Hitoshi Tamura announced on his blog yesterday that he won't be exercising his FA option and will stick with the team for at least another season.
After being contacted by the [Hawks], I met with a club rep earlier today to discuss my future plans.
The club rep told me that FA options are for the player to decide and that players are free to exercise them. But I was only able to play a partial season, and while I was able to contribute to the team's success during the Inter-league Series, we couldn't win the title and I could only prepare myself for the role of pinch hitter during the Climax Series. The end result: I am left feeling unsatisfied with my contributions to the team and because of this, I have decided that I will not exercise my FA option and will return again next season to help the team win a championship.