Masahiko Morifuku visited YafuOku Dome on November 1 and formally told the Softbank Hawks that he wanted to sign with the Yomiuri Giants. The Giants are planning to hold a press conference for Morifuku on December 5.
[UPDATE 12/5 @ 10:01pm]
The Giants held a press conference for Morifuku on December 5. He was assigned the uniform number 13. They also introduced Shun Yamaguchi.
Morifuku most likely agreed to a two-year deal worth an estimated total 400 million yen.
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|Yomiuri||The Giants’ offer could be three years at 400 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2016|
|Yomiuri||According to a report by ZakZak, there may be some concerns about Morifuku’s private life. He ran into some problems with a woman during a mini-camp for the 2013 WBC. It did not become a big deal because the Fukuoka media kept quiet about it. He, and subsequently the entire team, was also banned from a cabaret after problems developed between the two. The Giants are trying to distance themselves from scandals after a few of their players were caught gambling. The media also tends to keep a close eye on the team. Source: ZakZak 11/12/2016|
|Yomiuri||The meeting with the Giants lasted about twenty minutes. Yoshinobu Takahashi spoke to Morifuku over the phone during the meeting. The Giants see him as a setup option. General Manager Tatsuyoshi Tsutsumi attended the meeting. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2016|
|Yomiuri||The Giants most likely offered Morifuku a multi-year deal and the uniform number 13. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2016|
|Yomiuri||The Giants met Morifuku at a hotel in Fukuoka on November 11. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2016|
|Yomiuri||The Giants offer might be two-years at about 300 million yen. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2016|
|Yomiuri||The Giants could offer Morifuku the uniform number 12 and a two-year deal worth about 400 million yen. The uniform number 13 is also a possibility. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2016|
Softbank’s last offer: multi-year contract
2016 Salary: 120 million yen
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Thirty-year-old Masahiko Morifuku is leaning towards exercising the domestic free agents option he earned earlier this year. A number of teams could show interest. He will not require compensation since he will be a class C free agent.
Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2016
[UPDATE 11/1 @ 4:56pm]
There is a good chance Morifuku will exercise his free agent option. He does like playing for Softbank, but is also interested in testing the market. He could be an interesting option for a team looking for a left-handed reliever, especially since he will most likely be a class C free agent (no compensation).
The Giants could be among teams that show interest.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2016
[UPDATE 11/3 @ 12:17pm]
Morifuku is planning to file for free agency on November 4. He has already inform the Hawks about his intentions.
Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2016
[UPDATE 11/4 @ 5:56pm]
Morifuku visited YafuOku Dome today with his agent and submitted paperwork to exercise his free agent option.
The Hawks most likely offered Morifuku an multi-year deal.
Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2016
[UPDATE 11/5 @ 3:02pm]
Morifuku is apparently not 100 percent satisfied with his role in the bullpen the last two seasons.
Source: Daily Sports 11/5/20160 Comments
Masahiko Morifuku earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.
Source: Daily Sports 8/5/20160 Comments