Norichika Aoki and the Yakult Swallows finally came to terms on a price: 260M yen for the 2009 season. That's a 40M yen raise over last year.
Said Aoki, "I got a number I was happy with and signed and I feel good. Now I just want to go out there and put up some numbers."
A satisfied Aoki talks with reporters
The Yokohama Bay Stars opted to receive cash compensation from the Yakult Swallows for losing Ryoji Aikawa. The Swallows will pay the Bay Stars 60% of the 100M yen Aikawa earned last season.