There were talks of Akinori Otsuka (41) finalizing a deal with the Shinano Grandserows later this month, but it now seems that will not happen until early June. Otsuka still needs some more time to square things away in San Diego and Shinano's schedule later this month is full with the team heading overseas to Hawaii for the Route Inn Cup Series.
"There is no doubt that [Otsuka] has decided to sign with Shinano. The official contract [will be signed] in early June," said team president Kesaharu Misawa.
Source: Sponichi 5/18/2013