For the curious, you can look-up last year's salary figures here.
This should give us a bit of an idea as to how much we have on the wage bill. The retirements of Araki, Asao, Kudo and Iwase have freed up close to $3M just on their own which means more money to go around.
Losing Shunta Wakamatsu also frees up about $250k.
A big raise is expected for Daisuke Matuzaka who has performed well both on and off the field with some outlets suggesting he's in for a $1M salary for next year. If the Dragons want to keep their foreign players from this year, a lot more cash will have to be sunk into investing for their return as Almonte, Garcia and Moya all joined the team on very team friendly deals while Viciedo's best season to date will push up his value and salary expectations.
As this is ongoing, I will be updating this table each day as more information comes to hand. I will also include the salaries of the new draftees as negotiations start to occur. 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 2019.
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.
|Kodai Umetsu||21||RHP||$120,000||2018 Draft Pick|
|Kenshin Kakikoshi||18||LHP||$55,000||2018 Draft Pick|
|Akira Neo||18||IF||$150,000||2018 Draft Pick|
|Kaname Takino||21||OF||$72,000||2018 Draft Pick|
|Kota Ishibashi||18||C||$60,000||2018 Draft Pick|
*Up to date as of 12th November 2018