The Seibu Lions announced today that they agreed to terms with 2nd round draft pick Makoto Aiuchi. His contract is worth an estimated 6.3 million yen and also includes a seventy million yen signing bonus. He has been assigned the number seventy-one.
Aiuchi almost missed out on his opportunity to play for Seibu when he was caught speeding and driving without a proper license in December last year. But he accepted his punishment and team officials decided to give him a chance because they felt he paid his dues and learned from his mistake. The team is also committed to helping Aiuchi grow into a responsible adult.
UPDATE 3/11 @ 11:30am - Aiuchi had originally agreed to a seven million yen salary, but it was adjusted to 6.3 million, based on the time he missed. He was also originally assigned the number forty-one, which used to be Hisanobu Watanabe's number. Koji Akiyama wore the number seventy-one when he first broke into the pros.
Source: Sanspo 3/11/2013