Tetsuya Utsumi did not exercise his domestic FA option and will remain with the Yomiuri Giants for at least one more year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2012
Kohei Oda met with the Chunichi Dragons on Monday and was disappointed by negotiations. He was offered 32.4M yen (down 3.6M yen) for the 2013 season.
"I have my rights as well. What time is the deadline tomorrow? ... They spoke to me as if they did not need me. If they want me to stay, there should be something they can say or do that makes me feel valuable. ... I am not trying to turn this into a money game."
"If they are thinking, 'We need you,' then there must be words or a value they can use to express it. There was none of that during our conversation. ... I have rights."
"What time is the deadline [tomorrow]? ... I am not satisfied. Our concepts for my salary next year were different, everything was off. I felt as if they did not need me. It really did not seem like they wanted me to stay. ... I do not think of free agency as a way to get teams to pay more, but I do not know what will happen..."