The Nippon Ham Fighters officially announced today that they signed Hideki Kuriyama to a one-year extension for the 2014 season. While the timing of the announcement is a bit unusual, the extension comes as no real surprise, especially after how instrumental Kuriyama was in getting 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani to sign with the team.
The Fighters released the following statement from Kuriyama:
I decided to accept [the extension] after seriously considering whether or not it was good for the team. In leaving the announcement up to the team, they decided now was a good time because they wanted me to focus on the season. Responsbility increases over time, so this makes me once again realize just how heavy the burden of responsibility is.
Source: official announcement