Chihiro Kaneko (31) spoke to reporters after fan appreciation day at Kyocera Dome earlier today and said he was not planning to ask the Orix Buffaloes to post him this off-season (he already informed the organization). He did not deny an interest in playing in the Majors and added that things could change after the 2015 season if his desire to head overseas grows.
Kaneko's choices now are to either re-sign with the Orix Buffaloes or sign with another NPB team.
[UPDATE 11/25 @ 12:47am]
Kaneko did not give a reason for why he decided not to ask Orix to post him this off-season. It is possible he was satisfied with Orix's latest offer. The organization could have also agreed to consider posting him after a year based on performance. If Kaneko decides to leave, it could be that he wanted to try his luck with another team.
Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014
The notes below are what I was planning to post he announced that he was not going to ask Orix to post him. Some of the information is still pertinent.
- The Orix Buffaloes may have offered Kaneko a deal that was better than three-years at 1.5 billion yen during their meeting with his agent on the 21st. Negotiations lasted about four hours. The Buffaloes came away from the meeting feeling somewhat positive. Orix may have offered Kaneko a three-year deal at one billion yen during negotiations that took place during the season. They met him three times after the season (before he exercised his option) and pushed their offer up to three years at 1.5 billion yen. Negotiations on the 21st was the first they had with Kaneko's new agent. They likely made two offers: a one-year deal at over five million yen and a three-year offer at over 1.5 billion yen. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014, Daily Sports 11/24/2014 ... The Buffaloes could be willing to do a one-year deal with the possibility of posting after the 2015 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014 ... The Buffaloes may have upped their offer from three years at 1.2 billion to four years at 1.6 billion yen. Source: Sanspo 11/24/2014
- The Hanshin Tigers could be willing to pay at least 500 million yen a season to sign Kaneko. They may also be willing to consider posting him after his second year. They might keep his base salary low the first year, close to the 200 million he made this season, and pad it with enough incentives to push it to 500 million. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014