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List of Active Player Transfers in Japanese Professional Baseball through the Draft: Players Seizing Opportunities in Their New Environments

The Active Draft of the Japan Professional Baseball (NPB) was recently held, resulting in several player transfers. The Active Draft, implemented last year, is a system aimed at stimulating player transfers for those who have not had many opportunities to play.

In this round, Kosuke Baba from the Hanshin Tigers and Chishun Sasaki from the Chiba Lotte Marines have transferred to the Yokohama DeNA BayStars. In addition, Shuto Sakurai from the Yokohama DeNA BayStars has also confirmed his transfer to another team.

From the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, Takuma Uchima will be transferring to Rakuten Eagles, while Yugo Umeno will be going to the Chunichi Dragons. The Yomiuri Giants have also confirmed the inclusion of Takumi Kitamura into their team.

Meanwhile, Softbank has acquired Taien Hasegawa from Nippon-Ham, and at the same time, Shun Mizutani, an outfielder, will be transferring to Nippon-Ham. In addition, Orix have acquired Hiroshi Suzuki from Chunichi Dragons, among others, and also announced the transfer of Daisei Urushihara from their team to another.

The Hiroshima Carp’s pitcher, Yuta Nakamura, will be transferring to the Seibu Lions. Nakamura commented: I see this opportunity as a chance and I want to do my best at my new team, the Seibu Lions.

The players who had been on the contract pending list will now have the chance to perform on a new stage, attracting attention from fans.


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