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Draft News and Notes: Chono likely to start next season at Ichi-gun

by on Nov.23, 2009 @ 1:05 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...The Dragons offered 2nd round draft pick Ryuya Ogawa a contract worth 6M yen and a signing bonus of 50M yen.

Hanshin Tigers

...The Tigers offered Ikusei 1st round draft pick Shuhei Takada a contract worth 3M yen with a signing bonus of 2M yen.

Yomiuri Giants

...The Giants have high expectations for Hisayoshi Chono.  They'll likely start him at Ichi-gun next season.

Other

...Yusei Kikuchi became just the 7th player out of high school to sign for the max (established in 1994).  The other 6 players were:

1998 - Matsuzaka, Daisuke* (Seibu)
2001 - Terahara, Hayato (Daiei)
2004 - Darvish, Yu (Nippon Ham)
2006 - Tanaka, Masahiro (Rakuten)
2007 - Nakata, Sho (Nippon Ham) and Sato, Yoshinori (Yakult)

* The limit for salaries in 1998 was actually 13M yen.  Other than Matsuzaka, all other players were paid a yearly salary of 15M yen.

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