The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old Yamato. He was assigned the uniform number 9.
According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a three-year deal worth around 300 million yen. The agreement is also said to include a team option for a fourth year. The Bay Stars are planning to hold a press conference for Yamato within the next few days.
[UPDATE 12/4 @ 2:50pm]
The Bay Stars held a press conference for Yamato in Yokohama today.
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|Hanshin||The Tigers might try to get a pitcher as compensation for losing Yamato to the Bay Stars. Sanspo 11/30/2017|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|—||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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Orix||The Buffaloes are thinking about offering at least three years. Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017, Sponichi 11/16/2017|
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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.
[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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Yamato is thinking about exercising the domestic free agent option he earned this year. A number of teams, including Orix, Yokohama, and Yakult, are said to be interested in the twenty-nine-year-old. If he exercises the option, he will most likely be a rank B free agent, which means signing him will require compensation.
Hanshin will try to keep Yamato in a Hanshin uniform by offering a multi-year deal (around three years).
[UPDATE 10/21 @ 12:13am]
The Tigers began discussions with Yamato during the season. They are planning to give Yamato time to figure out what he wants to do. They are also open to signing him even if he exercises his option.
[UPDATE 10/22 @ 11:15pm]
The Tigers are planning to offer Yamato a three-year deal. The Buffaloes and Bay Stars are interested in the twenty-nine-year-old.
[UPDATE 10/26 @ 6:09pm]
Yamato met with Hanshin on October 25. He informed them he was thinking about exercising his free agent option. The Tigers may have in turn offered him a three- to four-year contract.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2017
[UPDATE 10/29 @ 11:00am]
The Tigers may have offered Yamato a four-year deal.
Source: Sports Hochi 10/29/2017
[UPDATE 10/29 @ 5:16pm]
Yamato is apparently fifty-fifty on staying versus leaving.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2017
[UPDATE 11/2 @ 3:30pm]
The Buffaloes are interested in Yamato and will consider approaching him if he decides to exercise his option.
Source: Sponichi 11/2/2017
[UPDATE 11/5 @ 12:01pm]
If Yamato decides to exercise his option, the Bay Stars might approach him with a three-year offer.
[UPDATE 11/5 @ 12:18pm]
According to Nikkan Sports, Yamato has informed the Tigers on November 4 that he intends to exercise his free agent option.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2017
[UPDATE 11/6 @ 3:41pm]
The Tigers may have made Yamato a solid offer, but he wants playing time and could sign with another team if he feels they will give him more opportunities to play. If he decides to leave, his preference might be for a team in the Kanto region. That could put Yokohama in the lead.
The Buffaloes might be preparing a three-year deal worth around 300 million yen (in total).
Hanshin would like Yamato to stay and might make adjustments to their offer if he exercises his option.0 Comments
Yamato may have hurt his right leg while making a defensive play in the top of the second inning. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom-half of the inning.
[UPDATE 10/6 @ 10:40pm]
Yamato was examined at a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with a mild sprain in his left ankle. The Hanshin Tigers are not planning to take him off the active roster.0 Comments
Yamato hurt his right side during yesterday’s (August 16) game against the Hiroshima Carp at Kyocera Dome. He recorded an infield single in his first at bat in the second inning and replaced on defense before the start of the third inning. The Hanshin Tigers told the press after the game that Yamato was removed from the game as a precaution because he felt some tightness in his right side. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests.
Yamato was removed from the active roster today.
[UPDATE 8/25 @ 12:39am]
Yamato resumed playing catch on August 23. He also started running on the same day (he was up to jogging on August 22).
Source: Sanspo 8/24/2017
[UPDATE 8/27 @ 5:20pm]
Yamato started taking grounders outdoors on August 26.
Source: Sanspo 8/27/2017
[UPDATE 9/3 @ 1:17pm]
Yamato resumed outdoor live batting practice on September 2. He took a total 101 swings from both sides of the plate.
Source: Sanspo 9/3/20170 Comments
Yamato (29) earned his domestic free agent option on April 9 with eight years of service time on the active roster.0 Comments
Yamato has been working on batting from both sides of the plate since last fall. During workouts in January, he spent eighty percent of his batting practice time taking swings from the left side.
Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/20170 Comments
Yamato was taken to a hospital in Amagasaki, Hyogo after fall practices on October 25 and diagnosed with a strain in his right side. He will not attend fall camp and will instead rehab at the Naruohama facilities.
Yamato had been working on hitting from both sides of the plate as a way to increase his playing time.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/20160 Comments