Nippon Ham Fighters infielder Michihiro Ogasawara re-signed Friday for an unchanged annual salary of 400 million yen, officials of the Pacific League club said.
Ogasawara, who marked a .300 or better average for the fifth straight season and helped Japan claim the bronze medal at the Athens Olympics in August, was pleased with the outcome.
“I have nothing new to say (about the outcome of the negotiation). I’m satisfied,” Ogasawara said.
Meanwhile, Nippon Ham outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo, whose two-year deal comes to an end next season, renewed his contract for an unchanged 80 million yen plus performance-related incentives, and pitcher Yusaku Iriki re-signed with the Fighters for 70 million yen.
Elsewhere, Hiroshima Carp outfielder Shigenobu Shima received a whopping 550 percent pay raise for a yearly salary of 45.5 million yen after his stellar performance this past season.
Like father like son
Kyodo News Yakult Swallows outfielder Alex Ramirez completed talks on Friday on an agreement on a three-year package for an annual salary of 300 million yen with performance-related incentives and will be joined on the Central League team by his 21-year-old stepson Alex Ramirez Jr., who signed a three-year deal for a yearly salary of 4.4 million yen.
Meanwhile, former Anaheim Angels infielder Adam Riggs signed a one-year deal with Yakult for an annual salary of 38 million yen, while right-hander Dickey Gonzalez will also remain with the Central League team.
Tani won’t bite
KOBE (Kyodo) Outfielder Yoshitomo Tani has refused to accept an offer for a 20 million yen pay raise from the Orix Buffaloes until a conflict between the newly merged Pacific League club and pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is resolved.
Tani, who has been offered an annual salary of 290 million yen plus performance-related incentives worth 40 million yen, is the second player after Orix pitcher Hidetaka Kawagoe to remain undecided on a deal because Iwakuma has refused to play for the new team.
Iwase inks deal
NAGOYA (Kyodo) Chunichi Dragons lefty Hitoki Iwase re-signed with the Central League club for an annual salary of 230 million yen — up 30 million yen from last season, club sources said Friday.
Meanwhile, right-hander Dan Miceli, who pitched for the Houston Astros this past season, has joined the Yomiuri Giants on a one-year deal carrying an annual salary of $1.7 million, officials of the Central League club said.
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