Via Sanspo, Hideaki Wakui met with the Seibu Lions for the third time this off-season and turned them down for the third consecutive time.
"We haven't reached my asking price," said Wakui. "Waiting to get this done now isn't bad. I just want them to admit I had a good season. I don't feel weird about this."
When asked if it might be possible that he could end up going to spring camp unsigned (and therefore required to pay his own way) Wakui replied, "That's a possibility. But I won't sign unless they give me a raise."
Nikkan Sports includes the following quote:
The offer and the club's approach hasn't changed at all. Regardless of what I say, they always talk about things didn't go well in the second half. I will not agree (sign) to this offer. Finalizing this in January would be the best, but the worst (paying his own way during spring camp and salary arbitration) is possible."
Since Wakui will spend most of his timing in training now, Wakui's agent will take over negotiations.
UPDATE 1/6 @ 12:20pm - contract talks apparently lasted about 1.5 hours and it appears Wakui stated his demands for the first time since they began talking. As of now, it also seems as though the Lions won't be budging from their offer. (via Nikkan Sports)