Kaneko to stay with Buffaloes

Dec 24, 2014

Kaneko to stay with Buffaloes

Right-hander Chihiro Kaneko, this year’s Pacific League MVP and Sawamura Award winner, is staying with the Orix Buffaloes. Kaneko, being chased by a number of Japanese clubs including the Hanshin Tigers, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, on Wednesday put ...

Tigers prepare bid for Sawamura Award winner Kaneko

Dec 17, 2014

Tigers prepare bid for Sawamura Award winner Kaneko

Hanshin Tigers general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura said Wednesday that the Central League club is ready to spend on free agent right-hander Chihiro Kaneko, but will not break the bank to bring in this year’s Sawamura Award winner. “We’ve put it (an offer) together, and ...

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 ...

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 ...

Nov 29, 2014

Sawamura Award winner Kaneko undergoes elbow surgery

Pacific League MVP and Sawamura Award winner Chihiro Kaneko had bone cartilage cleaned from his right elbow for the second time on Saturday, the Orix Buffaloes said. According to Orix, the 31-year-old Kaneko, who has filed for free agency, will need at least three ...

Kaneko, Sugano claim MVP awards

Nov 26, 2014

Kaneko, Sugano claim MVP awards

by Jason Coskrey

Chihiro Kaneko put up big numbers last season, but was largely out of the spotlight when it was time to give out awards. This time around, the Orix Buffaloes ace was one of the main attractions. Kaneko was named the 2014 Pacific League MVP ...

Nov 25, 2014

Eagles, Tigers want to sign Kaneko

The Tohoku Rakuten Godlen Eagles’ managing director indicated Tuesday that the club would pursue free agent right-hander Chihiro Kaneko, the ace of the Pacific League’s Orix Buffaloes. A day after Kaneko said he was not inclined to ask Orix to post him to the ...

Kaneko set to pass on big-league opportunity

Nov 24, 2014

Kaneko set to pass on big-league opportunity

Orix Buffaloes ace Chihiro Kaneko indicated on Monday he will not push the Pacific League club to make him available to big league clubs through the posting system. The 31-year-old Kaneko, who won the Sawamura Award this year as Japan’s outstanding starting pitcher, also ...

Buffaloes' Kaneko enters free agency

Nov 11, 2014

Buffaloes' Kaneko enters free agency

The Orix Buffaloes’ Sawamura Award-winning right-hander Chihiro Kaneko said he had exercised his domestic free-agency rights on Tuesday. “I made my decision after giving it a lot of thought,” Kaneko said. “I want to explore all my options and I thought this would be ...

Nov 6, 2014

Buffaloes earn NPB-best four Golden Gloves

The Orix Buffaloes, who lost the tightest of pennant races this year to the Pacific League champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, were second to none Thursday, when this year’s Golden Glove Award were announced. The Buffaloes led all 12 Nippon Professional Baseball clubs with four ...