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Hideaki Wakui’s request for salary artibitration accepted

by on Jan.14, 2011 @ 11:10 pm, under NPB

NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato told reporters today that they decided to accept Hideaki Wakui's (SEI) request for salary arbitration (backdated to the 13th).  He also said that he put Hiroshi Shibahara's (SOF) request on hold.

The salary arbitration committee (made up of 3 people, including Katsuhiko Mazaki, NPB advisor to the commissioner) will now sit down with both sides on the 21st and determine what the appropriate salary is for Wakui.

Regarding Shibahara's request, Kato told reporters that it was a matter of first determining if Shibahara ever accepted the pay cut and that he wanted detailed information, in writing, about their discussions by the 20th.  Shibahara, through his agent, told reporters that he never accepted the pay cut.  The Hawks responded by saying that they will provide the commissioner with as detailed a report as possible.

UPDATE 1/15 @ 12:01pm - Shibahara and the Hawks will apparently meet today to go over their notes in preparation for the reports they need to submit to the commissioner's office.