The Hanshin Tigers told media on August 30 that they claimed Luis Mendoza off waivers. The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Mendoza will be heading to the Tigers.
The Tigers held a press conference for Mendoza today. He was assigned the uniform number seventy-five.
[UPDATE 8/31 @ 6:00pm]
The Tigers have also posted an announcement.
Source: Tigers 8/31/2017
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According to a report by Sponichi, Luis Mendoza will be parting ways with the team before the end of the season. Mendoza was in his fourth year with the Nippon Ham Fighters. He has been used primarily as a starter, but made three relief appearances last month and has been limited to just 99.2 innings of work over twenty games this season.
The Fighters have slowly started giving their younger players more opportunities at Ichi-gun since they are now more or less out of the running for the Climax Series.
Mendoza is expected to leave for Mexico soon. He is apparently open to returning to the NPB.
Source: Sponichi 8/24/2017
[UPDATE 8/26 @ 12:29am]
According to Sanspo, Mendoza was placed on waivers by the Fighters on August 24. The Hanshin Tigers could be interested in his services.
Source: Sanpso 8/25/2017
[UPDATE 8/26 @ 10:42pm]
The Tigers are planning to pass on Mendoza. They need starting pitching, but will look for alternatives within the organization.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2017
[UPDATE 8/30 @ 9:40pm]
The Tigers admitted that they are indeed interested in Mendoza. They could make an announcement of a deal on August 31.0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they signed thirty-year-old Chris Martin and thirty-three-year-old Luis Mendoza to contracts for the 2017 season. According to media reports, Mendoza agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 190 million yen plus incentives and Martin to a one-year deal worth an estimated 100 million yen plus incentives.0 Comments
Luis Mendoza (neck) started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama at Kamagaya on August 25. He tossed two shutout innings, threw eighteen pitches, topped out at 141km/h, and allowed one hit. He told reporters he felt great and was able to throw all his pitches for strikes.0 Comments
Luis Mendoza has been bothered by neck pain since August 3 (he slept on it wrong). He ended practices early on August 7 and was taken off the active roster. He will remain with the Ichi-gun team for the time being.0 Comments