Tetsuya Utsumi met with the Giants on Thursday and was presented with a cut in salary (perhaps about a 20M yen drop) due to a 4.38 ERA (his worst since 2005) and his struggles in August. Utsumi tried to counter by emphasizing his first double-digit win season since 2008, but the team apparently didn't budge. Utsumi placed the offer on hold and negotiations will continue at a later date.
Hayato Sakamoto took part in a commercial shoot (photos) for Nishikawa Sangyo's AiR SI mattress (designed for athletes) on Thursday. Sakamoto started using a Nishikawa mattress at home this year to help him deal with his back pains and was presented with the opportunity to try out their new AiR SI mattress. Seems he was sold on the new mattress and plans on using it during spring camp and road games next year.
Sadaharu Oh also apparently relies on mattresses from Nishikawa Sangyo.