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Chunichi Dragons: incentive-based salary system next season?

by on Dec.29, 2010 @ 10:07 pm, under NPB

The Chunichi Dragons are apparently thinking about implementing a new incentive-based salary system next season.  Team president Junnosuke Nishikawa pointed to a drop in fan attendance (about 4.6%, or about 100,000 fewer fans) as a reason for the change.

"The thing that causes the greatest amount of strain while running a baseball club are the player salaries," said Nishikawa.  "Once a player's salary rises to a certain level, it's difficult to lower that player's salary because the system doesn't really allow it to happen.  That's why we need to think about implementing a system of incentives in order to control the salaries."

The Dragons currently carry 4 players with salaries over the 200M yen mark.


Wei-Ying Chen might not see a very big raise.  The reason: the Dragons apparently feel that's the least Chen can do after they decided to go along with his demand to allow him to become a free agent after the 2011 season.

Said a club rep, "We made a lot of concessions for him, so we'll be as stringent as possible on our contract (for 2011)."


Tony Blanco agreed to a salary of $US1.8M (or about 144M yen).  Blanco will be in the second year of a 2-year deal.

3 comments on “Chunichi Dragons: incentive-based salary system next season?

    1. Gen Post author

      That was probably a bit harsh on my end. But based on all the past articles that have surfaced on Chen’s contract situation, it seemed fitting.

      The bottom line is that the Dragons really didn’t want to lose Chen but had to go along with his request / demand to be treated as a foreign player because otherwise he wouldn’t sign a deal to play in 2011. And so the Dragons are thinking of this as a trade: treatment as a foreign player in exchange for a smaller raise.

      Now people can take this one of two ways I think:

      1) the Dragons are trading something that was never really there’s to begin with; or

      2) it’s a fair trade, considering the contract he signed.

      Either way, it seems Chen is on his way to becoming a free agent after the 2011 season.

  1. Alex

    Y’know, I think the Dragons tend to be fairly reasonable, but once in a while they do things like this that remind you that they are a Japanese company.

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