Makita, Kazuhisa 牧田 和久 (まきた・かずひさ)
Seibu Lions | #35 | P
Born: 11/09/1984 (age 34)
Height: 177cm
Weight: 85kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Shizuoka
Draft: 2010, 2nd Round
History: 静清工高-平成国際大-日本通運
Roster Changes: removed 06/15/2016, added 07/17/2016

[1/7/2018] Kazuhisa Makita reaches agreement with San Diego Padres

Kazuhisa Makita has apparently signed a two-year deal worth close to four million US dollars with the San Diego Padres, according to Jon Heyman. The Seibu Lions later announced that Makita reached an agreement with San Diego. The Padres also made an official announcement at their site.

Source: San Diego 1/6/2018, FanRag Sports 1/6/2018, Sanspo 1/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/7/2018, Daily Sports 1/7/2018, Tokyo Sports 21/7/2018, Sports Hochi 1/7/2018

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[2017 Posting] Kazuhisa Makita Rumors

Date Team Update
1/9/2018 Makita signed a management contract with Yoshimoto Creative Agency. Sponichi 1/8/2018
@ 2:10p
Seibu does not think a decision on Makita will be made before the end of the year. Sponichi 12/24/2017
@ 10:52p
The Rangers are interested in Makita. Other teams could include the Blue Jays and White Sox. Sponichi 12/16/2017, Tokyo Sports 12/16/2017, Sanspo 12/16/2017
@ 1:34a
The Seibu Lions announced that they filed paperwork to post Makita on December 11. Seibu 12/11/2017
@ 3:42a
The media learned on December 8 that Makita will most likely be posted some time next week. Sponichi 12/9/2017
@ 1:54p
Makita has apparently hired Steve Hilliard to represent him. Sponichi 12/1/2017
@ 10:07p
Makita could stay with the Lions depending on the kind of offers he receives. He said on November 23, “Will I get a major league offer? Do I stay if I get a minor league offer, or do I still go? Something I have to think about.” Sponichi 11/23/2017, Daily Sports 11/23/2017
@ 12:43a
Makita told reporters that he was going to wait for the offers to arrive and then pick the one with the best terms. Nikkan Sports 11/21/2017
@ 1:19a
Makita felt a strong push to try for the Majors after he pitched in a game against the Netherlands during this year’s World Baseball Classic, though he first told the Seibu Lions about his desire to go to the Majors during contract negotiations in 2014. He is prepared to wait into the New Year. Sponichi 11/19/2017, Daily Sports 11/19/2017

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[10/17/2017] Kazuhisa Makita to tell Lions about his interest in the Major

Thirty-two-year-old Kazuhisa Makita is planning to formally tell the Seibu Lions about his interest in playing in the Majors. He also has a domestic free agent option that he earned in August. He wants to discuss his options with the Lions and will consider everything: staying, asking to be posted, exercising his option.

Source: Sponichi 10/17/2017, Sanspo 10/17/2017, Daily Sports 10/17/2017, Sports Hochi 10/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/17/2017, Tokyo Sports 10/17/2017

[UPDATE 10/19 @ 6:16pm]

Makita will not earn his international free agent option until some time in 2019. If he wants to go to the Majors before then, the only way will be through the posting system. The Lions could decide to post him if Makita counters by saying he will exercise his domestic option. If he does exercise the option, the Yomiuri Giants might be interested.

Source: ZakZak 10/19/2017

[UPDATE 10/29 @ 11:05am]

Makita told the media after practices at MetLife Dome on October 28 that he informed the Lions of his interest in getting posted to the Majors. He is set to meet team officials this coming week to discuss options: staying, posting system, exercising option.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/29/2017, Daily Sports 10/29/2017, Sponichi 10/29/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/29/2017

[UPDATE 10/31 @ 12:28am]

Makita does not want to wait two years for his international free agent option because of his age. He feels this year is his last chance to go to the Majors.

Source: Sanspo 10/30/2017

[UPDATE 11/5 @ 12:53am]

The Lions may be open to posting Makita, particularly since he could exercise his free agent option if they outright turn down his request. They would rather he stay, but better to post him than to see him walk via free agency. The Lions did also secure another submarine pitcher during this year’s draft (Kaito Yoza).

Source: Tokyo Sprts 11/4/2017

[UPDATE 11/5 @ 11:49am]

The Softbank Hawks are looking into Makita, just in case he decides to exercise his free agent option.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2017

[UPDATE 11/6 @ 1:17am]

The Lions are open to posting Makita, but Hisanobu Watanabe (Lions senior director) told reporters on November 5 that any decision would have to wait until after the new posting system rules were in place.

Source: Sanspo 11/5/2017

[UPDATE 11/6 @ 3:47pm]

Lions Director Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters on November 6 that they will most likely post Makita, but only after the NPB and MLB finalize the new posting system.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2017Nikkan Sports 11/6/2017, Sponichi 11/6/2017, Sports Hochi 11/6/2017

[UPDATE 11/7 @ 2:57pm]

This could end up becoming a timing issue for Makita. While Makita is interested in the Majors, he is also said to be interested in testing the free agent waters in Japan.

The filing deadline for free agency is November 14. Makita can forego free agency and simply wait for the new posting system agreement. But if the Lions, for whatever reason, decide to back down from their plans to post Makita (while unlikely, they could be stalling for time), he will be stuck with them for at least another year.

If Makita files for free agency, he will most likely have to give up any chance he has at being posted, but at least he guarantees himself one of the two things he wanted to do this winter.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017

[UPDATE 11/8 @ 9:19pm]

ZakZak wonders if there is even a market for Makita via the posting system.

Source: ZakZak 11/8/2017

[UPDATE 11/9 @ 10:25am]

According to Nikkan Sports, Makita has decided he wants to go to the Majors through the posting system and will not use his free agent option. Senior Director Watanabe told reporters on November 8 that they plan to post Makita regardless of the terms of the new posting agreement.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2017

[UPDATE 11/11 @ 12:11am]

Makita will most likely select CAA Sports to represent him.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/10/2017


[8/22/2017] Kazuhisa Makita earns domestic FA option

Thirty-two-year-old Kazuhisa Makita earned his domestic free agent option with seven years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 8/22/2017


[3/26/2017] Desire to play in Majors grows stronger for Kazuhisa Makita

Kazuhisa Makita rejoined the Seibu Lions on March 25. He told reporters back in 2014 that he wanted to play in the Majors at some point in the future. The desire got a little stronger after this year’s World Baseball Classic appearance.

Assuming no time off the active roster, Makita should be able to earn his domestic free agent option this season. He turned down a multi-year contract this winter and might be mulling over a chance of scenery, but if he is serious about the Majors, he might get their quicker by staying with the Lions.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/26/2017, Sponichi 3/26/2017, Sanspo 3/26/2017


[2/9/2017] Kazuhisa Makita cancels bullpen session because of elbow tightness

Kazuhisa Makita canceled a bullpen session on February 8 because of tightness in his right elbow. He canceled a bullpen session on February 6 for the same reason. He did not seem concerned about the tightness and said it was something that came with getting used to the WBC baseball.

Source: Sponichi 2/9/2017, Sports Hochi 2/9/2017, Daily Sports 2/9/2017


[12/6/2016] Kazuhisa Makita turns down two-year contract

Kazuhisa Makita met the Seibu Lions for salary negotiations on December 6. The thirty-two-year-old was offered two years, but opted for a one-year contract worth an estimated 100 million yen plus incentives. He said he appreciated the gesture, but wanted to keep himself motivated by going year to year. He denied it had anything to do with the domestic free agent option he is scheduled to earn next year.

Source: Sponichi 12/6/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2016

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 12:45pm]

Makita might also be interested in the Majors. There is a chance he could ask to be posted next year.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/7/2016


[7/12/2016] Kazuhisa Makita might be able to pitch an inning during the All-Star series

Kazuhisa Makita (right knee) made the All-Star roster through fan votes. He pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham on July 10 and tossed a shutout inning in relief. He might be able to pitch about an inning during the All-Star series.

Source: Sponichi 7/12/2016


[7/10/2016] Kazuhisa Makita tosses shutout inning in rehab outing

Kazuhisa Makita (right knee) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham at Kamagaya earlier today. He entered the game in the seventh and gave up one hit in a shutout inning of relief. All three outs came on infield grounders.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/10/2016


[6/22/2016] Kazuhisa Makita’s right knee improving

Kazuhisa Makita’s right knee is improving, though he still feels some pain. Makita has some inflammation in the medial portion of the knee. He had the knee drained at a hospital in Tokyo on June 17 and is hoping to resume practices soon.

Source: Sponichi 6/22/2016