as a pitcher’s park and their hope that Nishi can lead a young group of pitchers. Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018, Sanspo 11/25/2018, Sponichi 11/25/2018, Daily Sports 11/25/2018
11/23/2018 10:26am – Orix’s meeting with Nishi on November 22 was apparently not about their offer, but rather about team plans and how they wanted him to be a part of them. Nikkan Sports 11/24/2018, Sponichi 11/24/2018 … 3:23am – Orix met Nishi for a third meeting on November 22. They may have sweetened their initial offer of four years and 800 million yen. Sports Hochi 11/23/2018
11/21/2018 2:40pm – Nishi met Softbank for a second meeting on November 20. With Hideto Asamura out of the picture, the Hawks can focus their efforts on Nishi (they might sweeten their offer). Nikkan Sports 11/21/2018, Sports Hochi 11/21/2018 … The Tigers might be willing to make adjustments to their offer, which is said to be three to four years at a base 250 million yen a year. Sponichi 11/21/2018
11/20/2018 2:40pm – Nishi has finished his first round of negotiations (Orix, Softbank, Hanshin, Yokohama). He is planning to meet everyone at least one more time. Daily Sports 11/20/2018
11/17/2018 1:53pm – The Tigers met Nishi for negotiations on November 16. It was their first meeting. They may have offered a multi-year contract worth about 250 million yen a year. Discussions reportedly focused more on expectations and general team goals than money. The meeting lasted thirty to forty minutes. Sponichi 11/17/2018 … The Hawks met Nishi in Osaka on November 15. … Nikkan Sports 11/17/2018 … The Hawks’ offer may have been four years and about 1.5 billion yen. Source: Sanspo 11/17/2018
11/16/2018 11:16am – The Tigers reached out to Nishi’s agent on November 15. They might go three to four years at around 250 million yen a year. The Hawks also spoke to Nishi’s agent and may have offered four years at up to around two billion yen (or four years and one billion yen, or four years and base 1.6 billion yen that can go up to around two billion yen after incentives). Yokohama is interested in Nishi, but they want to avoid getting into a bidding war. Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sponichi 11/16/2018, Sports Hochi 11/16/2018
11/15/2018 11:43am  – Latest offer rumors: Orix reportedly started at four years and 800 million yen and pushed up to four years and one billion yen to stay competitive (Daily Sports 11/15/2018); Softbank could go up to four years and two billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/15/2018). … Orix is open to sitting down with Nishi again. Sanspo 11/15/2018
11/9/2018 12:03pm – The Dragons usually stay away from bidding wars and this may be no exception. With Softbank and Hanshin expected to make fairly strong offers, the Dragons might decide to avoid the process from the start. Sanspo 11/9/2018
11/8/2018 11:26am – Latest offer rumors: Orix four years around 200 million yen a year (Daily Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018); Hanshin three to four years about 250 million yen a year (Sponichi 11/8/2018); Softbank four years around 2 billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/8/2018), four years about one billion (Sanspo 11/8/2018). … The Dragons are still interested. Sponichi 11/8/2018 … 5:35am – Nishi submitted paperwork to exercise his free agent option on November 7. He spoke to members of the media after his meeting with Orix officials. The Buffaloes again told him they needed him next year and said they were not going to pull their offer from the table even if he decided to exercise his option. Nishi told the Buffaoes he appreciated their offer, but still wanted to know what other teams felt about him. Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018, Sponichi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018 … The Tigers are planning to reach out to Nishi as soon as possible. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018 … The Hawks are still interested. Sports Hochi 11/7/2018
11/5/2018 Nishi is apparently planning to exercise his option. He could file as early as today. The Orix Buffaloes’ offer may have been four years. The salary might be around 200 million yen. Daily Sports 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018
11/4/2018 Nikkan Sports is reporting that Nishi will probably exercise his option because he is interested in testing the market. Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018 … The Hawks will be looking into Nishi. Sponichi 11/4/2018
10/31/2018 The Hanshin Tigers might be willing to offer four years at around two billion yen. Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018
10/24/2018 The Chunichi Dragons are interested. Nikkan Sports 10/24/2018
10/22/2018 The Tigers are still interested in Nishi. Daily Sports 10/22/2018, Sports Hochi 10/22/2018
10/17/2018 The Buffaloes have already made Nishi a multi-year offer, possibly three to four years. Daily Sports 10/17/2018, Sponichi 10/17/2018
10/15/2018 Norifumi Nishimura met Nishi on October 14 and asked him for help next season. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018
10/10/2018 The Bay Stars are also looking into Nishi. Sports Hochi 10/10/2018
10/6/2018 The Softbank Hawks are interested. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018
10/5/2018 Nishi earned his domestic free agent option this year. He is planning to consider all his options, including asking the Buffaloes to post him, after the season. The Hanshin Tigers are among teams interested if he becomes a free agent. Sanspo 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018
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Yoshihiro Maru 2018 Off-season Updates

Date Updates
12/14/2018 12:11am – The Carp received a list of unprotected players from the Giants. Sports Hochi 12/13/2018, Daily Sports 12/12/2018
11/30/2018 11:36am – Yoshihiro Maru planning to sign with the Yomiuri Giants
11/25/2018 5:15pm – The Yomiuri Giants met Maru at a hotel in Tokyo on November 24. Tatsunori Hara participated in the meeting. The Giants also offered the uniform number 8, the number Hara wore before he retired. Maru is not planning to hold any additional meetings with any of the teams he has met and could make a decision fairly soon. Daily Sports 11/25/2018, Daily Sports 11/25/2018, Daily Sports 11/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018, Sponichi 11/24/2018, Sponichi 11/25/2018Latest Yomiuri offer rumors: five years, 3.5 billion yen (Daily Sports 11/25/2018), five years, over 3.0 billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018, Sponichi 11/25/2018, Sanspo 11/25/2018) … 5:05pm – Tadahito Iguchi offered his uniform number to Maru during their meeting on November 22. Daily Sports 11/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018
11/24/2018 10:14am – Latest Lotte offer rumor: six years, more than 2.4 billion yen (Sponichi 11/24/2018). … 3:20am – Latest Lotte offer rumors: six years, 3.0 billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/23/2018), six years, 2.5 billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/23/2018), base four years, 2.0 billion yen (Sanspo 11/23/2018).
11/22/2018 2:46pm – Maru and his agent met Lotte officials in Tokyo today. Five Lotte officials, including Tadahito Iguchi, were in attendance. The meeting lasted about forty minutes. Sponichi thinks Maru may have been offered six years and over 2.4 billion yen. Sanspo 11/22/2018, Sponichi 11/22/2018
11/20/2018 2:50am – Maru sat down with the Carp for about an hour on November 19. He told reporters he wanted to make sure he got all the information he needed from Hiroshima before he started meeting other teams. Sanspo 11/19/2018, Daily Sports 11/19/2018
11/19/2018 6:27am – Sports Hochi seems to think the Marines could offer up to six years at 2.4 billion yen. They might be able to push the package up to 3.0 billion after incentives. Sports Hochi 11/19/2018 … Daily Sports still has their guess at four years and 2.0 billion yen. Daily Sports 11/19/2018
11/17/2018 1:44pm – The Giants spoke to Maru’s agent on November 15. They are working out a schedule. They might be getting ready to offer a five-year deal worth 3.5 billion yen and the uniform number 8. Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/17/2018 … Or a five-year contract worth about 3 billion yen and the uniform number 8. Nikkan Sports 11/16/2018, Sponichi 11/17/2018
11/16/2018 11:23am – The Marines and Eagles contacted Maru’s agent about their interest on November 15. The Giants offer might be around four to five years and over 2.5 billion yen (or five years and 3.5 billion yen and the uniform number 8).  Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sponichi 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018
11/15/2018 12:15pm – Latest offer rumors: Hiroshima four years and around 1.7 billion yen (Sanspo 11/15/2018); Lotte four years and two billion yen (Sanspo 11/15/2018, Sports Hochi 11/15/2018); Yomiuri four years and over two billion yen, could add a fifth year (Sanspo 11/15/2018), five years over three billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/15/2018).
11/13/2018 12:41pm – ZakZak interview with Maru: his family has not moved to the Kanto area and his commercial contract with Momiji Ginko was put on hold, not terminated. ZakZak 11/12/2018
11/8/2018 10:15am – Latest offer rumors: Yomiuri four years over 2 billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018), six years around 2.5 billion yen (Daily Sports 11/8/2018); Lotte four years around 2 billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018, Sanspo 11/8/2018); Hiroshima three years around 1.2 billion yen (Daily Sports 11/8/2018), four years about 1.7 billion yen (Sanspo 11/8/2018). … 4:23am – Maru has decided to exercise his free agent option. He told reporters he was curious about what other teams thought of him. Hiroshima is not planning to place any deadlines on their offer. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018
11/6/2018 Maru might be will to go up to 2.5 billion yen. Lotte might be willing to go up to 2 billion. Sponichi 11/6/2018 … ZakZak mentions two rumors: his family may have already moved to the Tokyo area and he may be looking for at least five years. ZakZak 11/6/2018
11/4/2018 The Carp’s offer might be four years at around 1.7 billion yen. The Giants might be putting together a deal that is worth about 2.5 billion yen. The Carp are okay with keeping negotiations open even if Maru exercises the option. Sponichi 11/4/2018, Sanspo 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018
10/20/2018 The Yomiuri Giants are interested. Sponichi 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018
10/13/2018 Domestic free agent option. Lotte is interested and could offer a multi-year deal if Maru decides to use his option. One possibility is four years at around two billion yen. Maru is from Chiba and went to a high school in Chiba. Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018, Sanspo 10/13/2018, Sports Hochi 10/13/2018, Sponichi 10/13/2018
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Hideto Asamura 2018 Off-season Updates

Date Updates
12/23/2018 4:46pm – The Lions posted an official announcement on their website. According to Sponichi, the Lions will get an estimated 125 million yen (sixty percent of Asamura’s 2018 salary). Seibu 12/22/2018, Sponichi 12/23/2018
12/22/2018 2:35pm – The Lions announced that they decided to go with full monetary compensation. Sponichi 12/22/2018, Sports Hochi 12/22/2018, Daily Sports 12/22/2018 … 5:35am – The Lions will most likely go with a full monetary compensation package. Sanspo 12/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/21/2018
12/8/2018 4:01pm – The Lions received a list of protected players from the Rakuten Eagles. They have forty days from December 3 to make a decision about their compensation package from the Eagles. Sports Hochi 12/8/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018
11/21/2018 12:27am – Hideto Asamura planning to sign with the Rakuten Eagles
11/20/2018 3:40pm – The Hawks are keeping a tight lid on developments with Asamura. Daily Sports 11/20/2018 … Asamura’s agent met the Lions on November 19. He may have received a new offer of four years and 2.0 billion yen. However, it seems Asamura is planning to leave the Lions. The Eagles could be the front-runners. Sanspo 11/20/2018, Sports Hochi 11/20/2018
11/19/2018 3:50pm – Asamura turned down the Buffaloes earlier today. His agent contacted them and told them that they were not in the running. The Buffaloes never even got the chance to negotiate with Asamura. Nikkan Sports 11/19/2018, Sponichi 11/19/2018, Sanspo 11/19/2018 … 6:31am – Daily Sports, Sanspo, Nikkan Sports are reporting offers at four years and around 2.0 billion yen. Sponichi’s latest report has their guess at four years and over 2.5 billion yen. Daily Sports 11/19/2018, Daily Sports 11/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2018, Sanspo 11/19/2018, Sanspo 11/19/2018, Sponichi 11/19/2018
11/18/2018 10:47pm – The Eagles met Asamura in Tokyo today. Their meeting lasted about two hours. They may have offered a four year deal worth around 2 billion yen and the uniform number 3.  Sponichi 11/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/18/2018, Chunichi Sports 11/18/2018, Sports Hochi 11/18/2018, Daily Sports 11/18/2018
11/17/2018 1:57pm – The Hawks met Asamura in Tokyo on November 16. They may have offered four years and over 2.5 billion yen. Sponichi 11/17/2018 … Or four years and around 2.8 billion yen. Daily Sports 11/17/2018
11/15/2018 12:02pm – Latest offer rumors: Seibu three years and 1.5 billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/15/2018), started at three years and 1.2 billion yen, moved up to three years and 1.5 billion yen (Sanspo 11/15/2018); Orix could go up to four years and offer the uniform number 7 (Sports Hochi 11/15/2018, Sponichi 11/15/2018), three years, 1.5 billion yen, and the uniform number 1 (Nikkan Sports 11/15/2018), four years, 1.6 billion yen, and the uniform number 1 (Sanspo 11/15/2018), four years, two billion yen, and the uniform numbers 1 and 7 (Daily Sports 11/15/2018); Softbank four years and over two billion yen (Sanspo 11/15/2018); Rakuten four years and around two billion yen (Sponichi 11/15/2018).
11/8/2018 10:20am – Latest offer rumors: Rakuten four years around 2 billion yen and possibly the uniform number 3 (Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018, Daily Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018); Orix three years around 1.5 billion yen (Sponichi 11/8/2018), four years about 1.6 billion yen (Sanspo 11/8/2018); Softbank fours years around 2.8 billion yen (Daily Sports 11/8/2018), four years about 2.5 billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/8/2018), four years around 2 billion yen (Sanspo 11/8/2018). … 4:41am – Asamura held a press conference on November 7 to formally announce his decision to exercise his free agent option. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018 … The Eagles are planning to approach Asamura as soon as possible. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018 … The Hawks are also interested in meeting Asamura as soon as possible. Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018
11/6/2018 11:50pm – The Rakuten Ealges could be high on Asamura’s list. Former teammates Naoto Watanabe, General Manager Kazuhisa Ishii, and Takayuki Kishi. He has also gotten close to Takahiro Norimoto. Tokyo Sports 11/6/2018 … Asamura is slated to hold a press conference on November 7. Daily Sports 11/6/2018 … Possible offers: Rakuten four years at 1.6 billion yen or more. Softbank at least three years at 1.5 billion yen. Orix could go up to four years, but three years at 1.5 billion yen. Seibu three years at 1.5 billion yen. Sports Hochi 11/6/2018 … 4:39am – The Lions posted a notice on November 5 that Asamura is planning to exercise his option. Seibu 11/5/2018 … 4:05am – Seibu officials met Asamura on November 5. Asamura told them he wanted to exercise his option to test the free agent waters. Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018
11/5/2018 A Seibu official told reporters that Asamura contacted them about exercising his option. Sanspo 11/5/2018, Daily Sports 11/5/2018 … Asamura is planning to exercise his option. Sponichi 11/5/2018 … The Lions are planning to leave the window open even if Asamura uses his option. Daily Sports 11/5/2018Sports Hochi 11/5/2018 … The Rakuten Eagles might be willing to go four years and two billion yen. Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018 … The Orix Buffaloes might be willing to go up to four years. They could potentially use money they saved by losing Hiroyuki Nakajima and slashing Chihiro Kaneko’s salary. Sanspo 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018, Daily Sports 11/5/2018
11/4/2018 Asamura is interested in testing the waters and will most likely exercise his option. The Lions first offer may have been three years at 1.2 billion yen, followed by three years at 1.5 billion yen. Sanspo 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018 … The Softbank Hawks are very interested in Asamura. Sanspo 11/4/2018
10/31/2018 Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters on October 30 that they are doing what they can to keep Asamura in Tokorozawa. They may have offered him something similar to what they offer Takeya Nakamura in 2013 (four-years at up to two billion yen). Sanspo has their offer at three years and around 1.5 billion yen. Right now, he feels they have a 50-50 chance. Daily Sports 10/31/2018, Sports Hochi 10/31/2018, Sanspo 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018, Sponichi 10/31/2018
10/06/2018 A number of teams, including Softbank and Orix, are keeping an eye on what Asamura does with his free agent option. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018, Sports Hochi 10/6/2018
10/01/2018 The Rakuten Eagles are interested. Sports Hochi 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/6/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018
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Ginjiro Sumitani 2018 Off-season Updates

Date Updates
12/8/2018 4:03pm – The Lions received a list of protected players from the Yomiru Giants. They have forty days from November 26 to make a decision about their compensation package from the Giants. Sports Hochi 12/8/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018
11/25/2018 4:45pm – Ginjiro Sumitani to sign with the Yomiuri Giants … According to Tokyo Sports, the Rakuten Eagles may have also made Sumitani an informal offer. Tokyo Sports 11/24/2018
11/24/2018 3:15am – Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters on November 23 that Sumitani told the team he was planning to sign with another team. He will most likely join the Yomiuri Giants. Nikkan Sports 11/23/2018, Sponichi 11/23/2018, Daily Sports 11/23/2018, Sanspo 11/23/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/23/2018
11/17/2018 1:39pm – Sumitani met the Giants at a hotel in Tokyo on November 16. Their meeting last about an hour. The Giants may have offered a three-year deal worth about 600 million yen. They also reportedly passed on a message from Tatsunori Hara. After the meeting Sumitani told reporters he did not think it would take too long for him to make a decision. The Giants apparently feel pretty good about their chances. Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/17/2018, Sponichi 11/16/2018, Sponichi 11/17/2018, Sports Hochi 11/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/16/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/17/2018
11/15/2018 12:10pm – Latest offer rumors: Yomiuri three years and about 600 million yen (Nikkan Sports 11/15/2018).
11/9/2018 12:06pm – The Giants might be front runners to land Sumitani because the Eagles no longer seem to be as interested. Sanspo 11/9/2018
11/8/2018 3:15pm – Sumitani filed his option and held a press conference on November 8. He told reporters he struggled with his decision, but ultimately wanted a chance to field offers from other teams. Tokyo Sports 11/8/2018, Sports Hochi 11/8/2018, Daily Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018, Sanspo 11/8/2018 … 4:50am – The Lions announced that Sumitani will exercise his free agent option. Seibu 11/7/2018 … Sumitani’s decision is not necessarily about money, but playing time. Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018 … Sumitani is planning to file on November 8. He is also slated to hold a press conference on the same day. The Lions met with him three times. They feel they made him their best offer. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Sponichi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018
11/6/2018 11:29pm – The Giants might be the current front runner. Tokyo Sports 11/6/2018 … 3:58am – Sumitani met team officials and November 5. The Lions already offered him a multi-year deal and again asked him to stay. He thanked the team for their offer and said he still wanted to test the free agent waters and planned to exercise his option. Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018 … The Giants are still very much interested. They have options at catcher (Shinnosuke Abe also wants to do more catching again), but Sumitani could provide more stability. Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018
11/5/2018 The Lions are planning to leave the window open even if Sumitani uses his option. Daily Sports 11/5/2018, Sports Hochi 11/5/2018
11/4/2018 Sumitani is planning to speak to the Lions one more time before making a decision about his option. Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018, Sponichi 11/4/2018, Sports Hochi 11/4/2018
10/31/2018 Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters on October 30 that they are negotiating with Sumitani. Right now, he feels they have a 50-50 chance. Daily Sports 10/31/2018, Sports Hochi 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018
10/20/2018 The Yomiuri Giants are interested. Sponichi 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018
10/01/2018 The Rakuten Eagles are interested. Sports Hochi 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/6/2018, Daily Sports 10/14/2018
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[11/2/2018] NPB: Ikusei Players Reserved List

Ikusei players (forty-nine) that were placed on reserved lists before the October 31 deadline.

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[11/2/2018] NPB: Ikusei players that became free agents on October 31

Ikusei players (forty-one) that became free agents on October 31.

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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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