Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Lions want to Catch the Glory in 2019

The Saitama Seibu Lions enter 2019 with different aspirations and a new slogan. "Catch The Glory" will be the team's new motto as manager Hatsuhiko Tsuji unveiled it on Thursday morning.

Their full slogan is "Catch the Glory, 新時代、熱狂しろ (shinjidai, Nekyo shiro) Which is referring to a new generation of players with a fresh amount of enthusiasm for next year.

Last year's slogan had "栄光をつかみ獲れ" Eiko o Tsukami tore which was Grab the Glory on Japanese written on the bottom. In this case, the Lions will be hoping to reload their roster with plenty of younger players needing to step it up. They lost Ginjiro Sumitani and Hideto Asamura to free agency while Yusei Kikuchi will be playing in MLB next year. This is also a contract year for Shogo Akiyama where he will have international FA rights for 2020.

Tsuji and the Lions management know this will be a new age of Lions players in the coming years while the veterans will have their roles diminished or completely gone within the next 2-3 years. Players like Kazuki Kaneko, Haruka Yamada, Nien Ting Wu, Kakeru Yamanobe and Wataru Matsumoto are hoping to fill some roles left out from last year's team.

The 2018 season was the Lions first Pacific League pennant since 2008 and they're hoping to build off of it. Their odds to repeat this accomplishment is unlikely given there is no ace and Asamura has signed with the Rakuten Eagles.

It will be up to the farm and young players to catch the glory if this team is to succeed in 2019. Tsuji mentioned in the unveiling how the next generation of Lions players have the opportunity to move up and take a role for the upcoming season and beyond.


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Gurazeni exploits darker themes, cruel side of NPB

Professional baseball may look easy on the outside because players make lots of money, but Gurazeni's second season shows otherwise. After a solid introduction to the show and concept in Season 1, the writers are able to go in-depth with character development and show what really happens behind the scenes.

Protagonist Natsunosuke Bonda goes through more adventures through the season, though Season 1 cut off right at the Interleague break. Despite the four month break between both seasons, this show is almost in exact sync with the real life 2018 NPB season as Bonda returns from a four-month injury. It picks up right where we left off wondering how the Jingu Spiders do as they make a run for the Central League Pennant.

Season 2 is less about what happens on the baseball field and more related to what happens from the business and player perspective. There is less action with pitching and games played, but the build up towards the end is exactly the Money Pitch everyone has been waiting for. Fittingly, "pitch" has multiple definitions as it's not always about throwing a baseball.

A good thing is the teasers are minor and we learn more about Yuki-chan, who was introduced in the Season 1 finale. We see some interaction and after seeing her in the credits of Season 1, we're understanding her role beyond just being Bonda's love interest.

Overall, the segments involved with Yuki-chan might end up leading to no direction to a diehard anime fanatic, but it makes plenty of sense given how Japan works. It's full of teases.

Other story lines are not just focused on Bonda's payday or what his salary is, but also the tales of those around him. We learn about Roppa Itsuki, a teammate who has been mostly tearing up the minors, but has issues cracking time at the ichi-gun.

We also see recurring characters seen from Season 1, where broadcaster Toku-san's backstory of post-retirement from his playing days has been a transition to being a color commentator. Tohko-San was the team's 4th catcher and ends up facing the challenge of wanting to still play after being cut by the Spiders.

This season does a good job at mixing up the story arcs without being overly obsessed and focused with Bonda himself. Viewers already know the concept of the show and it does a nice job expanding it when introducing other story lines.

As earlier mentioned, this show as in sync with the 2018 NPB season with events nearly happening at the same time. From Thanks Festa, to senryokugai tryouts Japan Series and salary negotiations.

The 24-episode build up goes to the finale, where Bonda sits face-to-face with Spiders executives and agree on a salary for the next year. After being told that Bonda makes only ¥18 million for the season, he aims to get a raise with his play on the field and using a number of factors to build his value. This is when Bonda gives his money-pitch to the team on why he's worth more instead of just taking the offer they present on the table.

Gurazeni avoids the cliche of a player trying to be the best and covers an angle about survival to stay relevant. Not everything is rosy and easy for a baseball player, because not everyone is as rich as Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout, or Hayato Sakamoto. This is about players trying to find relevance and stay productive in their work place, similar to how any shakaijin are at their everyday jobs.

What makes this show great is the slice of life angle where even an average Joe can relate to what Bonda and the others in the baseball business are going through in order to keep their work position. There are plenty of struggles along the way from the business side of NPB and we see that among anyone who isn't a star.

Bonda knows very well how important it is to perform on the big stage, or in this case, the mound. It will setup a possible payday or pay cut later down the line. Whether it's his ERA, innings pitched or number of mound appearances in the season, Bonda knows he has to cling to whatever accomplishments he has in order to get that potential pay raise.

Many stories are told and portrayed in an indirect manner and with Bonda narrating about his past, but it's not predictable and has enough twists and turns to keep it interesting.

Let's hope this show is renewed for another season, but if this one is only going for 24 episodes, it ended on a very strong note to subvert any expectations. This show is built for any diehard baseball fan who follows the concepts of payroll, Moneyball and business. If you're one who follows NPB, this show's themes should enhance your perspective on Pro Yakyu.


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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Lions select Utsumi from Giants as compensation for loss of Sumitani

The Saitama Seibu Lions made their move on Thursday when they selected Tetsuya Utsumi as compensation for Ginjiro Sumitani. By taking the player compensation option, the Lions will also receive ¥44 million in cash.

Utsumi, who will turn 37 in April, has been a long mainstay of the Yomiuri Giants. In his 15 year career, Utsumi has pitched 140 innings in nine of those seasons. Most recently in 2018, he went 5-5 with a 4.17 ERA in 82 innings of work through 15 ichi-gun games.

For his career, he has a total of 133 wins with a 3.21 ERA. He was originally a Jiyu waku draft pick of the Giants in 2003, where teams were able to forego the first round in order to sign a player they really wanted.

By taking an aging veteran, he doesn't come cheap as he'll make ¥100 million in 2019. He is also slated to be a free agent after the 2019 season, but for the Lions, he would require compensation as he's expected to be a Type B free agent based on their payroll among Japanese players.

Utsumi is a short term fix as the Lions have felt the need for left-handed pitching. In 2018 alone, Utsumi becomes the third left-handed pitcher picked up by the Lions from a Central League team, where the first two were Daiki Enokida (via trade) and Ryuya Ogawa (via "trade" of cash considerations).

On paper, Utsumi can help the rotation right away, but being at age 37, he won't have upside or a long career with the Lions. While his role diminished in favor of other pitchers with the Giants, He'll have a full opportunity to win a starting job, as Enokida is the only other LHP from last season penciled in the rotation.

The Lions are also hoping he can serve as an extra mentor to the younger inexperienced pitchers who still need to contribute to the ichi-gun.

We've conducted a poll on Twitter and vote if you're able to. Among Lions fans, it feels like people are expecting Utsumi to only last for one year, then go back to the Giants in free agency. If that happens, we'll be playing this compensation game all over again.


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Friday, December 7, 2018

Gurazeni meets NPB: What is 18 million worth?

Gurazeni is a baseball anime that premiered last spring. You can read our spoiler-free Season 1 review here. A cool trivial fact is how Fukushi Ochiai, the son of legendary Chunichi Dragons player and manager Hiromitsu Ochiai is the voice of the show's protagonist.

For a show that is focused on money, Natsunosuke Bonda, the main protagonist makes only ¥18 million yen in the first season. It's documented how much he wants to make more and make a comfortable living, given that he has a limited time for his playing career.

In reality, it is the cruel side of professional sports for any athlete, how doing well creates a payday while losing can lead to being cut.

Here, we will take a look at the reported salaries of 2018 and see who matched what Bonda made. We'll summarize a brief skinny on each player and see their status for 2019.

As a bonus, we can also compare how closely related each player is to Bonda, as someone striving to stay up at the ichi-gun or not. While not everyone is a left-handed pitching specialist like Bonda, we're looking at the concept of someone hoping to keep their job.

Some guys may be a veteran on his last legs while others could be a prospect making ¥18 million. For the record, Bonda was the last person drafted out of high school and is 26 years old.

We have also rounded up or down if there was a salary that said ¥17.1 or ¥18.9 just to give a little more wiggle room for more players to include in the sample size. To include all 12 teams, a few were rounded down or up even greater.


OF Shota Ishimine (Chiba Lotte Marines)

2018 Salary: ¥18.4 million

2018 Slashline: .283/.389/.326 in 18 ichi-gun games.

Ishimine had a once promising career and was a first round draft pick by the Marines in 2011. Unfortunately, things have fallen out of favor given there is an outfield logjam. A mediocre 2013 and
2014 led him to being benched and is mostly a reserve outfielder.

Relation to Bonda: 25%. Ishimine won't be an ichi-gun regular anytime soon and is just there for depth. Being a first round pick to falling out of favor doesn't compare as easy.

Pay cut or pay raise: Pay cut. His role has diminished since 2015 and hasn't played more than 60 ichi-gun games since 2014. Ishimine's salary was reduced to ¥15.4 million.


P Yuki Saito (Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters)

2018 Salary: ¥18.3 million

2018 Stats: (0-1), 7.27 ERA, 8.2 innings pitched, three ichi-gun games.

Saito is likely the most famous player in Japan not named Ichiro Suzuki. He is forever the 2006 Summer Koshien hero, where he outdueled Masahiro Tanaka in 24 innings, spanning two days in the final. There's a good chance even the non-sports fan in Japan knows this name.

Instead of going straight out of high school like Tanaka, he went to University and became a first round pick, where four teams wanted his rights in 2010. Saito's career has gone backwards since, thanks to injuries and being overworked prior to the Fighters.

His first two years were promising, but hasn't been able to recover from shoulder problems. Early on, he had a complete game on opening day in 2012.

Saito is forever a cash cow who can live off what he did in high school as the Fighters can still rake from this today. He will always a loyal following of fans for being a Koshien legend, but it's unsure when his playing career will end. Either way, he's lined up financially for life because of his high school accomplishments.

Today, Saito is mostly a spot starter who might make an appearance out of the bullpen here and there, though he is the punchline of jokes among the English speaking NPB crowd.

Relation to Bonda: 0%. Saito's high school career is beyond unique and while both guys have their struggles, Bonda can't relate to this story of being a first round bust and high school legend.

Pay cut or pay raise: Pay cut. Saito's salary dropped to ¥15 million for 2019.

OF Yuki Miyazaki (Orix Buffaloes)

2018 Salary: ¥18 million

2018 Slashline: .238/.325/.335. 3 home runs in 84 at-bats. Played in 33 ichi-gun games.

Miyazaki was a third round shakaijin draft pick by Orix back in 2010, but has mostly seen time as a reserve outfielder. At age 32, he doesn't have as much upside and it's likely Orix would prefer going in a younger direction. The most ichi-gun games he has played in a season is 53 back in 2013.

Relation to Bonda: 60%. Miyazaki is still trying to claw his way and stay at the ichi-gun, but he bounces up and down and can't be a regular. Being a veteran who may not last is the only thing that keeps this percentage from being higher.

Pay cut or pay raise: Neither. Orix kept him at status quo of ¥18 million.


C Shuta Takajo (Orix Buffaloes)

2018 Salary: ¥18 million

2018 Slashline: .136/.183/.152 in 28 ichi-gun games with the Yokohama DeNA Baystars

Takajo was traded in the middle of the season from the Baystars to the Buffaloes which saw a swap in catchers. He was the third catcher on the Baystars and had no ichi-gun games with the Buffaloes. He's 25 years old, but Orix likely sees him as just roster depth. Takajo was originally a second round pick by the Baystars out of high school in 2011.

Relation to Bonda: 25%. Takajo is just trying to keep his job and likely won't crack ichi-gun time unless there's an injury. He's a depth catcher at best.

Pay cut or pay raise: Neither. Orix retained his ¥18 million salary for 2019. Once again though, he has a huge uphill battle as a reserve catcher.


IF Hiroyuki Shirasaki (Orix Buffaloes)

2018 Salary: ¥18.5 million

2018 Slashline: .239/.288/.358 in 30 ichi-gun games with Orix

.185/.200/.241 in 34 ichi-gun games with DeNA

Shirasaki was also involved in the trade that saw Takajo go to Orix with him. He was a first round pick by the Baystars out of college in 2012, but never panned out. In 2013. he played 101 games and had an OPS below .600.  A once promising prospect when drafted, it's safe to say he was a bust.

At best, Shirasaki can be a defensive replacement, but earned some starts at the end of the year with Orix's season already over.

Relation to Bonda: 70%. While Shirasaki was a prospect at one point in his career, he's fighting his way for ichi-gun time with Orix. He could be a specialist to come in for defense like how Bonda is designed for left-handed hitters. Only difference is how Shirasaki was a first round pick.

Pay cut or pay raise: Neither. Shirasaki's ichi-gun time at the end of the year prevented any decrease and he will make ¥18.5 million in 2019.

P Shoma Fujihira (Rakuten Eagles)

2018 Salary: ¥18 million

2018 Stats: (4-7), 4.43 ERA, 1 CG, 81.1 IP, 68 K, 14 ichi-gun games

Fujihira was the Eagles first round draft pick in 2016. He got a decent workload for a kid who was taken out of high school and naturally struggled. While looking good in some innings, he would often hang a pitch or two up for a home run and remain vulnerable for a frame.

The Eagles of course see him as a future ace where there is plenty of room for him to grow at 20 years old.

Relation to Bonda: 0%. Fujihira is one of the top pitching prospects for the Eagles as the team sees him as a future ace. He had his ups and downs, but it's all part of the growing process.

Pay cut or pay raise: Neither. Fujihira's average season in his sophomore year of NPB didn't cause change as he'll make ¥18 million in 2019.


C Yuichi Adachi (Rakuten Eagles)

2018 Salary: ¥18 million

2018 Slashline: .111/.158/.111 in 18 AB, 20 ichi-gun games.

Adachi was the third catcher for the Eagles behind Motohiro Shima and Ayatsugu Yamashita. At age 29, he doesn't have the upside that younger catchers on the team have and it's likely he's near the end. Surprisingly, he survived the senryokugai roster cuts as Toru Hosokawa was the casualty removed.

Relation to Bonda: 30%. Adachi is not an ichi-gun regular and is a tier below Bonda on the roster. As the third catcher with plenty of competition behind him, it doesn't look as good.

Pay cut or pay raise: Pay cut. Short time with the ichi-gun reduced his salary to ¥15 million.


OF Fumikazu Kimura (Saitama Seibu Lions)

2018 Salary: ¥18.6 million

2018 Slashline: .260/.330/.413 in 104 AB, 75 ichi-gun games,

Kimura is the top defensive replacement for the Lions when playing in right field. A converted pitcher, the Lions initially drafted in the first round of 2006 before he switched to being a full time position player in 2013. Every once in awhile, he would spell a regular starter if facing a let handed pitcher. He also hit a sayonara HR in 2018.

Relation to Bonda: 75%. Kimura has found a way to survive as a position player after not panning out as a pitcher. Today, he knows what he's supposed to do on defense and that likely defines what he is. A part time position player who can come in as a defensive replacement.

Pay cut or pay raise: Pay Raise. Kimura fulfilled his role on defense and had a decent bat as a spell outfielder to earn ¥23.6 million. He'll never be an everyday starter as Hatsuhiko Tsuji saw it didn't work in 2017, but he has duty and did it well in 2018.


P Akira Niho (Fukuoka Softbank Hawks)

2018 Salary: ¥17 million

2018 Stats: (1-0), 5.34 ERA, 30.1 IP, 17 K, 1 SB in 35 ichi-gun games.

Niho saw ichi-gun action for the first time since 2015 as he came off Tommy John surgery. He played in mostly medium and low leverage outings, but getting work is a good start for him. Niho was originally a second round ikusei pick out of high school for the Hawks in 2008. He could be a middle relief arm and is still useful in his late 20s.

Relation to Bonda: 80%. Niho being an ikusei makes it all but more relate-able to Bonda as someone to had to work his way up. It's likely he gets more middle relief outings in 2019.

Pay cut or pay raise: Pay raise. Getting back to the ichi-gun had his wages go up to ¥20 million.


OF Tomoaki Egawa (Fukuoka Softbank Hawks)

2018 Salary: ¥17 million

2018 Slashline: .600/.600/1.400 in five AB, five ichi-gun games.

Egawa only saw a little bit of ichi-gun time and at age 32, it's likely to stay at a small rate given how many players are in front of him on the depth chart. He has only played more than 50 games in a single season once, back in 2013. As a reserve outfielder, his upside isn't there to do much.

Relation to Bonda: 30%. While Egawa is fighting for playing time, it's likely that other players block him from doing so. He's nothing more than depth behind Yuki Yanagita, Akira Nakamura and more.

Pay cut or pay raise: Pay cut. Playing only five ichi-gun games dropped his salary to ¥14 million.


P Yoshinori Sato (Tokyo Yakult Swallows) 

2018 Salary: ¥18 million

2018 Stats: (1-2), 4.46 ERA, 34.1 IP, 37 K, 7 ichi-gun games

The Swallows are the NPB team Gurazeni is based off of, as the fictional name is Jingu Spiders. However, Sato is far from being Bonda's counterpart in career path.

Sato was a highly touted first round pick for his high school accomplishments back in 2007, where several teams were interested in him. He looked to be a very promising starter in the front end of his career, but several shoulder injuries and problems derailed it.

He had an extended gap of ichi-gun games after the 2011 season and didn't work his way back until 2016. Sato has spent multiple stints as an ikusei as a result, which includes as most recent as the 2018 season. While he has spot started on occasion, the injuries and several surgeries only leave question marks to his career on what could've been.

Sato was recently cut by the team at the end of the year and went through a tryout. He was signed to an ikusei deal by the Rakuten Eagles.

Relation to Bonda: 5%. Like Yuki Saito, Sato had a great high school career and was highly touted. While his comeback from injury was a great story, he has a name brand recognition that Bonda doesn't have. Today, he will be fighting his way to hope for a 70-man roster spot with the Eagles.

Pay cut or Pay raise: Pay cut. Sato made plenty of money in the beginning of his career, but he's going to make less than ¥3.5 million as an ikusei with Rakuten.


IF Yasuhiro Yamamoto (Yomiuri Giants)

2018 Salary: ¥18 million

2018 Slashline: .255/.340/.314 in 102 AB, 38 ichi-gun games

Yamamoto was a 5th round draft pick out of college by the Giants in 2015. He is a reserve and mostly part-time player for his first three years in the league as this year was a career-high in ichi-gun games. In his rookie year of 2016, he started 18 of his 27 games played.

Relation to Bonda: 40%. Yamamoto is hoping to crack more ichi-gun time, but he also has fringe prospect status.

Pay cut or Pay raise: Slight pay raise. The Giants factored in his ichi-gun progression and his stock took a bump to ¥18.5 million as a result.


IF Taketoshi "Gomez" Goto (Yokohama DeNA Baystars)

2018 Salary: ¥18.9 million

2018 Slashline: .000/.000/.000. One strikeout in his lone plate appearance and ichi-gun game for 2018.

Gomez has been a veteran of the league and initially started his career with the Lions back in 2003. With others emerging and while given a starting role in his first year, his playing time diminished and was eventually traded to the Baystars. Gomez never played more than 70 ichi-gun games after he had 101 in his rookie season.

This past year, he had a retirement ceremony and only one at-bat, which resulted in a strikeout last September. He accepted a position to work as the ni-gun hitting coach for the Rakuten Eagles in 2019.

Relation to Bonda: 0%. Gomez came off a retirement season and had a long lengthy career off the bench.

Pay cut or pay raise: Pay cut. Coaches usually make less than players and he will need to work his way up the hierarchy if he wants to continues his career in baseball.


P Junki Ito (Chunichi Dragons)

2018 Salary: ¥17 million

2018 Stats: (2-0), 3.95 ERA, 13.2 IP, 6 K, 11 ichi-gun games

Ito saw a career-high 39 games in 2017 and has mostly seen time out of the bullpen. His role diminished in 2018 and was part of a bullpen that continued to shuffle players in and out. He was originally a second round draft pick out of high school by the Dragons back in 2008.

Relation to Bonda: 85%. In a lot of ways, he is the closest thing to Bonda if we were recapping the 2017 season given his age and being a HS draft pick. Of course he's right handed and not truly a specialist against right-handed hitters like how Bonda is built for lefties. Ito had his ups and downs like Bonda.

Pay cut or pay raise: Pay cut. Ito saw less innings in 2018 and his reported salary dropped to ¥14 million.


P Takaya Toda (Hiroshima Carp)

2018 Salary: ¥18 million

2018 Stats: (0-0), 5.19 ERA, 17.1 IP, 13 K, 7 ichi-gun games

Toda was a frequent reliever for the Carp back in 2014-2015, but switched to being a starter in 2016. He initially came up as a spot starter when Hiroki Kuroda was injured in 2015 and mostly saw long relief innings after that.

An injury accident where he fell in the dormitory resulted in ligament damage and he hasn't recovered since. The Carp have only used him in a soft role out of the bullpen as others jumped him on the depth chart.

At age 25, there is still a chance he can contribute and he's also close to Bonda's age. Toda was originally taken in the third round of the 2011 draft out of high school.

Relation to Bonda: 60%. Toda may have lost his role from a few years ago, but he still has an opportunity to do more.

Pay cut or pay raise: Pay cut. Seven ichi-gun game appearances didn't help his cause. His reported salary for 2019 dropped to ¥16 million.


P Tsuyoshi Ishizaki (Hanshin Tigers)

2018 Salary: ¥18 million

2018 Stats: (0-0), 4.20 ERA, 15 IP, 23 K, 12 ichi-gun games

Ishizaki appeared to have had a breakout year in 2017 when part of a loaded Hanshin Tigers bullpen. A 3/4 arm slot pitcher, he helped contribute in middle relief. The wheels started to fall off in 2018, where the bullpen had others emerge and he struggled in the first half of the year and was eventually sent down for it.

For his 2017 season, he was named to Samurai Japan for the exhibitions before the 2018 season. Recently, he had his right elbow cleaned out in June. He's 28 and could still do damage out of the bullpen, but came off a down season. Ishizaki was originally a second round pick out of college in 2014.

Relation to Bonda: 75%. A reliever who hasn't completely established himself yet? Pretty close to Bonda. He has a larger window to do more despite his age being 28. Ishizaki should be part of a bullpen that hopes to recover next year.

Pay cut or pay raise: Pay cut. Inability to stay at the ichi-gun when healthy dropped his salary to ¥14.4 million.


P Taiki Ono (Hanshin Tigers)

2018 Salary: ¥18 million

2018 Stats: (7-7), 4.77 ERA, 126.1 IP, 96 K, 23 ichi-gun games

Ono was a second round draft pick of the Tigers out of college in 2016. He was able to crack ichi-gun games in his rookie year and was a starter for most of 2018 as well. This past year, he struggled with control and had several walks, leading to a high ERA. At age 24, he is still a work in progress for the Tigers and could develop into a mid-rotation starter.

Relation to Bonda: 20%. Ono completed his second year in NPB and still has time to grow.

Pay cut or Pay raise: Pay raise. Ono staying at the ichi-gun level gave his salary a boost to ¥27 million for 2019. Unlike most of the people on this list, Ono still has upside.


OF Hayata Ito (Hanshin Tigers)

2018 Salary: ¥18 million

2018 Slashline: .247/335/.340, 150 AB, 172 PA, 96 ichi-gun games

Ito was a hyped up first round pick of the Tigers back in 2011 and was thought to be a future outfielder. He had some great accomplishments at the college level back in the Tokyo Big6.

At the professional level, Ito struggled to crack ichi-gun time and showed he lacks defense. In the Yutaka Wada era, he never played more than 63 games. When Tomoaki Kanemoto took over in 2016, he found use for Ito as a pinch hitter in 2017 and that has kept him afloat at the ichi-gun level. With a new era in Tigers history coming up, it's unclear what his role will be in 2019 and beyond, because he doesn't have upside at age 29.

Relation to Bonda: 80%. Ito is still trying to stay relevant at the ichi-gun after being a first round bust like the many already listed here. As someone who comes up in a pinch, Ito can indeed relate to Bonda.

Pay cut or Pay raise: Pay raise. The Tiger gave him a bump in salary to ¥22 million for playing more than half the season.



In total we had five players get a raise, eight get a pay cut while five of them remained status quo with the same salary as 2018. Goto would count as a ninth pay cut given he retired and now serves as a coach.

Seven of these players were former first round draft picks and some had quite the hype. In total, we have seven players who are on the fringe of staying as an ichi-gun player while hoping to fight for more playing time. Others are still prospects who have more upside than what Bonda has.

When it comes to a consensus, there are several players who would be considered journeymen if they were stateside ballplayers. Definitely not great, but good enough to be at the ichi-gun. Kimura, J. Ito and H. Ito fit in this category.

The ¥18 million salary is definitely a fun measuring stick and maybe this exercise could be done in future seasons to determine what it really means.


Bonus: Closest resemblance to Bonda

P Ryuya Ogawa (Seibu Lions) 

2018 Salary: ¥12 million

2018 Stats: (1-0), 1.59 ERA, 15 ichi-gun games.

Ogawa was drafted out of high school initially in the second round by the Dragons back in 2009. At age 27, he easily resembles Bonda the most given his side arm abilities and being left-handed.

Ignoring the fact that he's a pitcher and built for lefties, Ogawa has struggled to find a role prior to coming to the Lions. He played 44 ichi-gun games for the Dragons in 2016, but fell out of favor when Shigekazu Mori went with younger pitchers in the bullpen. Ogawa was traded to the Lions in the middle of the 2018 season for cash considerations.

With the Lions, he was eased in through ni-gun and later saw action in middle relief against left-handed hitters. Manager Hatsuhiko Tsuji gave him an extended look at put Ogawa in early as a swingman to take up one batter or two, but mostly saw time against lefties.

For a player who is trying to survive like Bonda, there's no question he has the closest resemblance among current NPB players. The Lions bullpen next season will hope he can take middle relief innings and be part of a group that can provide stability if they have the lead.

Pay cut or pay raise: Pay raise. His salary went up to ¥17 million for his role last season.


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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Seibu Lions compensation options for Sumitani

The Saitama Seibu Lions have two compensation choices this offseason. Their first decision will come regarding the loss of Hideto Asamura to the Rakuten Eagles. The second is Ginjiro Sumitani signing with the Yomiuri Giants.

Last year, the Lions took Hayato Takagi when they lost Ryoma Nogami in free agency to the Giants. At the time, it was a pleasant surprise he was available.

Here are the two financial options the Lions could take as Sumitani made ¥110 last season to be a Type B Free Agent. :

-Cash option of ¥66 million


-Unprotected player and ¥44 million in cash.

Once again, there is a 28-man protected list that the Giants will send the Lions. A writer projected this list with possibilities of who is open, but didn't make any suggestions for the Lions. We'll try to translate the words as best as we can, but will show who is protected.


Pitchers (14): 

Tomoyuki Sugano
Ryosuke Miyaguni
Nobutaka Imamura
Hosei Takata
Kazuto Taguchi
Seiji Tahara
Tetsuya Utsumi
Hirokazu Sawamura
Shun Yamaguchi
Seishu Hatake
Toshiki Sakurai
Ryoma Nogami
Takuya Kuwahara
Ryusei Oe

Pitchers available:

Masahiko Morifuku
Tappei Tanioka
Mitsuo Yoshikawa
Kota Nakagawa
Shun Ikeda
Kyosuke Takagi
Kan Otake
Chiaki Tone

Translation: The Lions won the Pacific League Pennant  with offense, but the pitching faltered with a league-worst 4.24 ERA. With Yusei Kikuchi leaving for MLB, we're expecting more protection and need for a pitcher. Yamaguchi, Sugano, Utsumi and Sawamura are easy locks. Takata did well in ni-gun, while Hatake and Taguchi are expected to do better in 2019.

Nogami will be protected as he is reunited with his former battery mate in Sumitani. Among the veterans, Yoshikawa, Otake and Morifuku become expendable.

Reaction: A mixture of prospects and mainstays are protected as expected. There could be short term relief help with aging veterans, but Otake and Morifuku aren't young while Yoshikawa is a one-year wonder. Tone could be an interesting option granted he didn't play an ichi-gun game in 2018. Tanioka is a young option if the Lions wanted a prospect to develop.


Catchers (3):

Seiji Kobayashi
Takumi Oshiro
Yukinori Kishida

Catchers available: 

Takaya Tanaka
Shingo Usami

Translation: Although the depth got thinner with Sumitani going to the Giants, Seibu has Tomoya Mori and Masatoshi Okada with several young players in the farm they just drafted. The odds of taking a catcher here would be very low.

Kobayashi has been a Giants starter while Oshiro appeared in 83 ichi-gun games. Kishida was  a second round pick in 2017, so it's unlikely the team would expose him. Usami fell out of favor and saw his playing time diminish, making it easy for him to be unprotected.

Reaction: Pretty chalk list and given Oshiro/Kishida were both drafted in 2017, it's likely this is 100% accurate to what will happen. It's not like the Lions would force the issue here.


Infielders (5): 

Naoki Yoshikawa
Hayato Sakamoto
Kazuma Okamoto
Shunta Tanaka
Takumi Kitamura

Infielders available:

Shinnosuke Abe
Daiki Masuda
Akihiro Wakabayashi
Dai Yuasa
Yasuhiro Yamamoto

Translation: Seibu has lost Hideto Asamura, which creates a void at second base. Hotaka Yamakawa and Sosuke Genda are already mainstays on the infield while Takeya "Okawari-kun" Nakamura and Shuta Tonosaki are at third base. Tonosaki could take over at second base, but he hasn't shown he can be a regular on the infield compared to when he was in right field.

The probability of the Lions taking an infielder would be very low. Meanwhile, Giants have also struggled at finding a second baseman with nine different players in that position last year. N. Yoshikawa, Tanaka and Kitamura could be the heir for the infield with the latter being decent on the farm.

Abe is a legend and future hall of famer, but with the Lions not needing a catcher, first baseman or DH, it's easier to unprotect him as he likely won't be claimed.

Reaction: Given how young Dai Yuasa is (born in 2000), he wouldn't be a bad intriguing name to develop if the Lions trust their coaches. No shockers here if the Giants protect and expose these players either.


Outfielders (6)

Daikan Yoh
Hisayoshi Chono
Seiya Matsubara
Shinnosuke Shigenobu
Shingo Ishikawa
Ren Wada

Outfielders available:

Kaito Murakami
Yoshiyuki Kamei
Soichiro Tateoka

Translation: Seibu's outfield has Shogo Akiyama, Yuji Kaneko, Shuta Tonosaki (utility), Takumi Kuriyama, Fumikazu Kimura and Shogo Saito, which is already well-established. On paper, they'd like to call up younger players to take over in the long run.

Ishikawa and Wada were big on the farm for the Giants while Shigenobu hit .281 at the ichi-gun. Chono and Yoh are regular starters. Matsubara was praised by (manager Tatsunori Hara) as he was promoted from the ikusei in the middle of 2018. Kamei was a regular, but it's possible the Giants unprotect him due to his age.

Reaction: It would be shocking if the Giants unprotected Kamei, but it would be the right call given what the Lions don't need. Murakami was a 7th round draft pick in 2017 and is the only one with upside assuming that's all available among this position.



The Lions can go with a pitching prospect or get a short term fix among the pitchers listed. Options will be very thin, but if they like a young player they think they can develop, it's more interesting than just taking the money and running away with it.


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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Asamura compensation: What could the Lions take from Rakuten?

With Hideto Asamura signing with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in free agency, there is one decision that will need to be made. What happens for the Saitama Seibu Lions compensation from losing him?

There are currently two options for the Lions with compensation: Take the money or take less money and a player coming back.

Asamura made ¥210 million last year, putting him slightly out of the top 3 in payroll and making him a Type B free agent. The Lions could take the money and run, which amounts to ¥126 million, or take an unprotected player and ¥84 million.

Rakuten will submit a list of 28 players who cannot be selected, foreigners not needed on it and are already protected. While we can all speculate, this list will never be public as only the office's of both teams will know exactly who can't be taken. This blog made an estimation on who will be protected and we'll translate it:

*Means all but guaranteed


Takahiro Norimoto*
Takayuki Kishi*
Yuki Matsui*
Minabu Mima*
Koji Aoyama *
Yuhei Takanashi*
Wataru Karashima*
Hiroyuki Fukuyama*
Takahiro Shiomi
Hiroki Kondo
Yudai Mori
Kohei Morihara
Shoma Fujihira
Tomohiro Anraku
Takahide Ikeda
Yuri Furukawa

Pitchers Available:

Kodai Hayama
Ryota Ishibashi
Yoshinao Kamata
Ryuta Konno
Yuya Kubo
Naoto Nishiguchi
Yusuke Nishimiya
Fumiya Ono
Shu Sugahara
Kenji Tomura
Yuki Watanabe

Reaction: Interesting decisions on a few pitchers, but majority of this is clear cut  on who remains protected. I would star Fujihira and Kondo given they were first round draft picks b the team as well. Mostly fringey pitchers who might not look valuable from the outside.



Motohiro Shima*
Atatsugu Yamashita*

Catchers Available: 

Kengo Horiuchi
Tsuyoshi Ishihara
Yuichi Adachi

Reaction: The Lions don't need a catcher given they drafted several in recent years and have faith in Tomoya Mori. Shima is protected out of courtesy, but I'm sure the Lions wouldn't take him anyway if he was available.


Eigoro Mogi*
"Ginji" Akaminai*
Yasuhito Uchida*
Toshiaki Imae*
Takumi Miyoshi
Kenji Nishimaki

Infielders Available:

Kazuya Fujita
Itsuki Murabayashi
Tsuyoshi Yamasaki
Naoto Watanabe

Reaction: Would be an interesting call to leave Fujita available given they just signed Asamura. However, Fujita would also be expensive for Lions standards at ¥66 million for 2019. Both inielders available are very young, could be intriguing if they like something.



Masaki Iwami
Hiroaki Shimauchi*
Kazuki Tanaka*
Louis Okoye*

Outfielders Available:

Takero Okajima
Hirohito Shimai
Takumaru Yaoita
Akito Tanaka

Reaction: This is a pretty chalk list. However, it is interesting if Okajima fell out of favor with the Eagles to leave him exposed. He was once an all-star for the team in 2016.



The Lions likely want a pitcher who can help them right away. Unfortunately, there are no realistic options that would help the team in 2019 based on this list. However, there are plenty of relatively young pitchers under the age of 24 who could develop into something if the Lions go that route. Konno, Y. Watanabe, Nishiguchi and Ono could easily be worth a cheap flyer if the want.

Murabayashi and Yamasaki haven't been in NPB long enough to get a read on them among the position players. It's possible they could take a long term look at someone given a few guys like Shogo Akiyama and Takeya "Okawari-kun" Nakamura won't be with the team forever.

The only veteran who could help right away is Okajima, but is he a shell of his former self? Two years ago, the Lions took the money and ran when losing Takayuki Kishi which gave them ¥180 million in return. The options back then were extremely thin.

This time, the Lions can go with someone who has upside for the long term, but any selection can feel like a shot in the dark. While I personally don't have a priority on the Eagles roster, a flyer on a young pitcher listed above is what I would prefer given what's available. Taking the money and running is the safe and boring route, but if they're not confident, I wouldn't be surprised.


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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Report: Lions reach agreement with Liao

The Saitama Seibu Lions announced they made a move, signing Taiwanese pitcher Jen-Lei Liao on Wednesday. He becomes the first domestic free agent signing since 2016.

"The most attractive things about him [are] his velocity, not counting as a foreigner and our team also having coaches and athletes from Taiwan, so he can quickly adjust to the environment," Senior Director Hisanobu "Nabe-Q" Watanabe said.

Liao, 25, was a 7th round draft pick of the Yomiuri Giants in the 2016 NPB Draft. He never played an ichi-gun game with the Giants and recorded a 2.79 ERA with 19 strikeouts, 12 walks in 19.1 innings of work down in ni-gun for 2018. He was part of the Giants senryokugai list after the 2018 season.

From 2014-2015, he was in the rookie Gulf Coast League with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, combining for a 4.54 ERA in 35.2 innings of work for two seasons. Liao was released after the 2015 season. He also had decent success at the 2015 Asian Baseball Championship.

As Nabe-Q indicated, Liao does not count as a foreigner on the 28-man roster because he went to high school in Okayama prefecture. He also went to the same high school as Lions teammate Nien Ting Wu, as they will be reunited. Unlike Wu, Liao attended a university in Taiwan.

At  201 cm, 125 kg, (6-9, 275.5 lbs) Liao was the largest player drafted in 2016, slightly ahead of Shunta Nakatsuka. He is a hard thrower who can max at 156 kph (96 mph), but lacks control.

Nabe-Q and the Lions front office are banking on the coaching staff, who have experience with Taiwan as ni-gun pitchign caoches Ming-Chieh Hsu and Kento Sugiyama were both in the CPBL with the former being from there. The Lions also have Chun-Lin Kuo, who has been with the organization since 2015.

Liao will compete for a spot in the bullpen, a position that was unstable last year after Tatsushi Masuda lost the closer role. There will be a mix of Nakatsuka, Kyle Martin, Shogo Noda and more hoping to take the middle relief innings. If Hsu and Sugiyama can coach up Liao, the best case scenario for him is to be a setup man.


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Friday, November 23, 2018

Report: Sumitani will sign with Giants

The dominoes began to fall for the Saitama Seibu Lions for the second time this week with another move in free agency. Ginjiro Sumitani informed his decision with another team on Friday and it was reported that it will be the Yomiuri Giants.

Sumitani, 31, was a starting catcher for the Lions since 2011 as well as the 2009 season. In 2018, the Lions phased away from him as the third catcher while Masatoshi Okada and Tomoya Mori played more games behind the plate. Sumitani's new contract with the Giants is three years with an estimated ¥600 million.

In 2018, Sumitani had a career-low 47 ichi-gun games and hit a slashline of .248/.265/.310. Earlier this week, the Lions lost 2B Hideto Asamura to the Rakuten Eagles.

Sumitani is a type B free agent, which will require compensation for the Lions in cash or cash and a player. The Lions will choose between ¥66 million, or ¥44 million and an unprotected player not on the 28-man protected list. Last year, the Lions selected Hayato Takagi when they lose Ryoma Nogami in free agency.


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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Report: Seibu Lions reach agreement with Zach Neal

The Saitama Seibu Lions made a free agent signing on Wednesday when they announced they signed RHP Zach Neal. He will make about ¥71.5 million in 2019.

Neal, 30, has been in the minor leagues for majority of his baseball career. Most recently, he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in 2018 as well as a brief stint with the Cincinnati Reds organization. With the OKC Dodgers AAA affiliate, he went 3-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 61.1 innings of work. He appeared in one September outing for 2018.

From 2013-2017, he was with the Oakland A's organization and made a total of 30 appearances at the major league level with them.

He has racked more than 1,000 innings of minor league baseball in his career and was originally a 17th round draft pick of the Florida Marlins in 2010 and went to the University of Oklahoma.

Neal will compete for a rotation spot as Hisanobu "Nabe-Q" Watanabe liked his control, thinking he can help the pitching staff right away. With plenty of uncertainty with the Lions rotation in 2019, he will get his shot to play at the ichi-gun level.


Other news:

-The Lions reached an agreement with Fabio Castillo and Chun-Lin Kuo to bring them back for 2019. Castillo will also compete for a rotation spot with Kuo and the aforementioned Neal. 

-Seiji Kawagoe will switch from jersey number 26 to 72 and be an outfielder. Kona Takahashi will wear No. 13, last worn by Fumiya Nishiguchi. 


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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Report: Asamura to sign with Rakuten Eagles

Hideto Asamura will pick the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles as his team for the 2019 season and beyond, as it was reported this week. By signing with the Eagles, Asamura becomes the third straight Seibu Lions free agent in as many years to join them, the previous being Takayuki Kishi and Naoto Watanabe.

Asamura, who turned 28 this month, was one of two highly touted free agents among position players in NPB. He had a career 2018 season with a slashline of .310/.383/.510 with a career-high 32 home runs. Other teams who were interested included the Orix Buffaloes and Fukuoka Softbank Hawks

The Eagles contract offer was reported to be four years, ¥2 billion. Seibu initially offered there years for ¥1.5 billion, but eventually matched the Eagles offer. Asamura is not taking the highest financial deal on the table, as the Softbank Hawks reportedly offered four years, ¥2.8 billion. 

Asamura contacted the Lions directly and told them he wants to sign with another team. Hisanobu "Nabe-Q" Watanabe apologized to fans in a statement for not being able to retain him.

As a result of this decision, Asamura is a type B free agent, meaning the Lions will get the option to take a cash option of about ¥97.5 million, or cash of ¥75 million and an unprotected player after Rakuten protects 28 of them from being taken. 


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Saturday, November 17, 2018

2019 Seibu Lions salary list

With the offseason being here, it is the time of salary negotiations. This is where we find out who proved their worth and who gets a pay decrease/increase after reviewing their performance in the 2018 NPB season.

We will update this list as more reported salaries come in. This will be an ongoing piece to bookmark.

^ - Raise

|v| - Paycut

= - Same wages

N = New player



Deunte Heath: ¥93.5 million, ^ by ¥74.5 million (4-1), 2.50 ERA, 39.2 IP, 53 K, 13 SV, 9 HLD, 42 ichi-gun games

Kyle Martin: ¥77 million, ^ by ¥44 million (2-1), 2.08 ERA, 21.2 IP, 26 K, 1 SB, 10 HLD, 22 ichi-gun games

Ichiro Tamura: ¥7 million, [v] by ¥500K (0-0), 3.60 ERA, 5 IP, 4 ichi-gun games

Keisuke Honda: ¥6.5 million, [v] by ¥500K (0-0), 23.14 ERA, 2.1 IP, 1 ichi-gun game

Tsubasa Kokuba: ¥5.4 million, [v] by ¥100K (2-1), 5.88 ERA, 52 IP, 22 ni-gun games

Kaima Taira: ¥6 million = (0-0), 5.40 ERA, 16.2 IP, 10 ni-gun games

'Yasuo Sano: ¥13 million [v] by ¥2 million (0-1), 8.38 ERA, 9.2 IP, 3 K, 5 ichi-gun games

Tadasuke Minamikawa: ¥7.7 million [v] by ¥900K (0-0), 15.43 ERA, 4.2 IP, 6 K, 4 ichi-gun games

Kona Takahashi: ¥18.5 million [v] by ¥3 million (2-1), 4.50 ERA, 20 IP, 15 K, 3 ichi-gun games

Shunta Nakatsuka: ¥9.3 million [v] by ¥2.7 million (0-0), 18.00 ERA, 2 IP, 4 K, 2 ichi-gun games

Koki Fujita: ¥5 million = (1-0), 4.15 ERA, 8.2 IP, 7 K, 13 ni-gun games

Chun-Lin Kuo: ¥12 million [v] by ¥8 million (1-0), 6.32 ERA, 15.2 IP, 10 K, 3 ichi-gun games

Shinsaburo Tawata: ¥80 million ^ by ¥54 million (16-5), 3.81 ERA, 172.2 IP, 102 K, 26 ichi-gun games

Shota Takekuma: ¥63.5 million [v] by ¥6.5 million (1-2), 6.37 ERA, 29.2 IP, 22 K, 35 ichi-gun games

Ken Togame: ¥51 million [v] by ¥9 million (5-8), 4.42, 124.1 IP, 82 K, 22 ichi-gun games

Hirotaka Koishi: ¥13.3 million ^ by ¥1 million (1-0), 4.10 ERA, 26.1 IP, 10 K, 22 ichi-gun games

Tatsuya Oishi: ¥11.7 million [v] by ¥1.3 million (1-0), 7.00 ERA, 9 IP, 7 K, 10 ichi-gun games

Sho Ito: ¥8.2 million ^ by ¥2.2 million (3-0), 2.73 ERA, 26.1 IP, 13 K, 16 ichi-gun games

Naoaki Matsumoto: ¥8 million ^ by ¥3 million (0-0), 6.75 ERA, 24 IP, 16 K, 24 ichi-gun games

Makoto Aiuchi: ¥6.4 million ^ by ¥900K (0-1), 3.45 ERA, 15.2 IP, 12 K, 10 ichi-gun games

Daiki Enokida: ¥55 million ^ by ¥28 million (11-4), 3.32 ERA, 132.2 IP, 98 K, 23 ichi-gun games

Shogo Noda: ¥30 million ^ by ¥13 million (1-1), 3.51 ERA, 41 IP, 40 K, 58 ichi-gun games

Tatsuya Imai: ¥18 million ^ by ¥5 million (5-5), 4.81 ERA, 78.2 IP, 65 K, 15 ichi-gun games

Ryuya Ogawa: ¥17 million ^ by ¥5 million (1-0), 1.59 ERA, 11.1 IP, 7 K, 15 ichi-gun games

Tatsushi Masuda: ¥100 million [v] by (2-4), 5.17 ERA, 38.1 IP, 23 K, 41 ichi-gun games (Lost Closer role)

Katsunori Hirai: ¥35 million ^ by ¥20 million (3-1), 3.40 ERA, 53 IP, 54 K, 64 ichi-gun games

Fabio Castillo: ¥33 million [v] by ¥69.4 million (7-4), 4.48 ERA, 74.1 IP, 51 K, 20 ichi-gun games

Hiromasa Saito: ¥16 million ^ by ¥1 million (1-3), 7.02 ERA, 16.2 IP, 10 K, 16 ichi-gun games

Hayato Takagi: ¥30.3 million [v] by ¥4.6 million (1-2), 8.69 ERA, 19.2 IP, 10 K, 8 ichi-gun games



Hitoto Komazuki: ¥5.1 million = .241/.289/.398, 3 HR, 50 ni-gun games

Tomoya Mori: ¥80 million ^ by ¥40 million .275/.366/.457, 16 HR, 136 ichi-gun games

Shota Nakata: ¥5.7 million [v] by ¥100K .150/.197/.178, 0 HR, 68 ni-gun games

Masatoshi Okada: ¥28.7 million ^ by ¥5.1 million .272/.327/.402, 3 HR, 52 ichi-gun games



Ernesto Mejia: ¥500 million = (Final year of a three-year contract) .212/.282/.373, 9 HR, 82 ichi-gun games

Haruka Yamada: ¥6.5 million ^ by ¥1 million .059/.158/.235, 1 HR, 14 ichi-gun games

Manaya Nishikawa: ¥7 million = .226/.273/269, 0 HR, 79 ni-gun games

Takeya "Okawari-kun" Nakamura: ¥2.8 million = .265/.329/.546, 28 HR, 97 ichi-gun games (Exercised international FA rights, verbally elected to stay) 

Sosuke Genda: ¥80 million ^ by ¥39 million .278/.333/.374, 4 HR, 143 ichi-gun games

Shuta Tonosaki: ¥70 million ^ by ¥43 million .287/.357/.472, 18 HR, 119 ichi-gun games

Kyohei Nagae: ¥10.4 million [v] by ¥1.6 million .000/.000/.000, 0 HR, 4 ichi-gun games

Daichi Mizuguchi: ¥7.7 million [v] by ¥800K .000/.000/.000, 0 HR, 10 ichi-gun games

Hotaka Yamakawa: ¥110 million ^ by ¥77.6 million .281/.396/.590, 47 HR, 143 ichi-gun games



Shogo Akiyama: ¥234.9 million ^ by ¥14.9 million (Final year of three-year contract) .323/.403/.534, 24 HR, 143 ichi-gun games

Shohei Suzuki: ¥6 million = .224/.285/.280, 1 HR, 115 ni-gun games

"Aito" Takeda: ¥6.2 million [v] by ¥300K .000/.000/.000 in 3 AB, 2 ichi-gun games

Daisuke Togawa: ¥5 million = .219/.276/.313, 7 HR, 117 ni-gun games

Wataru Takagi: ¥5 million, ^ by ¥2 million .278/.348/.448, 6 HR, 75 ni-gun games. (Promoted to 70-man roster from ikusei)

Seiji Kawagoe: ¥7.6 million [v] by ¥2 million (1-2), 9.82 ERA, 22 IP, 12 K, 23 ni-gun games (converting to outfield)

Ryusei Tsunashima: ¥5 million = .238/.287/.317, 0 HRs, 56 ni-gun games

Takumi Kuriyama: ¥137 miillion ^ by ¥7 million .256/.366/.400, 8 HRs, 114 ichi-gun games

Yuji Kaneko: ¥57 million ^ by ¥7 million .223/.303/.274, 1 HR, 32 SB, 111 ichi-gun games

Fumikazu Kimura: ¥23.6 million ^ by ¥5 million .260/.330/.413, 3 HR, 75 ichi-gun games

Shogo Saito: ¥15 million ^ by ¥3 million .241/.330/.333, 1 HR, 59 ichi-gun games

Masato Kumashiro: ¥10 million = .000/.000/.000, 0 HR, 25 ichi-gun games



Masato Saito: ¥3 million = .205/.283/.277, 1 HR, 50 ni-gun games


Draft picks: 

Wataru Matsumoto: ¥15 million (¥100 million signing bonus + ¥50 million incentives) - First round pick

Yutaro Watanabe: ¥6.5 million (¥70 million signing bonus) - Second round pick

Kakeru Yamanobe: ¥12 million (¥60 million signing bonus) - Third round pick

Kaito Awatsu: ¥10 million (¥40 million signing bonus) - Fourth round pick

Shoya Makino: ¥6 million (¥25 million signing bonus) - Fifth round pick

Ryosuke Moriwaki: ¥10 million (¥30 million signing bonus) - Sixth round pick

Ryusei Sato: ¥6 million (¥20 million signing bonus) - Seventh round pick

Aoi Tono: ¥3 million (¥3.5 million signing bonus) - First Ikusei pick

Jiyu Okubo: ¥2.8 million (¥3.5 million signing bonus) - Second Ikusei pick

Daichi Nakaguma: ¥3 million (¥3.5 million signing bonus) - Third ikusei pick


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