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JPBPA met on Thursday to discuss pension plans, free agency, and Ni-gun playing opportunities

by on Dec.04, 2009 @ 1:20 am, under NPB

The Japan Pro Baseball Players Association met on Thursday to discuss a number of pressing issues, including pension plans, free agency, and more playing opportunities for Ni-gun players.

Nothing new appears to have been mentioned about pension plans, other than that the association will gather opinions on the pension system being shut down in 2012.

Regarding free agency, the association is still pulling to match the number of years for both domestic and international free agency to 7 years.  They are also trying to get rid of the compensation system and discussed issues with free agency and possible rental player scenarios.

As for more playing opportunities for Ni-gun players, the association is thinking of other options, including introducing extra teams into the Western League (it has 2 fewer teams than the Eastern League and therefore plays fewer games).

=== UPDATE 10:17am

They also discussed FA options for Ni-gun players.