The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they signed thirty-three-year-old Hirotoshi Masui. He was assigned the uniform number 17.
The media is reporting that Masui agreed to a four-year deal worth 900 million yen over the first three years. The fourth year will depend on performance. A press conference is scheduled for December 7 in Osaka.
[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:52pm]
The Buffaloes held a press conference for Masui today.
Source: Orix 12/7/2017
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|Orix||Masui is expected to sign with Orix. They may have offered three years and about 900 million yen. Masui has been saying that he wants to make a decision before the end of the month, which is today. Daily Sports 11/30/2017|
|Nippon Ham||Masui contacted the Fighters on November 29, most likely to let them know he was going to sign with another team. Sponichi 11/30/2017|
|Orix||Orix might currently be the front runner to land Masui. They may have gone as many as four years in their offer. Nikkan Sports 11/29/2017, Sports Hochi 11/29/2017, Sanspo 11/29/2017|
|Yomiuri||The Giants are also said to be interested in Masui. Tokyo Sports 11/27/2017|
|Orix||Aside from Fukura, Hiroyuki Nagamura (director) and Koji Mori (pro scout) attended the meeting with Masui on November 22. Masui attended the meeting with his representative. Nikkan Sports is reporting that the Buffaloes may have offered up to four years. Sponichi is reporting that the Buffaloes may have offered something close to what they offered Yoshihisa Hirano (three years at a total of about 900 million yen). Nikkan Sports 11/23/2017, Sponichi 11/23/2017|
|Orix||Fukura attended a meeting with Masui on November 22. The meeting lasted about two hours. Sanspo 11/22/2017|
|Orix||Junichi Fukura is planning to attend the next meeting with Masui. Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017|
|Orix||The Buffaloes apparently did not talk about specific terms (year, money) during their first meeting with Masui, which took place on either November 16 or 17. Nikkan Sports 11/19/2017, Sponichi 11/19/2017|
|Chunichi||Chunichi is looking into Masui. They will make a decision on him once Shigekazu Mori returns from his overseas scouting trip. Nikkan Sports 11/19/2017|
|Orix||The media learned on November 17 that the Buffaloes met with Masui’s rep. They may have offered as many as four years. Sports Hochi 11/18/2017|
|—||Masui signed with Boras Corporation about week ago. They have been handling his negotiations. Sanspo 11/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/18/2017, Sponichi 11/18/2017|
|—||Masui told reporters on November 17 that he hoped to have everything settled before the end of the month. At latest, the end of December. He also told reporters that he is going to let his representative handle all negotiations. Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017|
|Orix||The Buffaloes are interested. They might be more inclined to make a move if Yoshihisa Hirano finds a home in the US. Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017|
Thirty-three-year-old Hirotoshi Masui held a press conference at the Nippon Ham Fighters offices in Sapporo today and announced he was going to use his domestic free agent option. He told the media the Fighters are still an option since they told him they wanted him to stay during earlier negotiations. He wants to play for as long as possible and is looking for a long-term deal.
A number of teams, including Yomiuri and Orix, are said to be interested in Masui.
[UPDATE 11/15 @ 1:37am]
The Fighters posted an announcement on their official web site.
Source: Nippon Ham 11/15/2017
[UPDATE 11/15 @ 1:47pm]
The Buffaloes might build off a four-year contract.
The Fighters’ offer may have been two years at a total over 440 million yen (Masui made an estimated 220 million yen this year).
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Thirty-three-year-old Hirotoshi Masui earned his domestic free agent option earlier this year. He is currently in the final year of a two year deal.
According to a report by Sports Hochi, a number of teams are keeping an eye on Masui to see what he does with his free agent option. He is first planning to sit down with the Nippon Ham Fighters before deciding what he wants to do with the option. He could be an interesting option for a team looking to bolster their bullpen.
[UPDATE 10/20 @ 10:36pm]
Masui was asked to stay during a meeting after the season. He feels needed, but is also interested in talking to other teams. According to Sponichi, there might be a gap in between what Masui wants and what the Fighters’ are offering. Masui is planning to make a decision based on what happens during his next meeting.
[UPDATE 10/29 @ 12:18am]
Masui will have his second meeting with the Fighters on October 30. Based on how discussions have gone so far, there is a good chance he will exercise his option. He is planning to make a decision after the meeting.
Masui may have been offered a one-year deal with no change in salary plus incentives during his first meeting with the team.
[UPDATE 10/31 @ 3:17pm]
Masui met with the Fighters for a second time on October 30. The Fighters may have offered a multi-year contract. Masui told reporters he received a good offer and that he wanted to make a decision about his option some time this week.
The Yomiuri Giants could be interested in his services.
[UPDATE 11/7 @ 3:27pm]
According to the latest reports, Masui will probably end up filing for free agency because he is still interested in hearing offers from other NPB teams. He is looking for a multi-year deal (the more years, the better). He could still end up staying with the Fighters.
[UPDATE 11/7 @ 11:50pm]
The media learned on November 6 that the Fighters may have offered Masui a two-year contract worth over 440 million yen (he made an estimated 220 million this year and likely got a raise). Nippon Ham is open to signing Masui even if he uses his option, but if he decides to become a free agent, it will most likely be to sign with another team.
Source: Sanspo 11/7/20170 Comments
August 16, 2017 vs Lotte at Sapporo Dome – Masui notched the 100th save of his career. He became the twenty-eighth player in NPB history to record 100 saves and the fourth player in NPB history to record 100 saves and 100 holds (100 saves, 127 holds). He joined Hisashi Takeda (167) and Micheal Nakamura (102) as the only players in Nippon Ham Fighters’ franchise history to record 100 saves.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/20170 Comments
Thirty-two-year-old Hirotoshi Masui earned his domestic free agent option today with seven years of service time on the active roster.
Source: Sponichi 6/9/20170 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
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Hirotoshi Masui’s wife gave birth to the couple’s third child, a girl, at a hospital in Tokyo earlier today.0 Comments
Hirotoshi Masui started a Ni-gun game against Yakult today and tossed three shutout innings. He allowed two hits and struck out three. This was his first time he started a game since September 5, 2010. He told reporters he started feeling a little tired in the third inning.
Source: Sponichi 7/12/20160 Comments
Hideki Kuriyama told reporters today that he is planning to use Hirotoshi Masui as a starter after the All-Star break. Masui has struggled in the bullpen and Kuriyama believes a change in role could help. The manager is also hoping to bolster the rotation with another arm.
Masui has not started a game since his rookie season in 2010. He was taken off the active roster on June 20 for an adjustment. He is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game on July 11 against Yakult.0 Comments