Sanspo: The Chunichi Dragons give Hitoki Iwase a 4-year extension. The first year will be worth 430M yen and each subsequent season will be based on performance. Iwase signed a 1-year deal last season in order to leave his options open (international FA), but after being hit pretty hard during the Olympics, he apparently no longer feels the need to go overseas. Iwase said, "I guess [my performance] is indicative of my low comfort level with playing overseas. ... I originally joined the Dragons because I like them and besides, I feel comfortable playing here."
Sanspo: Takayuki Kishi and the Lions still can't agree to a salary. It is thought that Kishi is looking for something in the 80M yen range, but the Lions don't appear to be biting. The current offer on the table is said to be 75M yen.
Sanspo: More Bobby trouble brewing? Might be something minor, but it appears the Lotte Marines and Bobby Valentine are bickering about whether or not Bobby proposed returning his salary for the 2009 season.
And I just gotta say that I think I earned my salary. I work 24 hours a day, I give everything I have and IÂ’ve offered twice for them to keep my salary and they didnÂ’t think that that was necessary. -bobbysway.com
But Akira Ishikawa, VP of the Marines, is saying that Bobby made no such offer. Bobby is also saying that he never asked for an extension on his contract despite the media reporting such things.
Incidentally, the article also mentions Bobby asking the Marines about giving back his salary on 3 occasions when in fact Bobby only mentioned doing it twice in his blog post -- which is exactly how misunderstandings begin. Someone needs a better translator. Did I mention, I'm available?