The Yomiuri Giants sat down with Shinnosuke Abe (34) for salary negotiations today and agreed to a two-year contract that will pay the veteran catcher an estimated 600 million yen (up thirty million yen) next season. Abe reportedly declined a fifty million yen raise because he felt he was not yet ready to become the highest paid Japanese player in franchise history.
"I was not satisfied with my post-season performance and I think it is still fresh in everyone's minds. I did ok during the season, but I thought I would show a little concern for my image (laughter). I think [becoming the highest paid Japanese player in franchise history] will be a good motivator for me and I need to keep pushing myself. I think it would not be bad for a pro yakyu player to earn one or two billion yen," Abe said.
Japanese players that have signed for 600 million yen or more
Kazuhiro Sasaki (Yokohama) - 650 million yen in 2004 and 2005
Hideki Matsui (Yomiuri) - 610 million yen in 2002
Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri) - 600 million yen in 2014