I'm late on this again, but better late than never.
Part three of the four part series is now online at Japan Times.
A quick excerpt:
Valentine was not averse to taking a substantial pay cut in order to stay with Lotte. That was how attached he had become to the fans and players. But, as previously noted, he was never given an opportunity to renegotiate a new contract extension downward, which, at that stage, was in Setoyama's power to offer.
And for that, perhaps, Valentine had himself to blame.