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Softbank Hawks: Hitoshi Tamura agrees to 1-year deal worth 180M yen

by on Jan.28, 2011 @ 10:53 pm, under NPB

Hitoshi Tamura agreed to a 1-year deal worth 180M yen (up 80M yen) plus incentives today.

The Hawks reportedly offered Tamura a multi-year deal, but he turned it down because he feels one year deals lead to better performances.

UPDATE 1/29 @ 2:10pm - According to Nikkan Sports, the Hawks offered Tamura a 1-year deal and a 4-year deal and the 1-year deal apparently had a higher base salary.

5 comments on “Softbank Hawks: Hitoshi Tamura agrees to 1-year deal worth 180M yen

  1. Tim

    I don’t really get this. Didn’t he want to have a multi-year deal so that he can bring his family to Fukuoka?

    1. Gen Post author

      I don’t really understand it either. There was a lot of talk of him possibly signing a 4-year deal, but maybe he decided he wanted to keep his options open.

  2. muratafan

    Wow! Great deal for the Hawks, not so much for Tamura. There’s not that many power hitters in NPB who can also hit for average. A little bit baffled by this one, to be sure. I thought Tamura could’ve done a little bit better. I thought some MLB teams were looking at Tamura? I can’t believe that’s all he got!

  3. Jim

    That’s insane that Tamura took something that low, but then again it seems the terms of the incentives were not disclosed, so he could earn a lot more than just 180 million.

    1. Gen Post author

      Based on what’s been said in the media over the last couple of months regarding the Hawks’ new salary assessment system, I’m guessing he can stand to make a lot more if he has another good season. So maybe the one year deal had something to do with him wanting to see how things operate under the new system.

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