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[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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[12/6/2018] Rakuten Eagles to play two exhibition games against Lamigo Monkeys

The Rakuten Eagles announced that they are going to play two exhibition games against the CPBL Lamigo Monkeys next year in February/March.

Schedule

  • February 26 (Tue) – Arrive in Taiwan
  • February 27 (Wed) – Practice at Tianmu Baseball Stadium
  • February 28 (Thu) – vs Lamigo at Tianmu Baseball Stadium, 17:00 start time
  • March 1 (Fri) – vs Lamigo at Tianmu Baseball Stadium, 14:00 start time
  • March 2 (Sat) – return to Japan

Source: Rakuten 12/5/2018

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[12/5/2018] Rakuten Eagles uniform number assignments

The Rakuten Eagles announced the following uniform numbers assignments:

  • Takero Okajima = 4 → 27
  • Itaru Hashimoto = 49

Source: Rakuten 12/4/2018

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[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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[12/3/2018] Rakuten Eagles: Wheeler, Herrmann, Sung to return in 2019

The Rakuten Eagles announced that they reached agreements with Zelous Wheeler, Frank Herrmann, and Chia-Hao Sung for the 2019 season.

  • Zelous Wheeler – 200 million yen
  • Frank Herrmann – 130 million yen
  • Chia-Hao Sung – 15 million yen

The Eagles also announced that Japhet Amador, Carlos Peguero, and O’Koyea Dickson will not be returning next year.

Source: Rakuten 12/3/2018, Rakuten 12/3/2018, Sanspo 12/3/2018

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[11/29/2018] Rakuten to send Yasunori Kikuchi to Hiroshima for Yuya Fukui

The Rakuten Eagles and Hiroshima Carp announced that they agreed on a one-for-one trade. Rakuten will send twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Yasunori Kikuchi to Hiroshima for thirty-year-old Yuya Fukui.

Source: Rakuten 11/29/2018, Hiroshima 11/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2018, Sports Hochi 11/29/2018, Daily Sports 11/29/2018

[UPDATE 12/6 @ 3:47pm]

The Eagles held a press conference for Fukui earlier today. He was assigned the uniform number 31.

Source: Rakuten 12/5/2018, Daily Sports 12/6/2018

[UPDATE 12/14 @ 2:17pm]

The Carp held a press conference for Kikuchi today. He was assigned the uniform number 59.

Source: Hiroshima 12/14/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/14/2018

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[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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[11/20/2018] Hideto Asamura planning to sign with the Rakuten Eagles

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]

Timeline:

  • Seibu offer – four meetings, including November 19 (started at three years and 1.5 billion yen and went up to four years and 2.0 billion yen)
  • November 16 – Met Softbank (four years and around 2.8 billion yen)
  • November 18 – Met Rakuten (four years and over 2.0 billion yen)
  • November 19 – Turned down Orix before even one meeting (four years and between 1.6 and 2.0 billion yen)
  • November 20 – Turned down Softbank via e-mail
  • November 20 (evening) – Turned down Seibu (Asamura contacted the team directly)

Source: Sports Hochi 11/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2018, Sponichi 11/21/2018

[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.

Source: Rakuten 12/1/2018, Daily Sports 12/1/2018, Sports Hochi 12/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/1/2018, Chunichi Sports 12/1/2018

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[11/20/2018] Takahiro Shiomi had lower back surgery in October

The media learned on November 19 that Takahiro Shiomi had surgery to treat a herniated disc at a hospital in Tokyo on October 26. He is hoping to be ready to pitch at Ichi-gun some time in early May 2019.

Source: Sponichi 11/20/2018, Daily Sports 11/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2018

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Rakuten Eagles: 2019 Spring Camp

Kumejima Camp

  • February 1 (Fri)
  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun
  • Venue: Kumejima Baseball Field and Kumejima Nakazato Baseball Field

Kin Camp

  • After Kumejima Camp
  • Ichi-gun only
  • Venue: Kin Baseball Stadium

Source: Rakuten 11/19/2018

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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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