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Dec 24, 2015

Swallows finalize deals with pitchers Davies, Lueke, Perez

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows have signed veteran big league right-hander Kyle Davies, right-hander Josh Lueke and lefty Luis Perez on one-year contracts, the Central League champions announced Thursday. The 32-year-old Davies has a 43-65 career record over eight major league seasons, mostly with the ...

Dec 24, 2015

Matsuda returning to Hawks

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks third baseman Nobuhiro Matsuda will return to the Pacific League powerhouse instead of moving to the major leagues as a free agent, he said Thursday. “From my two choices, I chose to stay with the Hawks,” the 32-year-old told a news ...

Dec 18, 2015

Buffaloes sign Bogusevic, Morel

The Orix Buffaloes have signed outfielder Brian Bogusevic and third baseman Brent Morel to one-year, $750,000 deals, the Pacific League team announced Friday. The 31-year-old Bogusevic, the 24th player taken in the 2005 draft, played 22 games for the Philadelphia Phillies this year. The ...

Dec 18, 2015

Carp, third baseman Luna finalize one-year deal

After three seasons with the Chunichi Dragons, 35-year-old free agent third baseman Hector Luna has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Hiroshima Carp, the Central League club announced Friday. Luna, who was named the CL’s best third baseman in 2014, hits ...

Dec 17, 2015

Carp hurler Kuroda becomes NPB's top-paid player

A year after Hiroki Kuroda left millions of dollars on the table to return to Japan and rejoin the Hiroshima Carp, the Central League club made him Nippon Professional Baseball’s highest-paid player on Thursday. “I was rated more highly than I imagined,” Kuroda said. ...

Dec 11, 2015

Giants sign infielder Cruz

The Yomiuri Giants signed free agent second baseman Luis Cruz, the Central League club announced Friday. The 31-year-old Mexican played for the Chiba Lotte Marines for the past two seasons. He batted .255 with 16 home runs and a team-high 73 RBIs in 133 ...

Dec 11, 2015

Tigers cut off negotiations with closer Oh

The Hanshin Tigers decided on Friday to end negotiations with free agent closer Oh Seung-hwan, a target of a South Korean investigation into illegal gambling. “We spoke to his agent and mutually agreed (to end negotiations),” said team president Keiichiro Yotsufuji, despite no judicial ...

Dec 10, 2015

Giants' Sugiuchi takes record pay cut

Yomiuri Giants starter Toshiya Sugiuchi re-signed for ¥50 million plus incentives on Thursday after he offered to take a ¥450 million pay cut, the biggest ever in Japanese baseball history. The 35-year-old left-hander, who was in the fourth and final year of a ¥2 ...

Dec 9, 2015

Norimoto likely to get ball for Rakuten in 2016 opener

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles manager Masataka Nashida on Wednesday indicated he will pin his hopes on Takahiro Norimoto for next season’s opening game against the Japan Series champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. It will make the 25-year-old Norimoto the first NPB pitcher to start four ...

Dec 8, 2015

Closer Oh target of gambling probe

A star South Korean pitcher looking to sign a Major League Baseball contract has been dragged into a widening probe into illegal gambling overseas, his lawyer said Tuesday. Oh Seung-hwan, one of the most successful closers in the history of Korean baseball, is expected ...

Dec 8, 2015

Kuroda returning to Carp for 2016 season

Hiroshima Carp right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who had been considering retirement, has decided to stay with the club and return to the mound next season, general manager Kiyoaki Suzuki revealed on Tuesday. The 40-year-old Kuroda, who returned to Japan after a seven-year career in the ...