I had a feeling this was going to happen. Bobby Valentine apparently isn't very happy about the way Tadahito Iguchi's contract is being handled. When asked about his feelings on the clause regarding a guaranteed job at second base, Valentine said, "This kind of stuff really shouldn't be made public, and besides, I'm not really in a position to talk about. ... It has always been my policy not to discuss contracts with players to ensure that I deal with them fairly. ... If the front office or Iguchi wants to talk to me about the contract, then I will. Maybe this is a part of their new plan."
There is also word that Bobby canceled his trip to Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum. Said Valentine, "This is a really important season and I can't miss the first team meeting."
More on Norichika Aoki's contract for this season... Aoki will also receive a bonus from the Swallows based on how well Samurai Japan does in the WBC. He could receive as much as 5M yen if Japan wins it all again.