According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Softbank Hawks may be closing in on deals with Dae-Ho Lee (31) and Jason Standridge (35). The Hawks may have offered Lee a two-year deal worth over one billion yen. A separate report by Nishinippon Shimbun from November 22 mentions Softbank preparing what may have been, at the time, a two-year deal worth an estimated 500 million yen for Standridge.
The Hawks may also be looking into Dennis Sarfate (32) as a possible candidate to close.
A JoongAng Ilbo report mentions that Hawks' offer to Lee might be three or more years worth between 1.6 and 1.9 billion yen.
"I have had a lot of things to think about lately. Right now, if I am to return to Japan, there is a good chance it will be with Softbank. They are actively pursuing me and have made me a solid deal. I can feel that they need me. They also have a good chance at winning with me. I think I will be signing a new contract worthy of the Big Boy wthin the next month. I will have good news to reports," Lee said.
Source: JoongAng Ilbo 12/2/2013