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[12/24/2013] Yomiuri Giants: Shinnosuke Abe agrees to 600 million yen salary

by on Dec.24, 2013 @ 8:07 pm, under NPB

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

Source: Sponichi 12/24/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/24/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/24/2013