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Softbank Hawks: Hitoshi Tamura was looking for a 4-year deal?

by on Nov.16, 2010 @ 2:43 pm, under NPB

According to Nikkan Sports, negotiations between the Softbank Hawks and Hitoshi Tamura is currently at the following stage:

Tamura would like a 4-year deal (long enough to take him through to his next FA period), but as mentioned on a number of occasions, the Hawks do not want to give out multi-year deals because they feel players lose motivation over the course of the contract.  However, it seems the Hawks may consider offering a guaranteed 2-year deal.

The Hawks are offering a 2011 salary that could be worth over 200M yen (assuming award bonuses are all maxed out).  But it appears the base salary is closer to the 120M yen range, which is exactly what Tamura made this season (plus incentives).  Except Tamura wants a guaranteed raise over his 2010 salary.

The Hawks continue to tell the media that he's a needed member of the team and that they'd like to see him stay.  They also say that the offer currently on the table is fair and one that won't be beat by other clubs.  The Hawks are expected to continue negotiations with Tamura even after he becomes a free agent.

Tamura will likely remain in Fukuoka for at least one week after the team parade on the 20th.