Toshiya Sugiuchi met with the Softbank Hawks front office for a second round of negotiations today. And even though the Hawks stuck to their initial raise of 50M yen, Sugiuchi decided to sign because he felt the club was being more sincere (and needful of his services) this time around.
And it seems the club also warned the previous staff member that handled the negotiations (Itaru Kobayashi ?) about being careful in the way they handle players.
Nobuhiro Matsuda also met with the front office today and agreed to a 42M yen (up 6M yen) 2011 salary.
Sadaharu Oh would like to see Alex Cabrera hit a career high in homers next season.
"He's hit 50 or more homers twice in his career," said Oh. "Do I want him to establish a new career high next season? Of course. He should be able to, if he gets on a good rhythm. I'm sure he knows exactly what he needs to do."
Oh also told reporters he heard that negotiations with Cabrera are going well.
Tadashi Settsu was a guest on KBC Radio Charity Musicthon on Friday. During the show, Settsu said, "I would like to try my hand [at starting], but I also think it might be nice to record my third consecutive 70-game season." When asked what his secret was for being able to pitch in 70 games two year's straight, he replied sleep. Settsu apparently gets about 10 hours of sleep every night.