The Yakult Swallows sign Shinya Miyamoto to a two-year extension today. Miyamoto's salary for the 2011 season will be 180M yen (down 40M yen).
Miyamoto is 168 hits away from 2,000 and is on pace to reach the milestone in the second year of his 2-year deal (he has averaged 134 hits over the last 4 seasons).
In other team news:
Masanori Ishikawa met with the Swallows on Monday and agreed to a 2011 salary of 180M yen (no change) plus incentives. Ishikawa will be in the second year of a four year deal next year.
It seems Ishikawa is also trying to push the Swallows into implementing a "no brown-dyed hair, no facial hair" policy. If it goes through, it'll be a first since Katsuya Nomura managed the club in the 90's.
Ishikawa will be working out with Masahiro Yamamoto (CHU) in Tottori in January. They also invited Masato Nakazawa to join them.