|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|
|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|
|—||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|
|Chunichi||The Dragons, with Mori, are planning to sit down with Ono in early-December. Sanspo 11/26/2017, Daily Sports 11/26/2017|
|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|
|—||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|
|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|
|Chunichi||The Chunichi Dragons are said to be interested. Daily Sports 11/16/2017|
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Shota Ono held a press conference on November 9 and announced that he will use his international free agent option. He decided to use the option because he wants the chance to talk to other teams and consider their offers. The Nippon Ham Fighters have told him they want him to stay and that they will wait for as long as it takes for him to decide what he wants to do.
Source: Nippon Ham 11/9/2017
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on October 13 that Shota Ono will have surgery to remove loose bodies in his right elbow at a hospital in Sapporo on October 16. Ono was partially limited to eighty-three games this season due to tightness in the elbow. He decided to have the surgery now because he did not want to have to worry about it next year.
[UPDATE 10/16 @ 4:22pm]
The Fighters announced today that Ono had surgery on his right elbow. There were no complications. He will remain in the hospital for a few days and begin rehabbing the elbow. He will report to the Kamagaya facilities to continue his rehab as soon as he is ready.
It will most likely be about two months before he can begin throwing and three months for a full recovery.
[UPDATE 10/23 @ 12:43am]
Ono was discharged from a Sapporo hospital on October 20. He resumed practices on October 21.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2017
[UPDATE 11/2 @ 3:40pm]
Ono did some catching practices on November 1 for the first time since his surgery.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/20170 Comments
Thirty-year-old Shota Ono earned his international free agent option in August. The Chunichi Dragons are interested because they want more stability behind the plate.
It is uncertain what Ono is planning to do with his option, but being closer to home (Gifu) might make Chunichi an attractive option.
Source: Sports Hochi 9/30/2017
[UPDATE 10/8 @ 3:40am]
The Dragons are planning to look into Ono. They want to be ready if he decides to exercise his option.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2017
[UPDATE 10/23 @ 12:44am]
Ono told reporters the Nippon Ham Fighters asked him to stay because they needed. He is still mulling over what to do with his option.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2017
[UPDATE 11/4 @ 2:38pm]
The Dragons only have enough funds to sign one free agent player. They considered pitching, but if Ono exercises his option, they plan to make him their top priority.
Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2017
[UPDATE 11/9 @ 10:20am]
The Dragons are planning to include Motonobu Tanishige’s old uniform number 7 and Ono’s current uniform number 27 in the list of possible uniform numbers they plan to give Ono if he decides to use his option.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2017
[UPDATE 11/9 @ 3:20pm]
Ono will most likely exercise his international free agent option. The Fighters started a shift toward youth this season and Ono is concerned about his playing opportunities.0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters took Shota Ono off the active roster because of right elbow tightness. Ono started having problems with the elbow yesterday and skipped pre-game practices. He is expected to stay with the Ichi-gun team as he recovers.
[UPDATE 9/18 @ 3:55pm]
Ono has remained with the Ichi-gun team since he was taken off the active roster on September 9. He resumed batting practice on September 17. He told reporters his elbow was fine.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/20170 Comments
Thirty-year-old Shota Ono earned his international free agent option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.0 Comments
Five Nippon Ham Fighter players were selected to the World Baseball Classic roster. Shohei Otani and Shota Ono are currently scheduled to attend Ichi-gun spring camp in Arizona next year. Sho Nakata, Naoki Miyanishi, and Hirotoshi Masui are currently slated to attend Ni-gun spring camp in Kunigami, Okinawa.
Nakata told reporters he was going to stay in Japan because it would allow him to maximize his time. He would also be able to work out with Miyanishi and Masui. He jokingly said that he might consider going to Arizona if they had washlets.0 Comments