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Kaneko to stay with Buffaloes

Right-hander Chihiro Kaneko, this year’s Pacific League MVP and Sawamura Award winner, is staying with the Orix Buffaloes. Kaneko, being chased by a number of Japanese clubs including the Hanshin Tigers, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, on Wednesday put pen to paper on a four-year ...

Dec 18, 2014

NPB teams keep eye on shift in U.S.-Cuba relations

For one year, at least, Nippon Professional Baseball has been the prime destination for Cuban ballplayers wishing to play overseas legally, but those days may be numbered. Following Thursday’s sudden policy shift by the United States toward normalizing relations with Cuba, the possibility looms ...

Dec 18, 2014

Giants win ¥1.6 million lawsuit against ex-GM Kiyotake

The Yomiuri Giants and its owner, Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings, defeated the club’s former general manager, Hidetoshi Kiyotake on Thursday in a lawsuit battle at the Tokyo District Court. The court’s ruling ordered Kiyotake to pay ¥1.6 million in damages for discrediting the Giants side ...

Dec 18, 2014

Carp decide not to post pitcher Maeda

Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda’s chances of playing in the big leagues next season were all but erased on Thursday, when the Central League club informed him that they will not allow him to leave via the posting system. The 26-year-old Maeda has spoken ...

Tigers prepare bid for Sawamura Award winner Kaneko

Dec 17, 2014

Tigers prepare bid for Sawamura Award winner Kaneko

Hanshin Tigers general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura said Wednesday that the Central League club is ready to spend on free agent right-hander Chihiro Kaneko, but will not break the bank to bring in this year’s Sawamura Award winner. “We’ve put it (an offer) together, and ...

Dec 17, 2014

Eagles reach agreement in principle with Sanchez

The Pacific League’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have reached an agreement in principle with 31-year-old first baseman Gaby Sanchez, managing director Hiroshi Abei revealed Wednesday. The one-year deal is for an estimated $2.5 million (roughly ¥290 million) with additional performance-based incentives. The deal is ...

Dec 16, 2014

Second baseman Tanaka returns to Fighters

After two years in the United States, most of it spent in Triple-A, second baseman Kensuke Tanaka is returning to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, the team announced Tuesday. Tanaka, 33, left the Pacific League club as a free agent and signed a minor ...

Dec 12, 2014

Veteran outfielder Hermida joins Fighters

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters on Friday announced the acquisition of former Florida Marlins and Boston Red Sox outfielder Jeremy Hermida. The 30-year-old Hermida, who played with the Milwaukee Brewers Triple-A affiliate Nashville this past season, joins the Fighters on a one-year deal worth ...

Dec 12, 2014

BayStars acquire infielder Lopez

Jose Lopez, who was recently released by the Yomiuri Giants, has agreed to join the Yokohama BayStars, the Central League club said Friday. The 31-year-old infielder will join the BayStars on a two-year deal carrying an annual salary of ¥150 million. In his second ...

Dec 10, 2014

BayStars hand Okajima one-year deal

The Yokohama BayStars announced Wednesday they have agreed to a one-year contract with former major league reliever Hideki Okajima. The 38-year-old Okajima went 4-4 with a 2.11 ERA in 44 games for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks last season but was released by the Japan ...