Nishi, Yuki 西 勇輝 (にし・ゆうき)
Orix Buffaloes | #21 | P
Born: 11/09/1990 (age 28)
Height: 181cm
Weight: 80kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Mie
Draft: 2008, 3rd Round
History: 菰野高(甲)
Roster Changes: added 03/28/2016, removed 08/09/2016, added 08/22/2016, removed 09/28/2016, added 04/01/2017

[12/20/2018] Daichi Takeyasu heading to Orix as FA compensation package

The Orix Buffaloes and Hanshin Tigers announced that the Buffaloes selected twenty-four-year-old Daichi Takeyasu as part of their free agent compensation package for Yuki Nishi. The Tigers released the following comment from Takeyasu.

I’m surprised by this sudden development. The Tigers selected me in the draft even though I was hurt, so it pains me to leave like this, but I will refocus my efforts as a member of Orix and will do my best to become a pitcher that can make Orix fans happy.

Source: Orix 12/20/2018, Hanshin 12/20/2018

[UPDATE 12/27 @ 10:29pm]

The Buffaloes announced that Takeyasu was assigned the uniform number 21.

Source: Orix 12/26/2018


[12/8/2018] Hanshin Tigers reach agreement with Yuki Nishi

The Hanshin Tigers announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Yuki Nishi. He was assigned the uniform number 16. According to media reports, he agreed to a four-year deal worth an estimated one billion yen in total.

Source: Hanshin 12/7/2017, Sponichi 12/8/2018, Sponchi 12/8/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, ZakZak 12/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018, Daily Sports 12/8/2018, Daily Sports 12/7/2018, Daily Sports 12/7/2018, Sanspo 12/7/2018, Sports Hochi 12/7/2018

[UPDATE 12/15 @ 3:10am]

The Tigers held a press conference for Nishi at a hotel in Osaka on December 14. He was assigned the uniform number 16

Source: Hanshin 12/14/2018, Daily Sports 12/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2018


Yuki Nishi 2018 Off-season Updates

Date Updates
12/19/2018 1:10am – The Buffaloes are planning to select a player as part of their compensation package from their Tigers. They are hoping to make a decision before the end of the year. Nikkan Sports 12/18/2018, Sponichi 12/18/2018
12/15/2018 3:10am – The Buffaloes received a list of unprotected players from the Tigers on December 14. Sports Hochi 12/14/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/14/2018
12/08/2018 10:49pm – Hanshin Tigers reach agreement with Yuki Nishi
12/06/2018 10:41pm – According to recent media reports, Nishi is planning to sign with the Tigers. Sanspo 12/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018, Daily Sports 12/6/2018
11/25/2018 5:23pm – The Tigers met Nishi for a second time in Osaka on November 24. Their meeting lasted about an hour. The Tigers focused on two main points: Koshien as a pitcher’s park and their hope that Nishi can lead a young group of pitchers. Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018, Sanspo 11/25/2018, Sponichi 11/25/2018, Daily Sports 11/25/2018
11/23/2018 10:26am – Orix’s meeting with Nishi on November 22 was apparently not about their offer, but rather about team plans and how they wanted him to be a part of them. Nikkan Sports 11/24/2018, Sponichi 11/24/2018 … 3:23am – Orix met Nishi for a third meeting on November 22. They may have sweetened their initial offer of four years and 800 million yen. Sports Hochi 11/23/2018
11/21/2018 2:40pm – Nishi met Softbank for a second meeting on November 20. With Hideto Asamura out of the picture, the Hawks can focus their efforts on Nishi (they might sweeten their offer). Nikkan Sports 11/21/2018, Sports Hochi 11/21/2018 … The Tigers might be willing to make adjustments to their offer, which is said to be three to four years at a base 250 million yen a year. Sponichi 11/21/2018
11/20/2018 2:40pm – Nishi has finished his first round of negotiations (Orix, Softbank, Hanshin, Yokohama). He is planning to meet everyone at least one more time. Daily Sports 11/20/2018
11/17/2018 1:53pm – The Tigers met Nishi for negotiations on November 16. It was their first meeting. They may have offered a multi-year contract worth about 250 million yen a year. Discussions reportedly focused more on expectations and general team goals than money. The meeting lasted thirty to forty minutes. Sponichi 11/17/2018 … The Hawks met Nishi in Osaka on November 15. … Nikkan Sports 11/17/2018 … The Hawks’ offer may have been four years and about 1.5 billion yen. Source: Sanspo 11/17/2018
11/16/2018 11:16am – The Tigers reached out to Nishi’s agent on November 15. They might go three to four years at around 250 million yen a year. The Hawks also spoke to Nishi’s agent and may have offered four years at up to around two billion yen (or four years and one billion yen, or four years and base 1.6 billion yen that can go up to around two billion yen after incentives). Yokohama is interested in Nishi, but they want to avoid getting into a bidding war. Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sponichi 11/16/2018, Sports Hochi 11/16/2018
11/15/2018 11:43am  – Latest offer rumors: Orix reportedly started at four years and 800 million yen and pushed up to four years and one billion yen to stay competitive (Daily Sports 11/15/2018); Softbank could go up to four years and two billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/15/2018). … Orix is open to sitting down with Nishi again. Sanspo 11/15/2018
11/9/2018 12:03pm – The Dragons usually stay away from bidding wars and this may be no exception. With Softbank and Hanshin expected to make fairly strong offers, the Dragons might decide to avoid the process from the start. Sanspo 11/9/2018
11/8/2018 11:26am – Latest offer rumors: Orix four years around 200 million yen a year (Daily Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018); Hanshin three to four years about 250 million yen a year (Sponichi 11/8/2018); Softbank four years around 2 billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/8/2018), four years about one billion (Sanspo 11/8/2018). … The Dragons are still interested. Sponichi 11/8/2018 … 5:35am – Nishi submitted paperwork to exercise his free agent option on November 7. He spoke to members of the media after his meeting with Orix officials. The Buffaloes again told him they needed him next year and said they were not going to pull their offer from the table even if he decided to exercise his option. Nishi told the Buffaoes he appreciated their offer, but still wanted to know what other teams felt about him. Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018, Sponichi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018 … The Tigers are planning to reach out to Nishi as soon as possible. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018 … The Hawks are still interested. Sports Hochi 11/7/2018
11/5/2018 Nishi is apparently planning to exercise his option. He could file as early as today. The Orix Buffaloes’ offer may have been four years. The salary might be around 200 million yen. Daily Sports 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018
11/4/2018 Nikkan Sports is reporting that Nishi will probably exercise his option because he is interested in testing the market. Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018 … The Hawks will be looking into Nishi. Sponichi 11/4/2018
10/31/2018 The Hanshin Tigers might be willing to offer four years at around two billion yen. Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018
10/24/2018 The Chunichi Dragons are interested. Nikkan Sports 10/24/2018
10/22/2018 The Tigers are still interested in Nishi. Daily Sports 10/22/2018, Sports Hochi 10/22/2018
10/17/2018 The Buffaloes have already made Nishi a multi-year offer, possibly three to four years. Daily Sports 10/17/2018, Sponichi 10/17/2018
10/15/2018 Norifumi Nishimura met Nishi on October 14 and asked him for help next season. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018
10/10/2018 The Bay Stars are also looking into Nishi. Sports Hochi 10/10/2018
10/6/2018 The Softbank Hawks are interested. Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018
10/5/2018 Nishi earned his domestic free agent option this year. He is planning to consider all his options, including asking the Buffaloes to post him, after the season. The Hanshin Tigers are among teams interested if he becomes a free agent. Sanspo 10/5/2018, Sports Hochi 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018

[9/4/2018] Yuki Nishi interested in the Majors

Twenty-seven-year-old v earned his domestic free agent option earlier this year in May. According to media reports posted earlier today, he asked the Orix Buffaloes about getting posted during the off-season, but was turned down. Assuming no injuries, Nishi should earn his international free agent option next year. Scouts from a number of MLB teams, including the Cubs, Dodgers, Angels, Diamondbacks, and Phillies, have been spotted at his starts. It is possible the Buffaloes might be willing to post him to avoid losing him as a domestic free agent this year, or an international free agent next year.

Source: Chunichi Sports 9/4/2018, Daily Sport 9/4/2018


[5/20/2018] Yuki Nishi earns domestic free agent option

Twenty-seven-year-old Yuki Nishi earned his domestic free agent option after eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 5/20/2018, Daily Sports 5/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/20/2018, Sanspo 5/20/2018


[5/15/2018] Yuki Nishi slated to earn FA option on May 20

Twenty-seven-year-old Yuki Nishi is currently slated to earn his domestic free agent option on May 20 (assuming he remains on the active roster). The Orix Buffaloes are interested in keeping him in Osaka and are planning to show their sincerity by meeting him mid-season. They also want to gauge his interest. They could offer him a multi-year deal during the off-season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2018, Daily Sports 5/15/2018, Sponichi 5/15/2018


[12/5/2017] Orix Buffaloes hold off on offering Yuki Nishi a multi-year deal

Yuki Nishi agreed to a salary of 120 million yen for the 2018 season (down ten million yen) during contract negotiations on December 4. He was not offered a multi-year deal, even though he is expected to earn his domestic free agent option some time next year. The Orix Buffaloes were apparently thinking of Nishi and did not offer a multi-year deal because they would not be able to put together a very good package based on the numbers he put up this season. The organization is hoping they can talk multi-year deal after Nishi has a solid 2018. However, this could end up working against the Buffaloes next year. It should be noted that Nishi also has an interest in playing in the Majors.

(salary figures are estimates)

Source: Sanspo 12/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2017, Sports Hochi 12/5/2017


[8/22/2017] Yuki Nishi leaves after pitching one inning

Yuki Nishi left tonight’s game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Hotto Motto Kobe after the first inning. A ball hit by Go Matsumoto struck Nishi near his left wrist. He left the field for treatment and was able to return. He struck out Shohei Otani before giving up a two-run home run Sho Nakata. Nishi then hit Brandon Laird and got Taishi Ota to line out to third to end the inning. He was removed from the game after the first.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/22/2017, Sanspo 8/22/2017

[UPDATE 8/23 @ 7:53am]

Nishi was taken to a hospital in Kobe for tests (x-rays, CT scan) and diagnosed with a fracture in his trapezium bone. He will need to keep the hand immobile for around four weeks.

Source: Daily Sports 8/22/2017, Daily Sports 8/22/2017

[UPDATE 9/11 @ 3:51pm]

Nishi is slated to pitch in a Ni-gun batting practice scrimmage today. He tossed seventy pitches in the bullpen on September 9 and felt no discomfort. Depending on how things go, he might be ready to return to the active roster some time next week.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/12/2017

[UPDATE 9/23 @ 1:16pm]

Recent tests revealed that Nishi’s fracture has not completely healed. He is back in a cast.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2017


[8/10/2016] Yuki Nishi taken off active roster

Yuki Nishi (left hip) was examined at a hospital in Kobe on August 10. No serious issues were discovered. He was still taken off the active roster as a precaution and will resume practices at Ni-gun.

Source: Sanspo 8/10/2016, Sports Hochi 8/10/2016


[8/9/2016] Yuki Nishi limited to five innings because of back pain

Yuki Nishi left tonight’s (August 9) game against the Softbank Hawks at Kyocera Dome after five shutout innings because of fairly strong tightness in his left waist (he first started feeling it in the morning). He later told reporters that he thought things could get worse if he continued to pitch and that he would not know the full extent of his condition until tomorrow.

Source: Daily Sports 8/9/2016, Sports Hochi 8/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/9/2016, Sponichi 8/9/2016