The Nippon Ham Fighters and Yakult Swallows agreed on a trade. The Fighters will send twenty-seven-year-old Hirotoshi Takanashi and twenty-one-year-old Kengo Ota to the Swallows for twenty-nine-year-old Ryo Akiyoshi and twenty-seven-year-old Ryota Yachi.0 Comments
Twenty-six-year-old Haruki Nishikawa signed a new contract with the Nippon Ham Fighters. He agreed to a two-year deal worth an estimated 400 million yen in total. Nishikawa led the Pacific League in stolen bases for the second year in a row (third overall) and picked up his second Golden Glove in as many years.0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Justin Hancock. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal worth an estimated seventy million yen.0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with Chihiro Kaneko. The Fighters could hold a press conference for Kaneko when he visits Sapporo next week to finalize their agreement.
Source: Nippon Ham 12/4/2018, Daily Sports 12/4/2018, Sports Hochi 12/4/2018, Sponichi 12/4/2018, Sponichi 12/4/2018, Sponichi 12/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2018, Sanspo 12/5/2018
[UPDATE 12/11 @ 6:11pm PST]
The Fighters held a press conference for Kaneko on December 10. He was assigned the uniform number 19. According to media reports, he agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 150 million yen plus incentives.0 Comments
Sapporo Dome announced that this year’s Sapporo Dome MVP will go to Naoyuki Uwasawa. He was selected because:
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Yuya Taniguchi’s uniform number will change from 64 to 4.
Source: Nippon Ham 11/20/20180 Comments
Twenty-nine-year-old Sho Nakata held a press conference at a hotel in Sapporo today and announced that he decided not to exercise the international free agent option he earned this year. According to a report by Sponichi, Nakata agreed to a three-year contract that could be worth as much as one billion yen. His salary next year will be an estimated 280 million yen (up from 200 million yen).0 Comments
Twenty-five-year-old Po-Jung Wang updates from various sources:
November 13, 2018
[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:43am]
Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters the Lions were not planning to make a move for Wang.
[UPDATE 11/14 @ 1:02pm]
According to ZakZak, it might cost any team interested in Wang 100 million yen in posting fees and over 200 million yen a year in salary.
Source: ZakZak 11/14/2018
[UPDATE 11/21 @ 12:30am]
The Nippon Ham Fighters have apparently won rights to negotiate with Wang. They will have thirty days to work out an agreement.
[UPDATE 11/30 @ 2:35pm]
Negotiations between the Fighters and Wang are continuing to move forward. The two sides might be able to reach an agreement in early December.
[UPDATE 12/3 @ 11:14pm]
The Fighters are reportedly close to reaching an agreement with Wang. They could finalize a formal agreement some time this week.
Source: Daily Sports 12/3/2018
[UPDATE 12/7 @ 2:20pm]
According to media reports from Taiwan, the Fighters could be close to finalizing a four-year deal worth an estimate 500 million yen with Wang. A press conference is scheduled for December 19.
[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:05pm]
The Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with Wang. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number.
[UPDATE 12/8 @ 2:31pm]
Sponichi and Nikkan Sports are reporting that the two side agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated 400 million yen in total, plus incentives. The Fighters will hold a press conference for Wang in Taiwan on December 19 and at Sapporo Dome on December 21.
Source: Sponichi 12/8/20180 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Naoki Miyanishi had surgery on his left elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. He will require three to four months for a full recovery.0 Comments
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