ORIX Buffaloes (オリックス・バファローズ)

[2/5/2019] Orix Buffaloes to add Yoshihisa Naruse to roster

The Orix Buffaloes announced that they are going to add the thirty-three-year-old Yoshihisa Naruse to their roster. He was assigned the uniform number 46. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a salary worth an estimated fifteen million yen plus incentives.

Naruse pitched in a practice scrimmage on February 4. He faced six batters, threw twenty-five pitches, gave up two could-be hits, and struck out one (K, 1B8, G6, F6, 1B8, F9). He topped out at 135km/h.

Source: Orix 2/4/2019, Sponichi 2/5/2019, Sports Hochi 2/5/2019, Daily Sports 2/5/2019, Daily Sports 2/4/2019, Sanspo 2/4/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/4/2019


[2/3/2019] Yuta Kuroki diagnosed with elbow inflammation

Yuta Kuroki was taken to a hospital in Miyazaki after complaining of discomfort in his right elbow. An MRI revealed some ligament inflammation on the medial side of the elbow. His arm will be shut down as he begins a rehab program.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2019, Daily Sports 2/3/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/3/2019


[2/3/2019] Shuto Takajo out with calf strain

Shuto Takajo developed tightness in his left calf during the first day of spring camp on February 1. He was examined at a hospital in Miyazaki on February 2 and diagnosed with a grade 1 strain in his left gastrocnemius muscle.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2019, Daily Sports 2/2/2019


[1/15/2019] Orix Buffaloes reach agreement with Tyler Eppler

The Orix Buffaloes announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-six-year-old Tyler Eppler. He was assigned the uniform number 42. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 600,000 US dollars.

Source: Orix 1/15/2019, Sanspo 1/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019, Chunichi Sports 1/15/2019, Daily Sports 1/15/2019, Sponichi 1/15/2019


[12/28/2018] Ryoichi Adachi agrees to a three-year contract

Thirty-year-old Ryoichi Adachi agreed to a three-year contract during salary negotiations with the Orix Buffaloes. Adachi is slated to earn his domestic free agent option some time next season. His salary next year will be an estimated ninety million yen plus incentives (up twenty-six million yen from this season).

Source: Sports Hochi 12/27/2018, Sponichi 12/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/27/2018, Daily Sports 12/27/2018


Kohei Suzuki (Orix): Did You Know

Relationships & Family


December 26 – The media learned that Suzuki (27) filed marriage papers with a twenty-nine-year-old woman earlier this year in January.

Source: Sponichi 12/26/2018


[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


Chihiro Kaneko 2018 Off-season Updates

Date Updates
12/5/2018 2:03pm – Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Chihiro Kaneko
12/4/2018 10:45am – The Fighters could be close to working out a deal with Kaneko. According to Sponichi, their offer may have been a one-year deal worth about 100 million yen plus a nice performance bonus package. Nikkan Sports 12/4/2018, Sponichi 12/4/2018
12/3/2018 10:55pm – The Fighters have already met Kaneko and made him an offer. Sponichi 12/3/2018, Sanspo 12/3/2018, Sports Hochi 12/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2018 … 2:50pm – Kaneko is willing to talk to any team interested in his services (domestic or overseas). Daily Sports 12/3/2018, Sponichi 12/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2018
12/2/2018 10:57pm – Kaneko is not hard-set on starting and is apparently open to a role out of the bullpen. Sanspo 12/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/2/2018 … 6:58am – The Nippon Ham Fighters are interested. Source: Sanspo 12/1/2018, Chunichi Sports 12/1/2018, Sports Hochi 12/1/2018
11/30/2018 2:21pm – The Chunichi Dragons are interested, but uncertain if they have the space. Sports Hochi 11/30/2018 … The Buffaloes are planning to let Kaneko use their facilities for workouts while he is a free agent. Nikkan Sports 11/30/2018
11/29/2018 2:46am – The Buffaloes received a call from Kaneko on November 28 asking to be released. They are planning to remove him from their list of reserved players at the end of the month. Kaneko will become a free agent on December 2. Source: Daily Sports 11/28/2018, Sports Hochi 11/28/2018, Sponichi 11/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/28/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/28/2018, Sanspo 11/28/2018
11/27/2018 10:46am – According to an interview posted by Tokyo Sports, Kaneko is still interested in the MLB. He also clarified that he wanted to experience the MLB, not take it on as a challenge. Tokyo Sports 11/26/2018
11/26/2018 1:34pm – Kaneko is planning to meet the Orix for a fourth time some time in the very near future. He told fans during fan appreciation day on November 25 that he had made a decision and that everyone would soon know how things were going to turn out. Nikkan Sports 11/26/2018, Sponichi 11/26/2018
11/24/2018 10:10am – If Kaneko really does become a free agent, the Rakuten Eagles will probably take a look. Rakuten manager Yosuke Hiraishi was teammates with Kaneko when they played for Toyota (Industrial League). And depending on which report you read, Kaneko has yet to make a decision. Sports Hochi 11/24/2018, Daily Sports 11/24/2018, Daily Sports 11/24/2018, Sponichi 11/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/24/2018 … 3:24am – According to Sponichi, Kaneko has opted to become a free agent. Sponichi 11/23/2018
11/22/2018 2:10pm – The Buffaloes are okay with signing Kaneko even if he opts to become a free agent. Kaneko is considering all options that might help him reach his goals as a player during the tail-end of his career. Contract terms (salary, years, incentives) are not the main of his discussions with the team. He does not consider the discussions to be negotiations. He likes the Buffaloes, but is not sure if it is in his or the team’s best interest to stay. As for his free agent option, he did not realize he re-earned this season and never even really considered becoming a free agent until the Buffaloes gave him the choice by cutting his salary by more than the allowed forty percent. Sponichi 11/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2018, Sports Hochi 11/22/2018, Daily Sports 11/22/2018, Sanspo 11/22/2018
11/21/2018 Kaneko met with the Buffaloes on November 20 for a third round of negotiations. His agent spent about an hour talking to Orix officials. The Buffaloes feel negotiations went well, but Kaneko has yet to make a decision. He has two options: accept the Buffaloes’ offer, or become a free agent. If Kaneko accepts the offer, he will become the first player to see his salary drop by 500 million yen. The previous record of 450 was set by Toshiya Sugiuchi in 2015. Daily Sports 11/21/2018, Sponichi 11/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/21/2018, Sports Hochi 11/21/2018
11/20/2018 Kaneko’s salary in 2018 may have been 600 million yen and the Buffaloes may be trying to get him to agree to a 500 million yen reduction. The two sides are slated to meet again some time his week. Chunichi Sports 11/20/2018, Daily Sports 11/20/2018, Sanspo 11/20/2018
11/17/2018 The Buffaloes offer to Kaneko might be around 100 million yen, down from the estimated 500 million yen he made this past season. The two sides are expected to meet at least one more time. If Kaneko turns down the offer, he could become a free agent. Sponichi 11/17/2018
11/07/2018 The Buffaloes are not sure what Kaneko wants to do. They also feel like he is being a little cold to them. Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018
11/06/2018 Kaneko could choose the MLB. Sponichi 11/6/2018 … Kaneko met Orix officials on October 5 for the second time this off-season. Nikkan Sports 11/6/2018, Daily Sports 11/6/2018
11/05/2018 The Buffaloes met Kaneko for over two hours on November 5 and discussed his available options. Kaneko has not made it clear what he wants to do yet. They will continue discussions. Tokyo Sports 11/5/2018
10/31/2018 According to Sports Hochi, Kaneko could be looking at a pay cut worth over 200 million yen. Sports Hochi 10/31/2018
10/30/2018 The media learned that Kaneko was offered a significant salary cut. Sanspo 10/30/2018
10/15/2018 Norifumi Nishimura met Kaneko on October 14 and asked him for help next season. Sports Hochi 10/15/2018, Daily Sports 10/15/2018
10/05/2018 Expected to earn second free agent option via injury exception. Planning to consider all options. Sponichi 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Daily Sports 10/5/2018

Orix Buffaloes: 2019 Spring Camp



Source: Orix 11/12/2018


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