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Sikorski Signs with Padres

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Sikorski Signs with Padres
Sikorsky signs with the San Diego Padres [Fox Sports]. Like the article says, he'll mostly likely fill the role of the recently-departed Ohtsuka.
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Re: Sikorski Signs with Padres
[ Author: Guest | Posted: Dec 26, 2005 1:35 AM ]

I guess Rakuten's not getting any compensation for releasing him in good faith.
Re: Sikorski Signs with Padres
[ Author: Guest | Posted: Dec 27, 2005 12:13 PM ]

They didn't release him in good faith.
Re: Sikorski Signs with Padres
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Dec 27, 2005 2:07 PM | YBS Fan ]

I understood that they released him so that he could pursue his choices in the Majors. And that's what he did. I don't see any wrong doing on either side.
Re: Sikorski Signs with Padres
[ Author: Something Lions | Posted: Dec 27, 2005 3:09 PM | SL Fan ]

Can Rakuten get any compensation from the Padres? Seems strange that Rakuten claimed Sikorski off waivers and had no value in the end.
Re: Sikorski Signs with Padres
[ Author: Guest | Posted: Dec 27, 2005 3:23 PM ]

Usually, Japanese clubs cannot prevent a player from signing with a MLB organization, unless he is currently under contract. His rights to play in Japan may have been held, but players can almost always go back to the States if they want. SNL would have said, "The point is Null."
Re: Sikorski Signs with Padres
[ Author: Christopher | Posted: Dec 27, 2005 6:58 PM | HAN Fan ]

Whereas Sikorski had signed with Rakuten, my understanding is that he hadn't actually agreed and signed a contract. This is why it was so easy for him to leave.
Re: Sikorski Signs with Padres
[ Author: Guest: John Brooks | Posted: Dec 28, 2005 11:01 AM ]

As pointed out above, Sikorski was claimed on waivers by Rakuten after Yomiuri left Sikorski out of their 2006 season plans. Sikorski and Rakuten then failed to come to a deal. After that, Rakuten released Sikorski so he could pursue an opportunity in the major leagues.
Re: Sikorski Signs with Padres
[ Author: Guest | Posted: Dec 29, 2005 8:27 PM ]

My understanding is that Rakuten was compensated by the Padres and that was the only way they were going to release him. Rakuten in no way acted in good faith.
Re: Sikorski Signs with Padres
[ Author: Guest | Posted: Dec 29, 2005 8:40 PM ]

Rakuten, by claiming Sikorski off waivers, said his contract with Yomuiri was null and that the Japanese contract applied because he was claimed on waivers. Therefore they pretty much told him play for us or sit out next year and put him on the reserve list. Padres then came in and compensated Rakuten in order for him to be released. Foreign players are rarely claimed off waivers, it is like an unwritten rule in Japan. I think Rakuten thought this was a way to get a quality player and not have to pay market value.
Re: Sikorski Signs with Padres
[ Author: Guest | Posted: Dec 31, 2005 11:20 PM ]

Ah, very intersting. Whether unwritten rules should be observed, become written, or treated as non-existant probably depends on your values.
Re: Sikorski Signs with Padres
[ Author: Guest: null | Posted: Jan 2, 2006 12:48 AM ]

Japan, Korea, Taiwan, it's all about the same in the end with these leagues.
Re: Sikorski Signs with Padres
[ Author: Something Lions | Posted: Jan 5, 2006 10:37 AM | SL Fan ]

What do you mean by them being the "same"?
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