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Hiroyuki Nakajima to bring lawyer to salary negotiations with Seibu

by on Dec.07, 2010 @ 2:32 pm, under NPB

10:09pm JST

Nakajima spoke to the Lions earlier today with his lawyer by his side.

Said GM Yasuo Maeda, "He told us about his wish [to be posted] again.  I'll pass that information on to the owner. ... We have nothing more to say at this time."

2:32pm JST

According to Nikkan Sports, as of yesterday, Hiroyuki Nakajima was planning on bringing a lawyer to the salary negotiation table today in order try and get the Seibu Lions to agree to posting him after the 2011 season.

It seems Nakajima thought the team would post him during the current off-season after he talked things over with a club official earlier on (doesn't really mention when).  And it's because Nakajima feels the Lions backed off a verbal promise that he now has a lawyer with him -- I guess the lawyer will be on hand to document any promises that might be made during salary negotiation talks.

The Lions also appear to be leaning towards giving Nakajima a chance to test the US market by posting him after the 2011 season.  The club is still trying to figure out exactly how that would work -- would he need to clear certain goals / milestone to earn his way to a posting, or will the club just post him regardless.

While the Lions have been fairly open to posting players in the past, it appears they aren't too keen on posting Nakajima because they feel they won't receive what they would consider a "fair" price for him.  But the Lions also realize that Nakajima has, at most, 2 more years with the club.  That means they'll probably want to post him after the 2011 season.