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Takeshi Yamasaki looking for a 2-year deal

by on Nov.07, 2009 @ 1:56 pm, under NPB

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.