According to a report by Sponichi, the Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters will play exhibition games games against the Seattle Marines and Oakland Athletics next year before the MLB’s Opening Series at Tokyo Dome.
Exhibition Games at Tokyo Dome
The media learned on December 13 that there were strong indications that Koji Uehara was going to return to the Yomiuri Giants next year. Uehara confirmed the rumors through Twitter this morning.
Good morning everyone!
It is just as this morning’s papers mention, I will be playing for the Giants again next year.
I know there all kinds of opinions about this, but I will be happy if you can support me.
[UPDATE 12/15 @ 3:07am]
Uehara spoke to the media after finalizing his contract with the Giants on December 14. He was assigned the uniform number 19 (he wore 11 this year) and agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty million yen. Uehara told reporters he did not receive offers from other teams.0 Comments
According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Yomiuri Giants are trying to sign twenty-two-year-old Reimin Ramos and twenty-two-year-old Israel Mota to Ikusei contracts. The two attended tryouts held by the Giants in the Dominican Republic last moth and passed.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018
[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:00pm]
The Giants announced that they reached agreements with Ramos and Mota. Ramos was assigned the uniform number 025 and Mota 014. Both players are slated to arrive in Japan in late-January.
Source: Yomiuri 12/7/2018
[UPDATE 12/8 @ 2:35pm]
According to Daily Sports, the two players are slated to make an estimated 20,000 US dollars next year.
Source: Daily Sports 12/8/20180 Comments
Shun Yamaguchi agreed to a new two-year contract extension (he was in the final year of a two-year deal this season). According to media reports, his salary will be an estimated 230 million yen next year (no change over this season). He was also assigned a new uniform number: from 42 to 11.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-seven-year-old Hisashi Iwakuma. A formal agreement, followed by a press conference, will be made on a later date.
[UPDATE 12/20 @ 4:35am]
The Giants held a press conference for Iwakuma on December 19. He was assigned the uniform number 21. According to media reports, Iwakuma agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty million yen.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
Relationships & Family
November 27 – The Yomiuri Giants announced that Wada (23) married a twenty-five-year-old woman from Hyogo and moved out of the team dormitory on November 24. He filed marriage papers with the woman earlier this year in May.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