Director of team development Takashi Ide spoke to reporters yesterday about Wei-Ying Chen and said that he wanted to make negotiations open to the public. Up to now, the Dragons have meeting with Chen's agent behind-the-scenes and it appears as though negotiations haven't been going quite as well as they had hoped.
Said Ide, "I think they're asking us for things that make no sense. We'd like to invite someone to the negotiation table to hear what's actually being said. Maybe they can also try to explain what they want to the media."
In addition to asking the NPB of their opinion on matters, it seems the Dragons will also recognize Chen's current agent as an official representative, even though he isn't a lawyer.
Chen's camp is currently pushing the fact that Chen is a foreign player and should be treated as such. In other words, Chen should be given the option to decide whether or not he wants to stay with the team after the 2011 season.