It's hit the time for contract updates in the off season as the current roster is assessed on this year's performances while the 2017 draftees get signed up.
This should give us a bit of an idea as to how much we have on the wage bill. The Dragons were 12th in overall wage in 2017 and with the retirement of Masahiko Morino and Daisuke Yamai's contract running out, there will no doubt be little change to the Dragons rankings in 2018. Just losing those two adds an extra $2,000,000 a year to play with. With few outstanding performers last year, there shouldn't be any massive movers upwards but I'd expect Kyoda, Fukuda, Ogasawara, Suzuki and Kasahara to all get notable increases.
Losing Akasaka and Nomura, former #1 picks, also frees up about $200k.
As this is ongoing, I will be updating this table each day as more information comes to hand. I have included the draftees that have not yet been signed to a contract on this list as well as those that have as we know they'll be getting something eventually. Hopefully by the end of the month we'll have a better picture of what the overall wage bill is and how we'll look in 2018.
For the sake of simplicity and to make it easier to understand I've gone with a straight 100 yen = $1 approach. Please also note that an asterisk denotes farm appearances as that player has not played with the first team. Also note that 未 refers to undecided.
|Hiroshi Suzuki||20||CP||$150,000.00||#1 Pro Draft Pick|
|Sho Ishikawa||18||SP||$70,000.00||#2 Pro Draft Pick|
|Tatsuya Shimizu||18||RP||$60,000.00||#4 Pro Draft Pick|
|Takumi Yamamoto||17||SP||$55,000.00||#6 Pro Draft Pick|
|Akito Okura||23||P||$30,000.00||#1 2017 Development Pick|
|Kento Mark Ishida||22||P||$30,000.00||#2 2017 Development Pick|
|Wataru Takamatsu||18||IF||$60,000.00||#3 Pro Draft Pick|
|Kosuke Ito||18||OF||$55,000.00||#5 Pro Draft Pick|
Data correct as of 19th November 2017