Takahiro Mahara is planning on using a lawyer (agent-like status) during salary negotiations this year (it'll be he has turn to a lawyer for help since turning pro). Mahara signed a contract with Atsuya Furuta's old lawyer, Jo Kawazoe on 12/1. It seems Mahara decided to use a lawyer because of the new salary assessment system the Hawks will be using this year.
"I think the new system will make things difficult [for players]. And especially difficult for me because there are some things [that I've done] that don't show up in the numbers. I'd like to turn to the lawyer to help explain what those things are," said Mahara.
Mahara is scheduled to meet with the Hawks on Monday.
Nobuhiko Matsunaka decided that he'll be heading to Guam on the 10th to begin his off-season workouts. Matsunaka usually begins his workouts about a month later so that he's ready in time for the start of the season. This year, it seems Matsunaka wants to prepare himself a little earlier so that he's ready to participate in exhibition games.
"Results don't matter. I learned this season that you need to beat out the competition to win a [starting role]. I plan on going full out from the first exhibition game of the season next year," said Matsunaka.
Matsunaka continued, "You need to be able to hit in order to get into games. I'll start early. Perhaps I'll start hitting during the second block [of my training in January]. ... It doesn't matter who is coming to the team. It's just about doing it. It's about showing [the coaches] what you're capable of."
Seiichi Uchikawa apparently decided to go back to using bats made out of white ash. Uchikawa was using bats made out of white ash up until after the 2008 season when he batted a career high .378 (189-for-500).
Said Uchikawa, "I'll go back to white ash next season. It feels a little soft when I make contact. I want to use a bat I'm comfortable with. I've also gotten to a point where I can be a little about what I use. ... They're not looking for home runs from me. It's about batting average and hits."
Incidentally, Uchikawa was wearing a Yokohama uniform for a baseball clinic he attended in Kanagawa earlier today. Uchikawa said it was probably the last time he would wear the uniform.
Munenori Kawasaki was able to play catch at a distance of about 30 meters on Saturday. Kawasaki started his rehab training on 11/28 (after right elbow surgery) and was playing catch at a distance of about 20 meters until Saturday.
Keiji Nakahara will probably spend some time working out with Chunichi Dragons' Ryoji Nakata at Asia University in January.
Nagisa Arakaki met with the Softbank Hawks today and agreed to a 2011 salary of 48M yen (down 16M yen from this season). Arakaki did not pitch at Ichi-gun this season due to right shoulder problems.
The media learned that 25-year-old Yuki Kume will be marrying a 23-year-old nailist (nail art, sort of like a manicurist) named Haruna Horiuchi (? 堀内春菜). The two have already living together and plan on submitting their marriage papers on Monday.