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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 Nippon Ham Fighters, will suit up ...

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, Yang 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 ...

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. ...