An exchange trade between Shohei Kato of professional baseball Lotte and Takuma Kato of Chunichi was established and announced by both teams.
Shohei Kato, who will transfer to Chunichi, is 30 years old from Saitama prefecture.
He is a 9th year professional outfielder who joined Jobu University in 2013 in 4th place in the draft.
A wide-angle switch hitter, he won the top hitter in the Eastern League of the 2nd army last season, and has a good reputation for speed and defense.
This season, he was promoted to the 1st army for the first time on May 18, and has a batting average of 20% and 2 minutes, 1 home run, and 2 RBIs in 20 games.
On the other hand, Takuma Kato, who will transfer to Lotte, is 29 years old from Mie prefecture.
It is a professional 7th year catcher who joined the team from Aoyama Gakuin University in 5th place in the draft in 2015.
He has a strong shoulder and has participated in 92 games, which is the most in his career, such as starting the opening game, but Takuya Kinoshita did not participate in one army this season as he increased his chances of participation.
In this trade, the main player Tatsuhiro Tamura was injured and the catcher was thin Lotte and the score was "183", which is the lowest in both leagues, and it seems that Chunichi's idea of scoring ability was the same.
Shohei Kato commented, "Although the team will change, I will continue to play as hard as I can and do my best to win the Dragons."
Takuma Kato commented, "It's an opportunity for me, so I'd like to do what I can. Iguchi is my senior, so I'll do my best to win the league and become the best in Japan."