Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (北海道日本ハムファイターズ)
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[12/11/2018] Nippon Ham, Yakult agree on two-for-two trade

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.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/11/2018, Yakult 12/11/2018

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[12/6/2018] Haruki Nishikawa signs two-year contract

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/5/2018, Sponichi 12/5/2018, Daily Sports 12/5/2018, Sanspo 12/5/2018

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[12/6/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Justin Hancock

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.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/5/2018, Sanspo 12/5/2018, Daily Sports 12/5/2018, Sports Hochi 12/5/2018, Sponichi 12/5/2018, Sponichi 12/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/5/2018

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[12/5/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Chihiro Kaneko

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.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/10/2018Daily Sports 12/10/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/10/2018, Sponichi 12/10/2018

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[11/22/2018] Naoyuki Uwasawa wins 2018 Sapporo Dome MVP

Sapporo Dome announced that this year’s Sapporo Dome MVP will go to Naoyuki Uwasawa. He was selected because:

Source: Sapporo Dome 11/22/2018, Nippon Ham 11/22/2018

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[11/20/2018] Yuya Taniguchi gets new uniform number

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Yuya Taniguchi’s uniform number will change from 64 to 4.

Source: Nippon Ham 11/20/2018

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[11/13/2018] Sho Nakata to hold onto FA option and stay with the Nippon Ham Fighters

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).

Source: Daily Sports 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018

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[11/13/2018] Po-Jung Wang reaches agreement with Nippon Ham Fighters

Twenty-five-year-old Po-Jung Wang updates from various sources:

November 13, 2018

Source: Sports Hochi 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018

[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:43am]

Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters the Lions were not planning to make a move for Wang.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018, Sports Hochi 11/13/2018

[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.

Source: Lamigo 11/20/2018, Sports Hochi 11/20/2018, Daily Sports 11/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/20/2018

[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.

Source: Sponichi 11/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2018

[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.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/7/2018, Sports Hochi 12/7/2018

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:05pm]

The Fighters announced that they reached an agreement with Wang. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, Sports Hochi 12/7/2018, Daily Sports 12/7/2018

[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 12/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2018

Source: Sponichi 12/8/2018

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[11/5/2018] Naoki Miyanishi has left elbow surgery

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.

Source: Nippon Ham 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018, Sports Hochi 11/5/2018, Daily Sports 11/5/2018

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Nippon Ham Fighters: 2019 Spring Camp

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Arizona Spring Camp

Okinawa

Farm

Source: Nippon Ham 11/4/2018, Nippon Ham 12/3/2018

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