Foreign Player Signing Summary

» 29 November 2010 » In nichibei, npb »

I haven’t done a great job of staying up to date with NPB transactions this offseason. To catch up on things, here’s my tally of who’s signed so far this autumn:

In addition, Hiroshima added Scott McClain as a US-based scout.

This year, I published my list of picks for Japan-bound players over at FanGraphs. So far I’ve gotten two correct, Bullington and Torres. I took a long look at Sarfate and Albaladejo, but I left Sarfate off because of his walk rate, and Albaladejo off because I thought he’d get a job in the Majors. I also asked FanGraphs’ readers to suggest players who could go over, and so far that list has produced one correct prediction, Hoffpauir.

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  1. Patrick
    29/11/2010 at 6:30 pm Permalink

    Seems like Hiroshima has added some real quality here.

  2. Patrick
    29/11/2010 at 7:41 pm Permalink

    Hmm…strange contract.
    “He would be allowed to return to the Carp if he doesn’t make the major league roster next spring.”

  3. Patrick
    29/11/2010 at 9:25 pm Permalink

    Kyle — Hiroshima also kept Schultz, Gio Alvarado and Dioni Soriano, so they’ll have some depth among their suketto ranks.

    passerby — That is a weird one. Perhaps he has an opt-out from Colorado that allows him to go back to Japan if he has an offer. Hiroshima wasn’t exactly beating down the door to keep him.

  4. Patrick
    30/11/2010 at 6:26 am Permalink

    Yeah, Chad Tracy is about the biggest name I can remember going over, at least in recent memory. On a side note, one guy I thought was headed home for sure was Darrell Rasner. He is just so terrible, and his demeanor so poor, I’m astonished. I know he did OK at the end of last season, but their had to be better options? Any word on his salary for 2011? I hope its not the $1,000,000 he got last year!