The Yomiuri Giants apparently invited Ichiro to their training facilities in Kawasaki this winter. Ichiro usually trains at his old Orix training grounds, but has decided to take the Giants up on their offer and will be training in Kawasaki. He has also been asked to help some of the younger players out as a special temporary coach.
It looks like contract years wasn't an issue with Hideki Matsui and the Angels.
"I thought a 1-year deal would be fine, as well as about half of my 2009 salary. I just want to play. More than anything, I want to go to a team that wants me," said Matsui.
So more than money or years, Matsui just wanted a chance to prove that he can still play the outfield.