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Shohei Otani expected to sign with MLB team before end of year

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters two-way talent Shohei Otani will sign his first contract with a major league club by the end of the year, a source familiar with the matter told Kyodo News Wednesday. According to the source, the new posting system will take effect upon ratification at the Dec. 1 ...

Hideki Matsui named to 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

/ Nov 21, 2017

Hideki Matsui named to 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

Former New York Yankees slugger Hideki Matsui was among the 33 players on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot that was released Monday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Matsui, who played for the Yankees, the Los Angeles Angels, the Oakland Athletics and ...

Hisashi Iwakuma says Mariners have offered him new deal

/ Nov 20, 2017

Hisashi Iwakuma says Mariners have offered him new deal

Free agent pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma said Monday he has received an offer to rejoin the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners earlier this month declined the 2018 club option on the veteran right-hander, who has been sidelined with shoulder issues since May. Speaking to reporters in Tokyo for ...

Hideki Matsui eager to see how Shohei Otani fares in MLB

/ Nov 20, 2017

Hideki Matsui eager to see how Shohei Otani fares in MLB

Hideki Matsui, special advisor to the New York Yankees' general manager, held a baseball clinic Sunday, where he also shared his thoughts on the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters' Shohei Otani and his potential move to the MLB through the posting system. "As a fan, it's ...

Lions bring back Kazuo Matsui after 15 years

/ Nov 17, 2017

Lions bring back Kazuo Matsui after 15 years

The Seibu Lions confirmed Friday they have acquired former major league player Kazuo Matsui, who started his professional career with the club. The 42-year-old outfielder, who was not offered a new contract by the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, will return to Seibu 15 seasons after ...