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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 ...

Dec 10, 2014

Akiyama's wife, 55, passes away

Former Fukuoka Softbank Hawks manager Koji Akiyama’s wife, Chiaki, has died, an informed source said Wednesday. She was 55. The cause of death has not been released. Akiyama, 52, led the Hawks to their first Japan Series championship in three years this past season. ...

Dec 6, 2014

Buffaloes sign Blanco, Bullington

The Orix Buffaloes have signed slugger Tony Blanco and Bryan Bullington, who were released from the Yokohama BayStars and Hiroshima Carp, respectively. First baseman Blanco, 34, figures to make an estimated ¥500 million over two years, while right-hander Bullington, 34, has agreed to a ...

Dec 6, 2014

Eagles finalize deal with Mickolio

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have acquired the services of 30-year-old reliever Kam Mickolio, who was released from the Hiroshima Carp at the end of the season, on a contract for ¥150 million, including a signing bonus. The deal was announced on Saturday. The ...

Buffaloes snap up local hero Nakajima

Dec 5, 2014

Buffaloes snap up local hero Nakajima

Four-time Best IX shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima is returning to Japan on a three-year deal with the Orix Buffaloes, the Pacific League team said Friday. The deal is for ¥1.2 billion. The 32-year-old Nakajima spent the last two years in the United States in the ...

Otani signs ¥100 million deal

Dec 5, 2014

Otani signs ¥100 million deal

Sweet-swinging, hard-throwing Shohei Otani became the second player to sign a ¥100 million contract ahead of his third season out of high school with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. The 20-year-old Otani led the third-place Fighters with an 11-4 record, 179 strikeouts and a ...

Dec 4, 2014

Hawks sign hurler Matsuzaka

Two-time World Baseball Classic MVP Daisuke Matsuzaka has signed with the Pacific League’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, the Japan Series champions announced Thursday. The 34-year-old right-hander compiled a 3-3 record last season with one save and a 3.89 ERA over 34 games as a reliever ...

Dec 4, 2014

Nakajima won't return to Lions

Former Lions star Hiroyuki Nakajima has rejected the possibility of a return to his old club, Seibu managing director Haruhiko Suzuki said Thursday. Nakajima, a four-time winner of the Pacific League’s Best IX Award at shortstop, has spent the past two seasons in the ...