Hiroshi Shibahara met with the Softbank Hawks for a second round of salary negotiations today and could not agree to terms with club. Shibahara has apparently file for arbitration sometime next week. He will become the first player (7th overall) since Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi filed for arbitration in 2001.
The Softbank Hawks latest offer to Shibahara was a salary of 50M yen, up 8M yen from their initial offer, but still down 70M yen from last season. According to the agreement between the NPB and the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association, any player that made more than 100M yen must agree to any pay cut greater than 40%. In this case, the cut would be about 58%, well above the 40% limit.
Said Shibahara, "I just don't get it. But instead of allowing this to get out of hand, I thought I would file for arbitration [and let my lawyer handle the rest] while I focus on my training."