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Dec 18, 2016

Carp acquire pitcher Brasier

The Hiroshima Carp have acquired right-hander Ryan Brasier, the Central League club announced Sunday. The 29-year-old agreed a one-year deal worth $475,000 plus incentives with a $50,000 signing bonus after going 5-3 with a 3.56 ERA, pitching mostly in relief, for Triple-A Nashville (Oakland ...

Dec 17, 2016

Giants sign ex-Mariners reliever Caminero

The Yomiuri Giants have acquired former Seattle Mariners reliever Arquimedes Caminero on a one-year deal reportedly worth $1.15 million (roughly ¥140 million), the Central League club announced Saturday. The hard-throwing right-hander, who made his major league debut in 2013 with the Miami Marlins, started ...

Dec 14, 2016

Free agent Yoh to join Yomiuri

Free agent outfielder Daikan Yoh will join the Yomiuri Giants, the Central League ballclub’s general manager Tatsuyoshi Tsutsumi said Wednesday. Yoh is the third free agent to sign with the Giants this winter — the first time at least three players joined a single ...

Dec 13, 2016

Orix re-signs Dickson, Morel, adds 3 foreign pitchers

The Orix Buffaloes re-signed right-hander Brandon Dickson and infielder Brent Morel and also added three foreign pitchers, the Pacific League team said Tuesday. Dickson was 9-11 with a 4.36 ERA this past season in his fourth year with Orix, while Morel had eight home ...

Dec 8, 2016

Seibu Lions to sponsor international competition in Cambodia

The Seibu Lions will sponsor an international exhibition baseball competition scheduled in Cambodia this weekend in the first such attempt by a Nippon Professional Baseball team, the Pacific League club announced Thursday. The Lions, who have been donating baseball goods from their players and ...

Fighters' Laird in line to play for Mexico during WBC

Dec 7, 2016

Fighters' Laird in line to play for Mexico during WBC

Pacific League home run king Brandon Laird has agreed to play in the upcoming World Baseball Classic for Mexico, where the American infielder has an ancestral link, the Mexican team’s skipper confirmed Tuesday. Laird, this year’s Japan Series MVP for the PL champion Hokkaido ...

MLB's rule change would affect Otani

Dec 7, 2016

MLB's rule change would affect Otani

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Major League Baseball prohibited its teams from paying market value for Japanese superstar Shohei Otani on Tuesday, according to a report in the U.S. media. If the report is true, MLB’s decision could encourage young Japanese stars to sign with big league clubs straight ...

Dec 6, 2016

Outfielder Yoh rejects offer from Buffaloes

Free-agent outfielder Daikan Yoh as turned down the Orix Buffaloes, the Pacific League team’s head of baseball operations said Tuesday. According to Hiroyuki Nagamura, Yoh told the Buffaloes through his agent that he would sign with another team. The Yomiuri Giants and the Rakuten ...

Otani eyes MLB move after next season

Dec 5, 2016

Otani eyes MLB move after next season

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Shohei Otani said Monday he has told club officials of his desire to try his luck in the major leagues from 2018. The 22-year-old, who re-signed with the Fighters in a deal worth ¥270 million ($2.37 million) for the ...

Oh mentor Arakawa dies at 86

Dec 4, 2016

Oh mentor Arakawa dies at 86

Hiroshi Arakawa, the batting coach of baseball legend Sadaharu Oh at the Yomiuri Giants in the 1960s famous for equipping him his flamingo stance, died Sunday of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Tokyo. He was 86. Arakawa joined the Mainichi Orions in 1953 ...