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Otani eyes MLB move after next season

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Shohei Otani said Monday he has told club officials of his intention to try his luck in the major leagues from 2018. In a meeting with the Sapporo-based Pacific League club to negotiate next season’s salary, the 22-year-old, who holds the Nippon Pro Baseball speed ...

Dec 2, 2016

Matsuzaka to pitch for Puerto Rico winter ball team

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka joined the Gigantes de Carolina this week to play in Puerto Rico’s winter league. The 36-year-old right-hander, who spent this past season coming back from shoulder surgery in August 2015, is scheduled to play in the winter league ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Nov 26, 2016

Dragons sign Cuban infielder Guerrero

The Chunichi Dragons have acquired Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero on a one-year deal worth ¥150 million (about $1.3 million) plus incentives, the Central League club announced Saturday. The 30-year-old, who can also play outfield, played in 117 major league games for the Los Angeles ...