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Cincinnati Reds former outfielder Shogo Akiyama joins Hiroshima Carp

It was no surprise that Shogo Akiyama was heading back to Japan. The former Cincinnati Reds outfielder had been let go prior to Opening Day as he was not going to be a part of their lineup. While he was able to latch on with the Padres organization on a minor league deal, it became clear that he was not going to get an opportunity at the major league level.
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Shogo Akiyama returning to Japan

Former Reds outfielder Shogo Akiyama is headed back to Japan, Akiyama himself tells Japanese media (English languagelink via the Japan Times). A report from The Manichi in Japan suggests that Akiyama’s former team, the Seibu Lions, could have an offer waiting for him. Originally signed by the Reds to...
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Cincinnati Reds: Shogo Akiyama heading back to Japan

The Cincinnati Reds had high hopes for Shogo Akiyama when he signed a three year contract prior to the 2020 season. A Gold Glove center fielder with power and speed, he was expected to be a catalyst for the lineup, getting on base and causing havoc. That never happened. While...
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Former Reds outfielder Shogo Akiyama is headed back to Japan

After failing to make it work in the major leagues, it appears that former Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shogo Akiyama is headed back to Japan. Per the Japan Times, Akiyama received "no offers from teams in American baseball". Akiyama was recently released by the San Diego Padres. Akiyama was released by...
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Shogo Akiyama, Ian Krol opt out of minors deals with Padres

Outfielder Shogo Akiyama and relief pitcher Ian Krol have each triggered opt-out clauses in their minor-league contracts with the Padres, reports Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune (on Twitter). The players’ respective transactions logs at MLB.com indicate both have been released, suggesting the Friars declined to add either to their MLB roster.
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Padres to sign OF Shogo Akiyama to minors deal

The Padres have reached an agreement to sign former Reds outfielder Shogo Akiyama to a minor league deal, per The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans. There were rumors even earlier Saturday that the Seibu Lions were interested in bringing Akiyama back to the organization where he made his name, but the Japanese outfielder apparently is not yet done with Major League Baseball. With the Reds, he made 183 trips to the plate in each of 2020 and 2021, hitting a combined .224/.320/.274 in that time.
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