Chihiro Kaneko (30) earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.
"When I first turned pro, I never thought I'd be able to get my FA option. I am grateful to the managers and coaches that allowed me to get to where I am. While it is true that I earned the option, I am only thinking about the current season right now," said Kaneko to reporters.
Team official Ryuzo Setoyama met the ace on the 23rd and told him the Buffaloes wanted him back in 2014.
"We will do what we can," said Setoyama. "I told him that we'd like him to stick around beyond next season as well. We will sit down at the negotiating table when that time comes. It's all about timing."
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/24/2014