On the 3rd, Nippon-Ham will use the posting system to aim for a major transfer until Haruki Nishikawa, a 28-year-old outfielder, is due for contract negotiations until 5 pm EST on the 2nd (7 am on the 3rd, Japan time). Announced that the contract was not reached and was unsuccessful.
Although he was shown interest by multiple baseball teams, the FA market of major fielders was also stagnant due to the influence of the corona wreck, and negotiations were not completed. Nishikawa was announced as a contract pending player of Nippon-Ham on December 2, last year. In the future, it is highly likely that the negotiations with Nippon-Ham, which holds the right to hold, will remain.
I didn’t get my straightforward thoughts. It was November 27, 2019 that he revealed his major intentions. He cut it out himself at a press conference after the contract renewal. “I think it was about three years ago. I told GM Yoshimura,’I’m chasing my dream.’ … I’m selfish, but I talked about the American people.” The reason for this was the experience of the Arizona Spring Camp, which he participated in from 2016 to 2019, and the existence of Angels Otani, who made a major transfer in 17 years off. As I steadily accumulated my career as an immovable first batter, my dreams grew steadily.
The 20th season, my 10th year as a professional, was a year to open up the future I envisioned. On December 5th, when he appeared at an event in Sapporo city, he looked back on the season and said, “You can’t see it unless you leave (good results). It’s not job hunting, but I was doing it with that feeling.” The batting average is 30% and 6%, exceeding 30% for the first time in 4 years. 92 Hit by pitch is the top of both leagues, and the on-base percentage is 40% and 3 minutes, which is a career high. 42 stolen bases are second in the league and exceed 40 stolen bases for the fourth time in two years. In the mid-level defense, he won the Golden Glove Award for the fourth time in a row for four years and left a result in offense and defense.
The agent had a contract with Josh Purcell, who is in charge of the Blue Jays Yamaguchi. “I want to play an active role, and it’s best to succeed and get a big contract, but there are many things that I can’t get without going. Some people say that it doesn’t work, but there is definitely more than that.” I was there, but my thoughts were once sealed. He will play with Nippon-Ham again this season, and if all goes well, he plans to acquire overseas FA rights.