Yomiuri Giants right-hander Koji Uehara got a massive 104 million yen pay boost after agreeing to a new 210 million yen deal in a second round of talks with the Central League club Wednesday.
The 27-year-old won a second Sawamura Award this season after leading the CL with 17 wins this year and had an ERA of 2.60.
He spurned the Giants’ original offer of 190 million yen in the first round of talks but was still not entirely happy with the contract.
“I would be smiling more if I was totally satisfied with this deal,” said Uehara.
In other deals, right-hander Daisuke Miura, who filed for free agency last month, re-signed with the Yokohama BayStars for a six-year 1.2 billion yen deal, plus incentives.
Yakult Swallows infielder Akinori Iwamura agreed on a new 130 million yen deal, a pay increase of 45 million yen.
In other news, The Yomiuri Giants have acquired southpaw Gary Rath from South Korean pro league club Doosan Bears, Yomiuri officials said Wednesday.
The 29-year-old began playing in the South Korean League last year and posted an impressive 16-8 record in one season with Doosan.
The Giants also signed right-hander Matthew Randel, who spent two years with the Daiei Hawks between 1999 and 2001, but made only one mound appearance.
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