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Dec 1, 2016

BayStars give slugger Tsutsugo a hefty salary increase

The Yokohama BayStars gave Yoshitomo Tsutsugo a huge pay raise and re-signed the outfielder Thursday to an annual salary of ¥300 million (about $2.6 million) for next season. “I have been offered an unbelievable amount of money and I am really thankful,” said Tsutsugo, ...

Dec 1, 2016

Hurler Yamaguchi set to join Giants

Right-hander Shun Yamaguchi, who declared himself a free agent from the Yokohama BayStars last month, is joining the Giants, Yomiuri general manager Tatsuyoshi Tsutsumi said Thursday. Tsutsumi said Yamaguchi, 29, contacted him around noon and told him he wants to play for the Giants. ...

Cespedes hopes to stay with Mets for rest of career

Dec 1, 2016

Cespedes hopes to stay with Mets for rest of career

Having finalized a $110 million, four-year contract with the New York Mets, Yoenis Cespedes declared: “God willing, I will finish out my career with this team.” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson quickly interjected: “God willing, and a no-trade clause, by the way.” Acquired by ...

Cespedes, Mets agree to contract worth $110 million

Nov 30, 2016

Cespedes, Mets agree to contract worth $110 million

Yoenis Cespedes is staying with the New York Mets — again. After testing free agency for the second straight offseason, the slugging outfielder agreed to a $110 million, four-year contract with New York, a person familiar with the deal told AP on Tuesday. The ...

Nov 29, 2016

Tigers finalize deals with Messenger, Mateo

Right-hander Randy Messenger re-signed with the Hanshin Tigers on a new two-year deal worth ¥350 million ($3.1 million) a year, while closer Marcos Mateo also renewed his contract for a year, the Central League club announced Tuesday. The 35-year-old Messenger, who will enter his ...

Nov 29, 2016

Buffaloes sign outfielder Romero

Former Seattle Mariners outfielder Stefen Romero has signed a one-year contract with the Orix Buffaloes. Japanese media reported the deal was worth $850,000 and has provisions for bonuses. Romero batted .195 in 94 major league games spread over the past three seasons with Seattle. ...

Nov 29, 2016

Longtime hurler Arakaki retires

Former Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks right-hander Nagisa Arakaki revealed his decision to retire Tuesday after 14 years in Nippon Professional Baseball. “I thought it was about time to decide after speaking to my family,” said Arakaki, who was released by the Tokyo Yakult Swallows last ...

Nov 29, 2016

Veteran pitcher Volquez to join Marlins: source

The Miami Marlins have begun the painful task of revamping their rotation following the death of ace Jose Fernandez, reaching a deal with free agent Edinson Volquez. The veteran right-hander agreed to a $22 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the situation said ...

Otani, Arai win MVP awards

Nov 29, 2016

Otani, Arai win MVP awards

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Shohei Otani’s historic season of rewriting the record books and challenging conventional baseball wisdom reached its logical conclusion on Monday night. In a result that came as a surprise to no one, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ two-way star was crowned Pacific League MVP, ...

Nov 26, 2016

Otani aims to be world's fastest pitcher

A day after being named both the best pitcher and the best designated hitter in the Pacific League, Shohei Otani said Saturday he’d also like to throw the world’s fastest pitch. In an event inHokkaido, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters star said throwing 169 ...