Tag Archive: Rumor Mill

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[11/18/2017] Hanshin could offer Kyuji Fujikawa a new multi-year deal

Thirty-seven-year-old Kyuji Fujikawa finished out the second year of a two-year deal this season. The Hanshin Tigers met Fujikawa at the end of the season and told him he was an important part of their team. Sanspo is reporting that the Tigers might be getting ready to offer the veteran a new multi-year contract (possibly two years).

Source: Sanspo 11/17/2017

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HAM

[2017 Free Agency] Shota Ono Rumors

Date Team Update
12/10/2017
@ 10:43p
Chunichi Ono may have agreed to a three-year deal worth about 250 to 300 million yen. Sponichi 12/10/2017, Daily Sports 12/10/2017
12/10/2017
@ 3:29a
Chunichi The Dragons announced on December 9 that they reached an agreement with Ono. A press conference will be held within the next few days. Daily Sports 12/9/2017, Sports Hochi 12/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/9/2017
12/7/2017
@ 11:53p
Ono spoke to reporters on December 7 and said that he wanted to make a decision about where he was going to play next year some time before the end of the year. Nikkan Sports 12/7/2017
11/26/2017
@ 6:02p
Chunichi The Dragons, with Mori, are planning to sit down with Ono in early-December. Sanspo 11/26/2017, Daily Sports 11/26/2017
11/23/2017
@ 9:38p
Chunichi Mori returned from his overseas scouting trip on November 22 and told reporters he thought the Dragons already got in touch with Ono. Nikkan Sports 11/23/2017, Daily Sports 11/23/2017
11/22/2017
@ 2:54p
Ono told reporters on November 21 that he wants to handle negotiations. He is not planning to hire a representative. Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017
11/18/2017
@ 3:38a
Chunichi Dragons manager Shigekazu Mori is planning to get involved in negotiations. Mori is currently out of the country checking on talent overseas. Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
11/17/2017
@ 2:46a
Chunichi The Chunichi Dragons are said to be interested. Daily Sports 11/16/2017

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[2017 Free Agency] Hirotoshi Masui Rumors

Date Team Update
11/30/2017
@ 2:39p
Orix Masui is expected to sign with Orix. They may have offered three years and about 900 million yen. Masui has been saying that he wants to make a decision before the end of the month, which is today. Daily Sports 11/30/2017
11/30/2017
@ 2:39p
Nippon Ham Masui contacted the Fighters on November 29, most likely to let them know he was going to sign with another team. Sponichi 11/30/2017
11/29/2017
@ 3:40p
Orix Orix might currently be the front runner to land Masui. They may have gone as many as four years in their offer. Nikkan Sports 11/29/2017, Sports Hochi 11/29/2017, Sanspo 11/29/2017
11/27/2017
@ 9:34p
Yomiuri The Giants are also said to be interested in Masui. Tokyo Sports 11/27/2017
11/23/2017
@ 9:46p
Orix Aside from Fukura, Hiroyuki Nagamura (director) and Koji Mori (pro scout) attended the meeting with Masui on November 22. Masui attended the meeting with his representative. Nikkan Sports is reporting that the Buffaloes may have offered up to four years. Sponichi is reporting that the Buffaloes may have offered something close to what they offered Yoshihisa Hirano (three years at a total of about 900 million yen). Nikkan Sports 11/23/2017, Sponichi 11/23/2017
11/23/2017
@ 2:35a
Orix Fukura attended a meeting with Masui on November 22. The meeting lasted about two hours. Sanspo 11/22/2017
11/22/2017
@ 3:02p
Orix Junichi Fukura is planning to attend the next meeting with Masui. Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017
11/20/2017
@ 12:13a
Orix The Buffaloes apparently did not talk about specific terms (year, money) during their first meeting with Masui, which took place on either November 16 or 17. Nikkan Sports 11/19/2017, Sponichi 11/19/2017
11/20/2017
@ 12:05a 
Chunichi Chunichi is looking into Masui. They will make a decision on him once Shigekazu Mori returns from his overseas scouting trip. Nikkan Sports 11/19/2017
11/19/2017
@ 3:23a
Orix The media learned on November 17 that the Buffaloes met with Masui’s rep. They may have offered as many as four years. Sports Hochi 11/18/2017
11/19/2017
@ 3:16a
Masui signed with Boras Corporation about week ago. They have been handling his negotiations. Sanspo 11/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/18/2017, Sponichi 11/18/2017
11/18/2017
@ 3:34a
Masui told reporters on November 17 that he hoped to have everything settled before the end of the month. At latest, the end of December. He also told reporters that he is going to let his representative handle all negotiations. Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
11/17/2017
@ 2:39a
Orix The Buffaloes are interested. They might be more inclined to make a move if Yoshihisa Hirano finds a home in the US. Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017

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[2017 Free Agency] Yamato Rumors

Date Team Update
11/30/2017
@ 3:40p
Hanshin The Tigers might try to get a pitcher as compensation for losing Yamato to the Bay Stars. Sanspo 11/30/2017
11/30/2017
@ 2:35p
Yokohama Yamato has reportedly decided to sign with the Yokohama Bay Stars. An announcement could be made within the next few days. He received offers from at least three teams: four years at around 450 million yen from Hanshin, three years at about 300 million yen from Orix, and four years at around 400 million yen from Yokohama (though they may have started negotiations at three years and 300 million yen). He picked Yokohama because he felt they were the best fit for his current needs. Nikkan Sports 11/30/2017, Sports Hochi 11/30/2017
11/30/2017
@ 2:35p
Orix The Buffaloes told media on November 30 that they received a call from Yamato letting them know he was going to sign with another team. Their offer may have been three years at 300 million yen. Sponichi 11/30/2017, Sports Hochi 11/30/2017, Daily Sports 11/30/2017
11/30/2017
@ 2:35p
Hanshin Yamato contacted Hanshin on November 29 to let them know he was signing with another team. ZakZak 11/30/2017, Daily Sports 11/30/2017, Sports Hochi 11/30/2017
11/27/2017
@ 1:44p
Hanshin The Tigers are hoping to sit down with Yamato to get an update on his situation. Sports Hochi 11/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/27/2017
11/22/2017
@ 3:06p
Orix As for November 21, the Buffaloes told the media there was nothing new to report. They are prepared to meet Yamato as many times as needed. Sanspo 11/22/2017
11/22/2017
@ 3:00p
The Tigers are not expecting Yamato to attend their last meeting of the year on the 22nd. Yamato might also skip Fan Appreciation Day on the 25th. Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017, Sanspo 11/22/2017
11/18/2017
@ 3:31a
Orix The Buffaloes may have offered a three-year deal worth over 300 million yen. They may also be willing to give him an everyday job and the uniform number 7. Their meeting with Yamato lasted about two hours. Sports Hochi 11/18/2017, Sponichi 11/18/2017, Daily Sports 11/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/18/2017
11/18/2017
@ 2:51am
Hanshin The Tigers may have offered a three-year deal worth more than the estimated fifty million yen he made this season. They are planning to stay put and watch what other teams are doing until they hear back from him. Sponichi 11/17/2017
11/18/2017
@ 2:47am
Orix The Buffaloes met Yamato in Ashiya, Hyogo on November 17. Sponichi 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
11/18/2017
@ 2:37a
Yokohama The Bay Stars met Yamato met Yamato in the Kansai region on November 16. They may have offered a three-year deal worth around 350 million (Sports Hochi), more than 300 million (Sponichi), around 300 million (Nikkan Sports). They could go up to four years. Sports Hochi 11/17/2017, Sponichi 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
11/17/2017
@ 2:22a
Yokohama The Bay Stars might offer a three-year deal worth an estimated total 300 million yen. They could go as high as four years. Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017, Daily Sports 11/16/2017
11/17/2017
@ 2:22a
Orix The Buffaloes are thinking about offering at least three years. Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017, Sponichi 11/16/2017

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RAK

[11/16/2017] Rakuten Eagles to reunite with Naoto Watanabe

The Rakuten Eagles are planning to sign thirty-seven-year-old Naoto Watanabe. An official announcement is expected within the next few days.

With the departure of forty-two-year-old Kazuo Matsui, the Eagles were in the market for a utility infielder. Watanabe was also a popular player during his first stint with the team (2007-2010) and is sure to be welcomed by players and fans.

Source: Sponichi 11/16/2017

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YAK

[11/16/2017] Yakult Swallows sign Shotaro Tashiro

Shotaro Tashiro went 1-for-4 (F9, Ks, 1B9, Fo3) during the twelve team tryouts on November 15. The Yakult Swallows are looking to pick up one player from the tryout and they appear interested in the twenty-seven-year-old outfielder.

Source: Sponichi 11/16/2017, Sanspo 11/16/2017

[UPDATE 11/18 @ 2:59am]

The Swallows announced on November 17 that they signed Tashiro.

Source: Yakult 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017, Daily Sports 11/17/2017

[UPDATE 11/27 @ 2:28pm]

The Swallows announced today that they assigned Tashiro the uniform number 65.

Source: Yakult 11/27/2017

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[11/16/2017] Yokohama interested in Taishi Nakagawa and Yuta Muto

The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested twenty-seven-year-old Taishi Nakagawa and twenty-eight-year-old Yuta Muto. The Bay Stars are expected to make an announcement about the two within the next few days. Both senryokugai players did not attend the twelve team tryout on November 15.

Nakagawa has some pop and can play some first and third. He can also be a right-handed bat off the bench. Muto has spent most of his time pitching out of the bullpen.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017

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[11/10/2017] Ginjiro Sumitani still mulling over FA option

Thirty-year-old Ginjiro Sumitani is still thinking about what to do with his free agent option. He spoke to reporters on November 10 and said he hoped to have a decision soon, possibly by around Monday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2017

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[11/8/2017] Yamato to test the free agent waters

The Hanshin Tigers announced today that Yamato filed paperwork to exercise his free agent option. The Tigers released the following statement from Yamato:

I have decided to use my free agent option. It is difficult to find words to express my love and gratitude toward the Tigers, a team that took care of me the last twelve years. I made this decision because I strongly felt that this was my last chance to talk to other teams. I did not use the option with the intent to leave. I want to play for a team next year that needs me the most. This could be the Tigers.

The Yokohama Bay Stars and Orix Bufaloes are said to be interested in the thirty-year-old.

Source: Hanshin 11/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017Daily Sports 11/8/2017

[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:48pm]

The Bay Stars might be willing to go up to four years on their offer to Yamato.

Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2017


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LOT

[11/8/2017] Hideaki Wakui to exercise international FA option

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that Hideaki Wakui will exercise his free agent option. Wakui is hoping to find a new home with an MLB team. If he ends up staying in Japan, it will be with Lotte. In a statement released by Lotte, Wakui mentions wanting to find discover opportunities and getting excited while watching a World Series game in person for the first time.

Source: Lotte 11/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017, Daily Sports 11/8/2017, Daily Sports 11/8/2017, Sponichi 11/8/2017, Sponichi 11/8/2017


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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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