The Yomiuri Giants announced on November 28 that they signed the following three foreign players to contracts for the 2018 season:
(Salaries are estimates)
[UPDATE 11/29 @ 4:01pm]
According to media reports, Mathieson agreed to a two-year deal and McGehee and Caminero each agreed to one-year deals.
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The Yomiuri Giants are interested in retaining the services of thirty-four-year-old Casey McGehee, thirty-year-old Arquimedes Caminero, twenty-nine-year-old Miles Mikolas, and thirty-three-year-old Scott Mathieson. McGehee is reportedly open to returning to the team in 2018. Caminero is expected to stay. Mikolas and Mathieson are question marks and could end up signing with an MLB team.
[UPDATE 10/5 @ 12:35am]
Mikolas, Caminero, and McGehee returned to their respective homes out of Narita Airport on October 4.
[UPDATE 10/12 @ 1:13am]
Mathieson left for the United States on October 11. Before leaving, he had a chance to speak to reporters. He is keeping the line of communication open with the Giants. He has also heard that MLB teams are interested in him. He is not sure what he wants to do yet, other than make the best decision for his family. He does also have an image of retiring in 2020 with the Olympics and potentially ends his career in Tokyo.
Yoshinobu Takahashi also got the chance to speak to directly to Mathieson a few days before his departure.
[UPDATE 10/13 @ 1:43am]
The Rangers have an interest in Mikolas.
Source: Sanspo 10/12/2017
[UPDATE 11/14 @ 12:37am]
The Giants are still talking to Mikolas and Mathieson.
Source: Sponichi 11/13/2017
[UPDATE 11/20 @ 1:05am]
The Brewers are among MLB teams that might be interested in Mikolas.
Source: Sponichi 11/19/2017
[UPDATE 12/7 @ 1:48am]
Mikolas signed a two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.0 Comments
Casey McGehee left tonight’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Kyocera Dome early after he appeared to hurt his left thigh while running out a double in the seventh inning. McGehee later told reporters he developed a cramp in his leg while running to second and that he should be okay for tomorrow’s game.0 Comments
McGehee made a friendly bet with batting practice pitcher Hideki Asai. If he can hit thirty or more home runs, Asai has to shave his head. He if can not hit thirty or more home runs, he will grow out his hair.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/29/2017
May 28 vs Hiroshima at Tokyo Dome – McGehee became the Yomiuri Giants’ eighty-seventh clean-up hitter in franchise history.
Source: Sponichi 5/28/2017
August 30 vs Hiroshima at Tokyo Dome – McGehee notched his fortieth double of the year and tied the Yomiuri Giants franchise record set by Wally Yonamine in 1954. The NPB record of fifty-two was set by Yoshitomo Tani in 2001.
Source: Sanspo 8/31/2017
September 2 vs Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium – McGehee set a new single-season franchise record for doubles with his forty-first double of the year. The hit came in the fourth inning off Kenta Ishida.
Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2017
September 27 vs Chunichi at Tokyo Dome – McGehee notched his forty-seventh double of the year and tied the Central League record Kosuke Fukudome set in 2006. The NPB record of fifty-two was set by Yoshitomo Tani in 2001.
October 3 @ 10:45pm vs Yakult at Jingu Stadium – McGehee recorded his forty-eighth of the season and set a new Central League single-season record for doubles. The double came in the seventh inning off Kenichi Matsuoka.
The NPB record of fifty-two was set by Yoshitomo Tani in 2001. Kazuya Fukuura is in second with fifty (2003). McGehee is tied for third with Phil Clark (1998).
August 19 vs Chunichi at Tokyo Dome – McGehee notched the first walk-off hit of his NPB career.
Source: Sponichi 8/20/20180 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants are crowded at the infield corners and still lack a solid candidate at second base. During fielding practices on February 27, Casey McGehee spent time at second base. The thirty-four-year-old seems open to the idea, and if the Giants believe he can handle the position, it would allow them to use Shuichi Murata at third and Shinnosuke Abe at first.One Comment
The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-four-year-old Casey McGehee. The Giants released the following comment from McGehee:
I am almost at a loss of words over the happiness I feel for the chance to be a part of the Yomiuri Giants. I look forward to meeting Takahashi-kantoku, my new teammates, and the passionate fans. I will give everything I have to help the team win a Central League pennant and a Nippon Series.
According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1.7 million US dollars. He will be assigned the uniform number 33.
[UPDATE 1/31 @ 7:09pm]
The Giants held a press conference for McGehee today.0 Comments
Sanspo posted a report on the morning of November 17 that the Hanshin Tigers made an offer to thirty-four-year-old Casey McGehee and were waiting to hear back from him. The report also mentioned that a number of other teams were in touch with McGehee and that the Tigers were late to the table.
Tokyo Sports provided an update later in the evening on the same day that said Hanshin decided to give up on the former Rakuten Eagle because they felt they could not make up for the lost time.0 Comments
According to a report by Daily Sports, thirty-three-year-old Casey McGehee is interested in returning to Japan next year. The Yomiuri Giants are apparently interested.
Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2016
[UPDATE 11/7 @ 2:15am]
The Hanshin Tigers are also interested.
Source: Sponichi 11/7/20160 Comments