Takeshi Yamasaki is coming off one of his most productive seasons at the age of 41.
And now he's hoping that'll be good enough to translate into a 2-year deal with the Eagles.
"I think the numbers I put up are enough for a 2-year deal. I'm looking forward to what they'll say because last year they said that they wanted to see how the team does first. If I can get a 2-year deal, it'll allow me to relax and play the game without any worries," said Yamasaki.
But he also realizes that his age is a big issue and added, "If I was the manager and there was a player like me that hit 30 homers and a younger player that hit 20, I'd start the younger player. Plus, I'm competing with every foreigner that comes to the team. If I don't win big (If the team doesn't win big), I have to be concerned."
Yamasaki is coming off a 2-year deal that was worth 372M yen. Based on the numbers he put up this past season, he could be looking for a 2-year deal in the 500M yen range.
That seems like a high price to pay for a player that'll be 43 after a 2-year deal. If the Eagles really want to keep him, then it might make more sense to make that second year a club option.