The Nippon Ham Fighters will try to meet with Yu Darvish and agree to a 2011 salary before the end of the year. The team is currently in the process of setting a date for their negotiations.
It seems the Nippon Ham Fighters will be re-signing Kazuhito Tadano to a new contract.
The Fighters released Tadano after a season in which he appeared in only 2 games because of an undisclosed health condition. They also didn't want to continue paying Tadano at his current pay rate and decided to risk losing him to another team by releasing him. But with no teams interested in him, the Fighters will be offering him a new contract (at a lower pay rate).
Trey Hillman made an appearance at an event (in a hotel in Hokkaido) on Thursday that also featured Makoto Kaneko and Atsunori Inaba. About 400 people attended the event.
Hillman is currently in Japan in order to participate in a number of event in Hokkaido and will return to the US on the 20th.