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  • • John Gant To Sign With NPB’s Nippon-Ham Fighters
    Right-hander John Gant has signed with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball, as first reported by Daily Sports in Japan. The team has not yet formally announced the agreement, but sources confirmed the deal to MLBTR. It’s a one-year contract. Gant, 29, elected free agency early in the offseason after the Twins passed…...2021
  • • NPB’s Nippon-Ham Fighters Sign Arismendy Alcantara
    Former Cubs, A’s and Reds infielder Arismendy Alcantara has signed with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Nippon Professional Baseball, per a team announcement (via Yahoo Japan). It’ll be the first stint in Japan for the one-time top prospect. Heading into the 2014 season, Alcantara ranked among the sport’s top 100 prospects at Baseball America, MLB.com…...2021
  • • Pirates Release Cody Ponce To Pursue NPB Opportunity
    The Pirates have released right-hander Cody Ponce, according to the team’s transactions log at MLB.com. The right-hander is pursuing an opportunity in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, reports Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Reports out of Japan have suggested he’ll be signing with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. Ponce has appeared in the majors in each of...2021
  • • Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Sign Renato Nunez
    The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have signed free agent infielder Renato Nunez, according to multiple reports out of Japan (including Yahoo Japan).  Nunez’s one-year contract will pay him 180 million yen plus incentives, which works out to roughly $1.6MM in U.S. dollars. Nunez heads to Nippon Professional Baseball after six years in the majors, highlighted by…...2021
  • Masahiro Tanaka loses in return to Japanese baseball
    • Masahiro Tanaka loses in return to Japanese baseball
    Masahiro Tanaka allowed Sho Nakata’s two-run homer in the first inning of the pitcher’s return to Japanese baseball, a 4-1 loss for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters at the Tokyo Dome on Saturday. The 32-year-old right-hander signed with the Pacific League club in January after completing a $155 million,......2021
  • Tanaka loses in return to Japanese baseball
    • Tanaka loses in return to Japanese baseball
    Masahiro Tanaka allowed Sho Nakata's two-run homer in the first inning of the pitcher's return to Japanese baseball, a 4-1 loss for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters at the Tokyo Dome on Saturday....2021
  • • Latest On Haruki Nishikawa
    In early December, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters made center fielder Haruki Nishikawa available to major league teams via the posting system. That opened a 30-day window for MLB clubs to work out an agreement with Nishikawa; otherwise, the 28-year-old would return to the Fighters for at least another season. Today marks the final day of Nishikawa’s…...2021
  • • Rangers To Sign Kohei Arihara
    The Rangers are in agreement with right-hander Kohei Arihara, reports Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (Twitter link). It’s a two-year contract in the $6-7MM range, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com (via Twitter). Arihara, 28, has spent the past six seasons with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball. In 836 career innings at Japan’s highest…...2020
  • • Rangers Designate Art Warren For Assignment
    The Texas Rangers announced the signing of Kohei Arihara today, inking the right-hander to a two-year, $6.2MM contract after paying a $1.24MM posting fee to Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. In a corresponding move, the Rangers have designated right-hander Art Warren for assignment, notes Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (via Twitter). Warren, 27, was…...2020
  • • Nippon-Ham Fighters To Post Kohei Arihara
    Japan’s Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters will post right-hander Kohei Arihara this offseason, as Jon Morosi of MLB.com tweets and as Nikkan Sports previously reported. The 28-year-old Arihara has garnered extensive experience in the NPB, where he has logged a 3.74 ERA with 6.7 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 in 836 innings. At his best, Arihara put up…...2020

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Hokkaido Nippon injury and suspension

  • • Shohei Ohtani sprains ankle in Angels’ loss
    Shohei Ohtani would hit another home run for the Los Angeles Angeles last night, but the fun would end there. Not only would the Angels lose 4-3 in extras to the Yankees, Ohtani would limp off the field during the fifth inning while running out a groundball. While running it out, he would awkwardly sidestep Neil Walker and ultimately end up spraining his ankle.Per Avery Yang of MLB.com, manager Mi...2018
  • • Yu Darvish to have Tommy John surgery, miss season
    The Texas Rangers were dealt a serious blow on Friday as it was announced that starting pitcher Yu Darvish would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the 2015 season. Darvish and the team sought several opinions before deciding the 28-year-old should have surgery, but with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, this was always going to be the outcome. Texas is trying to b...2015

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Hokkaido Nippon trade, contract, salary rumors

  • • John Gant To Sign With NPB’s Nippon-Ham Fighters
    Right-hander John Gant has signed with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball, as first reported by Daily Sports in Japan. The team has not yet formally announced the agreement, but sources confirmed the deal to MLBTR. It’s a one-year contract. Gant, 29, elected free agency early in the offseason after the Twins passed…...2021
  • • Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Sign Renato Nunez
    The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have signed free agent infielder Renato Nunez, according to multiple reports out of Japan (including Yahoo Japan).  Nunez’s one-year contract will pay him 180 million yen plus incentives, which works out to roughly $1.6MM in U.S. dollars. Nunez heads to Nippon Professional Baseball after six years in the majors, highlighted by…...2021
  • • Rangers To Sign Kohei Arihara
    The Rangers are in agreement with right-hander Kohei Arihara, reports Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (Twitter link). It’s a two-year contract in the $6-7MM range, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com (via Twitter). Arihara, 28, has spent the past six seasons with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball. In 836 career innings at Japan’s highest…...2020
  • • Rangers Designate Art Warren For Assignment
    The Texas Rangers announced the signing of Kohei Arihara today, inking the right-hander to a two-year, $6.2MM contract after paying a $1.24MM posting fee to Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. In a corresponding move, the Rangers have designated right-hander Art Warren for assignment, notes Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (via Twitter). Warren, 27, was…...2020
  • • Nippon-Ham Fighters Re-Sign Drew VerHagen
    The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have re-signed right-hander Drew VerHagen to a new contract, the team announced earlier this week.  The 30-year-old will return to Japan for a second season after a successful 2020 campaign. A veteran of six MLB seasons, VerHagen posted a 5.11 ERA, 2.08 K/BB rate, 53.9% grounder rate, and 7.1 K/9 over…...2020
  • • Rangers, Michael Tonkin Agree To Minor League Deal
    The Rangers have agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Michael Tonkin, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News. The former Twins righty spent the 2018 season pitching for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan. He’s represented by Wasserman. Tonkin, 29, posted a 3.71 ERA and saved a dozen games in 51…...2019
  • • Minor MLB Transactions: 12/15/18
    A look at the latest minor moves from around baseball… The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball announced that they have acquired outfielder Wang Po-jung from the Lamigo Monkeys of the Chinese Professional Baseball League, per the Japan Times. The Fighters reached a three-year agreement worth around $3.54MM with Wang, who looked…...2018
  • • Nick Martinez To Sign With Japan’s Nippon Ham Fighters
    Right-hander Nick Martinez has agreed to a $1.8MM deal with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag (Twitter link). Martinez revealed that he turned down multiple major league offers before heading to Japan, per Sponichi (h/t: Kazuto Yamazaki of Beyond the Box Score, on Twitter). The 27-year-old Martinez had…...2018
  • • Oswaldo Arcia To Sign With Japan’s Nippon Ham Fighters
    Free agent outfielder Oswaldo Arcia has agreed to a deal with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan, FanRag’s Jon Heyman tweets (citing Arcia’s agent, Martin Arburua). The former top prospect will take home a $1.7MM salary plus up to $300K worth of incentives on a one-year deal that contains a mutual option for the…...2017
  • • Orioles have interesting reason for not pursuing Ohtani
    The Baltimore Orioles were one of the few teams that did not attempt to sign Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, and their decision apparently had nothing to do with scouting reports.Ohtani, who has the capability to be both a regular pitcher and hitter, was courted by several MLB teams as an international free agent. Due to his low price tag because of his age, nearly every club pursued him. Reports sai...2017

Top Hokkaido Nippon news

  • • Shohei 7: Latest buzz on two-way star Ohtani
    As the Hot Stove heats up, all eyes are on Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani. His Nippon Professional Baseball team, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, posted him on Friday, and Ohtani has until Dec. 22 to sign with a Major League team....2017
  • • Shohei Ohtani Rumors: Saturday
    The latest on game-changing Japanese ace/slugger Shohei Ohtani, whom the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters posted on Friday and who’s at the beginning of a three-week window to work out an agreement with a major league team: The Ohtani sweepstakes is seemingly on the verge of picking up in earnest, as Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports…...2017
  • • Shohei Ohtani Rumors: Friday
    Japan’s Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters are expected to formally post ace/slugger Shohei Ohtani today once a new posting system between Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association and Nippon Professional Baseball has been formally ratified by Major League owners. The proposed system reportedly calls for a 21-day negotiation period for Ohtani this offseason, so within…...2017
  • • Nippon-Ham Fighters Planning To Post Shohei Otani After 2017 Season
    The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters are planning to post two-way superstar Shohei Otani after the 2017 season, according to a report from Sponichi (Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has follow-up tweets).  Should the team follow through next winter, Otani would immediately become one of the most sought-after members of the 2017-18 free agent class. Since the…...2016
  • • Twins To Sell Michael Tonkin’s Contract To Japan’s Nippon Ham Fighters
    The Twins have sold the contractual rights of right-handed reliever Michael Tonkin to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (Twitter links). The move will benefit both sides, as it clears a 40-man roster spot for the Twins and gives Tonkin the…...2017
  • • Nick Martinez To Sign With Japan’s Nippon Ham Fighters
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  • • Ohtani open to adapting skill set for MLB team
    International superstar Shohei Ohtani has been a force both on the mound and at the plate in five seasons with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Japan Pacific League....2017
  • • 5 possible MLB landing spots for Ohtani
    Shohei Ohtani will ask the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters to post him to Major League Baseball teams this offseason, according to Japanese media reports. The Fighters are expected to accede to those wishes....2017
  • • International Notes: Otani, KBO, Bass, Wieland
    Though Japanese star Shohei Otani is generating a lot of discussion in MLB circles after his incredible two-way campaign in the NPB, he’s not a realistic candidate to come over this winter, as J.J. Cooper of Baseball America explains. For one thing, his Japanese club — the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters — has no incentive to make…...2016
  • • Christian Villanueva Signs With Japan’s Nippon Ham Fighters
    Third baseman Christian Villanueva is headed back for a second season in Japan. He has joined the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, per a club announcement passed along by Jason Coskrey (via Twitter). Villanueva was one of the former big leaguers we covered recently in rounding up the year’s action in Asia’s top leagues. He struggled…...2019
  • • International Notes: Otani, Padres, Ona, Morejon, Lazarito, Cards
    22-year-old righty Shohei Otani, a standout in Japan’s NPB, has been drawing plenty of attention lately as his Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters train in Arizona. It’s not hard to see why, as the power righty is coming off of a season in which he put up a 2.24 ERA over 160 2/3 innings, with 11.0 K/9 against 2.6…...2016
  • • Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Sign Renato Nunez
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  • • AL West Notes: Rangers, A’s Scouting, Pinder, Ohtani
    The Rangers and the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Japan Pacific League have announced a partnership. Gerry Fraley of SportsDay wrote a full report on the news, noting that the partnership will include exchanging of “ideas and information” about business, ballpark construction, scouting and player development. Notably, the Fighters will also send one of their own…...2018
  • • Rangers, Nippon Ham Fighters begin new deal
    The Texas Rangers and Japan's Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters are starting a multiyear agreement this year that will involve baseball and business operations....2018