A Flurry of Trades

» 31 July 2010 » In npb »

With the July 31 player aquisition deadline passed, all the trades for this season are in the books. I didn’t cover them closely this season, so here’s a recap, roughly in reverse chronological order:

Masafumi Togano to Rakuten, Hideki Asai to Yomiuri (Sponichi): In the final deal of this year’s trading season the Giants and Eagles swapped righties. I haven’t seen enough of Togano to have an opinion on him, but Asai has gottne a long look at Rakuten and apparently no longer fits into their plans.  Verdict: even.

Koji Mise (RHP) to Chunichi, Masaumi Shimizu (C) to SoftBank (Sponichi): SoftBank needed catching depth after Katsuki Yamazaki went down with an injury, and found it in Shimizu. Shimizu has yet to appear in a game for SoftBank as Hidenori Tanoue is doing all the work behind the plate. Mise holds the distinction of being the oldest RoY winner in recent memory (of all time?), bu hadn’t done much lately for the Hawks. He has a 15.00 ERA in six appearances with Chunichi. Verdict: draw.

Yuya Kamada (RHP) to Rakuten, Koki Watanabe (LHP) to Yakult (Sanspo): A swap of two guys with similar career numbers who are about the same age, but throw with different hands. Watanabe has seen action as a LOOGy for Yakult, while Kamada languishes on Rakuten’s farm. Verdict: I’ll give Yakult the edge here.

Tomohito Yoneno (C) to Seibu, Minoru Yamagishi to Yakult (Daily Sports): Another deal necessitated by an injured catcher, this time Seibu’s Ginjiro. Yoneno has so far provided unused catching depth for Seibu has Toru Hosakawa and Tatsuyuki Uemoto carrying the load. Yamagishi hasn’t made an appearance for Yakult’s ichi-gun team. Verdict: a carbon copy of the Mise-Shimizu deal.

Masayuki Hasegawa (RHP) and Go Kida (PH) to Orix, Yuichiro Mukae (OF) to Hiroshima (Daily Sports): I’ve already written about what a good deal this was for Orix. To reiterate: Orix gets a potentially serviceable starter and an established bench bat for an outfielder whom they were never going to use. Verdict: Orix wins by unanimous decision.

Yuji Yoshimi (LHP) to Lotte, cash to Yokohama (Sanspo): When this deal happened, I thought it was an inspired pickup up for the Marines. Yoshimi is once-promising lefty who bounced back from injuries to eat up 88+ average innings last year for Yokohama. That might not sound like much, but a similar performance would have been a big help for Lotte. Verdict: Lotte had the right idea.

Kenji Sato from Lotte to Nippon Ham in an uncompensated (musho) trade (Nikkan Sports): Here’s another inspired pickup. Nippon Ham found a 21 year-old kid who wasn’t getting at-bats with Lotte’s ni-gun team and got him for nothing, and so far he’s hit .344/.469/.442 at Kamagaya. Sure it’s a limited number of at-bats, but Nippon Ham found some upside at a cost of zero. Verdict: small win for Nippon Ham.

Takehito Kanazawa (RHP) to SoftBank, Hisao Arakane (OF),  Keisuke Kaneko (IF) to Orix (Nikkan Sports): The story here is Arakane, who is currently sporting an .888 OPS through 159 PA’s with Orix. Nothing in his statistical track record hinted at this kind of ability, so we’ll see if he keeps it up. Kanazawa, who Orix wasn’t using, is getting regular work with SoftBank. Kaneko is with Orix’s farm team. Verdict: Orix wins by split decision.

Teruaki Yoshikawa (RHP) to SoftBank – Shotaro Ide (OF) to Yokohama (Sponichi): Not much to say about this one. Yoshikawa has gotten six innings of work in for the Hawks, Ide is hitting .200 for the BayStars. Verdict: incomplete.

Shintaro Ejiri (RHP) to Yokahama, Yuya Ishii (LHP) to Nippon Ham (Sponichi): I had the impression that Ejiri was pretty good, but he’s been pedestrian by the Bay. Ishii’s only pitched 9.2 innings for Nippon ham, but he has an 8:0 K:BB ratio and is lefthanded. Verdict: my gut still says Yokohama on this one.

Yusuke Kawasaki (LHP) to Hanshin, cash to Lotte (Sanspo): I figured this was a budget reduction move for Lotte, since Kawasaki has had some success in the past. But I guess they knew something I didn’t, because Kawasaki’s has a 5.06 ERA for Hanshin and has been injured since June. Verdict: I’ll call this one in Lotte’s favor, since they wound up getting a different lefty (Yoshimi) who can start. But if Kawasaki returns to his previous form, Hanshin wins.

So quite a bit of activity this season, with every team making at least one trade. None of these deals are going to have any impact on the pennant race in either league, but Orix managed to acquire some interesting options for expendable players.

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  1. Patrick
    01/08/2010 at 1:37 am Permalink

    A related Fangraphs post for ease of reference in the future just in case.

  2. Patrick
    01/08/2010 at 2:35 pm Permalink

    Ejiri was pretty damn good for the Fighters since he retooled his delivery to a sidearm slot a few years back. And he was a super-nice and super-smart guy that was a fan favorite on both levels of the game (I met him a few times at Kamagaya and he was always ridiculously nice to everybody), coming out of Waseda in much the same mold as Komiyama, ie, he went in as just some dude who studied his butt off for 2 years to get into a Big 6 college and then joined the baseball team when he got there and made a name for himself, rather than being one of these kids who gets a baseball recommendation and is Destined For Greatness from the beginning, not that I have anyone in mind there. Ejiri’s story is even funnier in that he actually wanted to go to Keio, but failed their exam twice, so when he was at Waseda, he was known as a Keio-killer, he had some ridiculously good resullts in Soukeisen games 🙂 I was a pretty big fan of his with the Fighters and was really sad to see him go and can babble about him a ton.

    A lot of these trades have been kind of flying under the radar this year, really. I liked the Yoneno trade only because it finally made him go away from Yakult. He was never going to be worth much of anything in that organization.

  3. Patrick
    02/08/2010 at 6:48 am Permalink

    >> I liked the Yoneno trade only because it finally made him go away from Yakult. He was never going to be worth much of anything in that organization.

    True enough, but he did play quite a bit after Furuta retired. Also he’s still #4 on Seibu’s catching depth chart.

  4. Patrick
    02/08/2010 at 12:40 pm Permalink

    He played quite a bit and he sucked 🙂 I was in the right-field stands at Jingu a few days after the trade and I was surprised by how many people were happy to see him go, actually.

    Though Watanabe’s arrival (different trade) was seen as a good thing — I think people are concerned about Yakult’s idiot managers mismanaging the bullpen.

  5. Patrick
    02/08/2010 at 1:35 pm Permalink

    Yes he did suck. I just kind of meant to say that they did give him a chance.