Takahiro Mahara met with the Softbank Hawks earlier today for their first round of negotiations. With his lawyer by his side, Mahara received an explanation of the new salary assessment system the Hawks implemented before for the start of the current off-season. It appears the Hawks did not make a firm offer to Mahara today.
"I agreed with parts of their new system, but there were parts that I also couldn't understand. It's too complicated," said Mahara.
Toru Hosokawa wants to try and play a full season and will be looking to strengthen his body with the help of Olympic swimmer Kosuke Kitajima's trainer, Hideo Sasaki, during the winter.
Kenji Otonari will take a page out of Tsuyoshi Wada's training book by doing more long distance running (instead of short sprints) during the winter in order to strengthen his lower body and improve his stamina.
Nagisa Arakaki is thinking about moving his winter training destination from Okinawa to Hawaii (he apparently wants to train in a locale that's warmer than Okinawa). And it seems Arakaki is focusing on throwing as much as he can this off-season.
Nobuhiro Matsuda will be training in three different locales in January: Asia University, Hawaii, and Fukuoka.