John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the Giants are close to signing Japanese infielder Kensuke Tanaka to a minor league deal.
Tanaka would receive an invitation to spring training, where he would compete for a utility job. A former All-Star for the Nippon Ham Fighters, Tanaka batted .300/.350/.363 with three homers and 13 steals this past season.
Matt Clark has signed with the Chunichi Dragons in Japan's Central League.
Clark, a 12th round pick of the Padres from the 2008 draft, hit .290/.367/.506 with 22 homers and 77 RBI with Triple-A Tuscon in 2012. He was unable to crack the major league roster during his five seasons in the Padres organization, but is still only 26-years-old.
According to TCPalm.com, the Giants have signed right-hander Scott Proctor to a minor league contract.
The story quotes Proctor's agent, who said that his client has been invited to spring training. The 36-year-old right-hander pitched in the Korean Baseball Organization last season, posting a 1.79 ERA and 35 saves over 57 appearances. He owns a 4.78 ERA over seven seasons in the majors.
Takashi Saito has signed a one-year contract with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
Saito will join fellow major leaguers Andruw Jones and Casey McGehee on the Golden Eagles, and he'll get to return to his hometown in Sendai, Japan. The soon-to-be 43-year-old was limited to 46 appearances over the last two seasons due to injury, but he'll take a career 2.34 MLB ERA and 10.7 K/9 rate back to his native country.
The Rakuten Eagles plan to go forward with their one-year, $3.5 million agreement with Andruw Jones.
Jones was arrested early Christmas morning at his home near Atlanta, Georgia for allegedly dragging his wife down a staircase, grabbing her by the neck and threatening to kill her. But the Eagles aren't going to rip up the deal they've struck with him. "We received a report it was a domestic fight which escalated," Rakuten Eagles president Yozo Tachibana told Japanese media on Thursday. "Unless there is any more big surprises, we intend to go ahead as planned with his contract."
According to the Associated Press, Andruw Jones was arrested Tuesday after allegedly dragging his wife down a staircase, grabbing her neck and threatening to kill her.
The alleged fight happened around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after Jones' wife, Nicole Jones, asked him to help her prepare their home for Christmas morning. Jones was arrested and charged with battery, but he has since been released on bond. The 35-year-old recently signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract to play with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.
Andruw Jones was arrested for battery near Atlanta, Georgia at 4 a.m. on Christmas morning.
He has a booking page on the Gwinnett County Sheriff's website. There aren't many details available at this time, but the situation obviously doesn't sound good. Jones finalized a one-year, $3.5 million contract last week with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.