Seibu Lions’ official Haruhiko Suzuki told the media on December 11 that they received a list of unprotected players from the Yomiuri Giants. The Lions will check the list to see if there is a player they want as part of their compensation package for losing Ryoma Nogami. They are hoping to reach a decision by December 25.
[UPDATE 12/14 @ 4:50pm]
The Lions are planning to select a player as part of their compensation package. Pitching is a priority, but they are also open to selection a position player as well.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old Ryoma Nogami. A press conference is scheduled for December 4.
According to media reports, the Giants may have offered a three year deal worth a total 450 million yen (estimate).
[UPDATE 12/5 @ 2:52am]
The Giants held a press conference for Nogami at a hotel in Tokyo on December 4. He was assigned the uniform number 23.
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|Seibu||If the Lions decide to take a player as part of their compensation for losing Nogami, Hatsuhiko Tsuji would like them to go after a pitcher. Daily Sports 11/29/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2017, Sponichi 11/29/2017|
|Seibu||Nogami contacted the Lions on November 27 to let them know he will be signing with another team. Sanspo 11/28/2017, ZakZak 11/28/2017|
|Yomiuri||The media is reporting that Nogami has decided to sign with the Giants. He may have agreed to a three-year deal worth around 400 to 450 million yen. Nikkan Sports 11/28/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/28/2017, Sports Hochi 11/28/2017, Sponichi 11/28/2017, Daily Sports 11/28/2017|
|Yomiuri||The Giants may have come out on top. There could be announcement of a deal some time soon. Tokyo Sports 11/27/2017|
|Yomiuri||Giants GM Yoshitaka Katori told reporters on November 25 that they were interest in Nogami because of his durability and overall make-up (not just counting numbers like wins). Katori feels Nogami has the ability to become a number two or three pitcher in their rotation. Nikkan Sports 11/26/2017, Sponichi 11/26/2017, Daily Sports 11/26/2017|
|—||Nogami admitted on November 23 that he has received a number of offers and hoped to make a decision by early-December. Daily Sports 11/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/23/2017|
|Seibu||The Lions offered Nogami a three-year deal. Sponichi 11/22/2017|
|Yomiuri||The Giants are looking into Nogami because they are still not sure where Miles Mikolas is going to end up next year. Nikkan Sports 11/21/2017|
|Yokohama||The Bay Stars are expected to reach out to Nogami. Sports Hochi 11/19/2017|
|Seibu||The Lions are not planning to sit down with Nogami again because they feel the offer they made is sufficient. They met Nogami twice and improved their initial offer during their second meeting. Daily Sports 11/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2017, Sports Hochi 11/19/2017|
Ryoma Nogami has informed the Seibu Lions that he plans to exercise his domestic free agent option. Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters on November 13 that Nogami contacted the club on November 12. Remaining with the Lions is still an option, but a number of teams, like Yokohama and Hanshin, are also said to be interested in his services.
[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:50pm]
The Lions have a multi-year offer on the table with Nogami.
Source: Sponichi 11/14/2017
[UPDATE 11/15 @ 1:14am]
Nogami held a press conference at MetLife Dome on November 14 and informed the media he filed for free agency on November 13. He said he struggled with his decision, but ultimately wanted the opportunity to talk to other teams. He also said it helped that the Lions were okay with him staying even if he exercised his option.
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Thirty-year-old Ryoma Nogami earned his domestic free agent option last year. He may be thinking about exercising the option this winter. The Hanshin Tigers are interested and might consider pursuing him if he becomes available.
The Tigers are looking for additional arms for their starting rotation, particularly after they lost Randy Messenger to an injury and struggled to fill his spot. It did not help that Shintaro Fujinami needed to spend a bulk of time at Ni-gun making adjustments to his mechanics this year. Takumi Akiyama and Atsushi Nomi were the only two pitchers that managed to keep their spots in the rotation the entire season.
Nogami does like playing for the Seibu Lions and could end up staying with them, but is also said to be interested in listening to offers from other teams.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2017
[UPDATE 11/4 @ 1:59pm]
Nogami has not yet made a decision about his option. He did tell reporters on November 3 that Hisanobu Watanabe (Lions senior director) asked him to stay. He also told reporters that he wants to take his time with his decision, is asking people around him for their thoughts, was told by his wife that the decision was his to make.
[UPDATE 11/5 @ 12:04pm]
The Bay Stars may also be interested in Nogami. They are looking to upgrade their starting rotation with another right-handed pitcher.0 Comments
Nogami (29) told reporters after practices on March 13, 2017 that he married former Morning Musume Rika Ishikawa (32). The two started seeing each other near the end of 2013 and started living together in December 2015. He formally proposed on Ishikawa’s birthday on January 19 this year and the two filed marriage papers on the morning of March 13.
The Yomiuri Giants announced on April 25, 2018 that Nogami’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy.0 Comments
Twenty-nine-year-old Ryoma Nogami is not planning to exercise the domestic free agent option he earned this season. He may have already told the Seibu Lions about his intent to stay.0 Comments
Ryoma Nogami and Yusei Kikuchi will most likely each get three starts during the Seibu Lions’ next twelve games (including the game on May 3).
Nogami: May 3 against Orix at Seibu Prince Dome, May 8 against Nippon Ham at Seibu Prince Dome, May 14 against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome
Kikuchi: May 4 against Orix at Seibu Prince Dome, May 10 against Rakuten at kobo Stadium, May 15 against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome
Source: Daily Sports 5/3/20160 Comments