The Softbank Hawks indicated to reporters on Friday that they will try to convince Toshiya Sugiuchi from to stay in Fukuoka, if possible.
"We would like him to finish his career with the Hawks," said team official Itaru Kobayashi. "We want to do our best to close the gap. We would like to be flexible in our talks with him and try to bridge together our ways of thinking."
Sugiuchi is scheduled to attend tomorrow's championship parade. Owner Masayoshi Son and acting owner Kazuhiko Kasai may also try to speak to Sugiuchi (Kasai and Sugiuchi are already set to ride in the same car during the parade). While the team will not move away from their incentive-based salary structure, they may be willing to up the totals on the max amount he can make from 1.6B to 2B yen (over four years).
On Saturday, Sugiuchi once against voiced his concern for the incentive-based salary structure and is quote saying, "Obviously, players should make more if they do well and less if they do not. But there is no love when salaries drop 40-50% right off the bat. It really is not about my negotiations, but rather the younger players."