As mentioned yesterday, the Orix Buffaloes are planning to open contract extension talks with Dae-Ho Lee sometime within the next few days. Waiting until the off-season is an option, but the Buffaloes do not want to risk losing Lee and want to begin discussions as soon as possible.
According to people close to the situation, team official Yoshio Murayama is planning to sign down with Lee and his family over dinner. Money and specifics will not be discussed -- the meeting will be about the two sides exchanging thoughts on future plans. A number of these meetings will be scheduled over the course of the season. The Buffaloes will most likely offer him a multi-year deal (two to three years), but there are some in the organization that would like to see him finish his career in the Orix organization. What the club ultimately offers him will most likely depend on how well the initial meetings go.
In addition to all of this, Sports Hochi adds that Orix may also have their eye on KBO reliever Seung-Hwan Oh. He is scheduled to earn his domestic FA option this year, but will not be able to sign with teams outside of Korea unless he is posted. If he does get posted, having Lee on the team could make Orix an attractive potential destination.