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.