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[11/18/2017] Takuya Nakashima to take over as new Fighters chief player rep

Takuya Nakashima will be named the next chief player representative for the Nippon Ham Fighters. He will be taking over for Shota Ono. An announcement will be made before the end of the month.

Source: Sponichi 11/18/2017, Sports Hochi 11/18/2017

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[2017 Free Agency] Shota Ono Rumors

Date Team Update
11/18/2017
@ 3:38a
Chunichi Dragons manager Shigekazu Mori is planning to get involved in negotiations. Mori is currently out of the country checking on talent overseas. Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
11/17/2017
@ 2:46a
Chunichi The Chunichi Dragons are said to be interested. Daily Sports 11/16/2017

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[2017 Free Agency] Hirotoshi Masui Rumors

Date Team Update
11/19/2017
@ 3:23a
Orix The media learned on November 17 that the Buffaloes met with Masui’s rep. They may have offered as many as four years. Sports Hochi 11/18/2017
11/19/2017
@ 3:16a
Masui signed with Boras Corporation about week ago. They have been handling his negotiations. Sanspo 11/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/18/2017, Sponichi 11/18/2017
11/18/2017
@ 3:34a
Masui told reporters on November 17 that he hoped to have everything settled before the end of the month. At latest, the end of December. He also told reporters that he is going to let his representative handle all negotiations. Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
11/17/2017
@ 2:39a
Orix The Buffaloes are interested. They might be more inclined to make a move if Yoshihisa Hirano finds a home in the US. Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017

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[11/14/2017] Sho Nakata decides to stay with the Fighters

Sho Nakata held a press conference at the Nippon Ham Fighters’ offices on November 14 and announced that he decided not to exercise his free agent option. He told the press that he was able to make the decision after talking it over with his family. He also told the press that he found it difficult to leave after having such a disappointing season.

According to media reports, Nakata agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated  200 million yen plus incentives (down eighty million yen from this year).

Source: Nippon Ham 11/14/2017, Sponichi 11/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2017, Daily Sports 11/14/2017


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Haruki Nishikawa: Did You Know

2017

Nishikawa will have LASIK surgery this winter. He is hoping his vision will increase from 0.1 to 1.5 (Japan uses the decimal system).

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2017

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[11/14/2017] Hirotoshi Masui to become a free agent

Thirty-three-year-old Hirotoshi Masui held a press conference at the Nippon Ham Fighters offices in Sapporo today and announced he was going to use his domestic free agent option. He told the media the Fighters are still an option since they told him they wanted him to stay during earlier negotiations. He wants to play for as long as possible and is looking for a long-term deal.

A number of teams, including Yomiuri and Orix, are said to be interested in Masui.

Source: Daily Sports 11/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2017, Daily Sports 11/14/2017, Sponichi 11/14/2017

[UPDATE 11/15 @ 1:37am]

The Fighters posted an announcement on their official web site.

Source: Nippon Ham 11/15/2017

[UPDATE 11/15 @ 1:47pm]

The Buffaloes might build off a four-year contract.

The Fighters’ offer may have been two years at a total over 440 million yen (Masui made an estimated 220 million yen this year).

Source: Sports Hochi 11/15/2017, Sanspo 11/15/2017


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[11/12/2017] Shohei Otani’s Press Conference on November 11

Shohei Otani held a press conference at the Japan National Press Club on November 11. Notes from various sources below:

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[Practice Game] Samurai Japan 3 – Nippon Ham Fighters 3 (November 12, 2017)

Samurai Japan vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Kiyotake SOKKEN Stadium

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Samurai Japan 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 12 0
Nippon Ham 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0   3 7 1

Attendance: 3000 | Time: 2h48m

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[11/10/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Otani

Hideki Kuriyama held a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo today and announced that he accepted Shohei Otani’s request to go to the Majors. Kuriyama and Fighters’ Representative Director and President Kenso Takeda met Otani earlier in the day and talked about his desire to play in the MLB next season. The Nippon Ham Fighters decided to accept his request and will help him go to the MLB by posting him this winter.

Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2017, Sponichi 11/10/2017

[UPDATE 11/10 @ 9:00pm]

Otani left for the hotel in Tokyo from the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya at around 1:00pm. His meeting with Kuriyama and Takeda lasted about thirty minutes. Otani was not at today’s press conference, but is scheduled to hold his own on November 11 at 11am in Tokyo.

Source: Sponichi 11/10/2017


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[11/9/2017] Shota Ono to become a free agent

Shota Ono held a press conference on November 9 and announced that he will use his international free agent option. He decided to use the option because he wants the chance to talk to other teams and consider their offers. The Nippon Ham Fighters have told him they want him to stay and that they will wait for as long as it takes for him to decide what he wants to do.

Source: Nippon Ham 11/9/2017


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