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Salary aribtration hearings for Hideaki Wakui officially begin

by on Jan.21, 2011 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

Salary arbitration hearings for Hideaki Wakui were held today in Tokyo.  Both Wakui and the Lions were asked to present their cases.  Information that was presented today will be used during deliberations that will take place on the 25th.

Wakui appeared at the hearing with his agent.  He reportedly didn't make any mention of how much he wanted, but did say that he was unsatisfied by the Lions' offer of 200M yen (no change over last year).  Wakui pushed the fact that he recorded his 5th consecutive double-digit win season and that he didn't think he should be penalized for a drop in performance after the All-Star break (before the break: 11-5 over 18 starts, after the break: 3-3 over 9 starts).

The Lions really didn't tell reporters about what they mentioned during the hearing, but did say that they managed to communicate their thoughts on the matter.

Both sides will apparently accept whatever amount the Salary Arbitration Committee decides on.