Kenjiro Nomura told reporters today they have asked Mike Schultz to join the team during the first leg of spring camp (in Okinawa) next year. Last spring, Schultz got a late start because he wanted to be with his expectant wife (he joined the team for spring camp in Miyazaki). Schultz then missed a large chunk of time (he pitched in only 11 games and left Japan on May 30) after he injured his back and required what ended up being season-ending surgery.
The Carp don't want to see a repeat of that and are therefore requesting that Schultz report to camp early next year.
Kenta Maeda doesn't expect his salary negotiations to get too complicated. And it seems the two side have started laying the groundwork.
Said Maeda, "I don't really like talking much [about these kinds of things]. I am alone. It's not like I have a family. And I also don't have a very long career."