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Friday, November 9, 2018

2019 Contract Negotiations: Ups and downs

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 2018 draftees get signed up.

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.

As of the 19th, the big mover in the down direction is Katsuki Matayoshi who lost 25% of his salary due to having a down year. Last year he was one of the most reliable, this year, not so much. Raises for young guns Yu Sato and Shotaro Kasahara. Both represented Samurai Japan recently against an MLB selection side and have progressed quite well this year. Shuhei Takahashi too gets a bit raise after having his most successful season to date hitting double digit homeruns and appearing in 100+ games. Masaru Watanabe meanwhile moves up from a development contract to become a fully rostered player. Watanabe was one of the better hitters on the farm last year.

Big hits for bullpen arms as Shinji Tajima and Katsuki Matayoshi got hit hard for their inability to back up previous years' excellence. Yudai Ono too got a hard hit due to his inability to throw anything that would stick over the plate in his limited appearances in the first-team. Among position players Nobumasa Fukuda and Shuhei Takahashi have received large increases with both making their respective positions their own this year taking on plenty of PAs and churning out decent numbers.

Contract extensions were given to Shota Ono and Kazuki Yoshimi with both receiving increases. Ono was an FA last year so I don't really understand why he was signed to a 3-year, $2.5M deal this year, but he has been while Yoshimi similarly received a 2-year, $1.8M deal as he gets a minor premium for being eligible for domestic FA this year and throwing 120+ innings.

Big money and 3 years has been given to Dayan Viciedo as a reward for this good numbers last season while Almonte doubles his money.

Winners are grinners as Shotaro Kasahara picks up
a sizeable raise.
Kazuki Yoshimi34RHP$900k$150k20125.25703.871.273
Keisuke Tanimoto33RHP$850k-89.200014.902.586
Daisuke Matsuzaka38RHP$800k$650k1155.16403.741.488
Shinji Tajima28RHP$700k$400k3028.204157.221.674
Katsuki Matayoshi28RHP$660k$220k4041.12506.531.718
Daisuke Yamai40RHP$620k$100k1062.13604.041.219
Yudai Ono30LHP$600k$200k627.10308.561.866
Joely Rodriguez27LHP$600k$200k2627.10312.301.317
Enny Romero27LHP$500kNew Arrival
Toshiya Okada27LHP$300k$10k2721.11005.061.734
Daisuke Sobue31RHP$290k-5148.22203.141.315
Koji Fukutani27RHP$230k$50k29270105.001.407
Hiroshi Suzuki21RHP$220k$70k53494644.411.489
Shotaro Kasahara23LHP$220k$90k20108.26404.141.371
Shinnosuke Ogasawara21LHP$210k-17107.15604.111.444
Yu Sato25RHP$200k$90k4243.11252.081.154
Yuya Yanagi24RHP$145k-1053.12505.231.444
Junki Ito27RHP$140k$30k1113.22003.951.756
Kento Fujishima19RHP$120k$54k1971.13103.661.374
Ryosuke Oguma28RHP$120k-843.13406.231.408
Akiyoshi Katsuno21RHP$120kNew Arrival
Kodai Umetsu21RHP$120kNew Arrival
Shota Suzuki23RHP$100k$20k28.20005.191.962
Takuya Mitsuma25RHP$100k$20k45.200011.122.118
Raidel Martinez22RHP$100k-721.21306.651.662
Hiroto Fuku26LHP$90k$10k10.10000.003.000
Sho Ishikawa19RHP$70k-110000.000.000
Takuma Achira26RHP$70k$10k18*59.22515.131.689
Yusuke Kinoshita24RHP$70k$28k1416.20005.401.560
Tatsuya Shimizu19RHP$70k-220009.002.500
Taisuke Maruyama23RHP$60k$15k*110009.002.000
Tatsuro Hamada24LHP$60k$20k*220000.001.000
Tomohiro Hamada26LHP$56.3k-*811.20001.540.982
Kenshin Kakikoshi18LHP$55kNew Arrival
Takumi Yamamoto18RHP$55k-120000.001.500
Akito Okura24RHP$30k-*11141105.791.714
Kento Mark Ishida23RHP$30k--------

Position PlayerAgeRoleWageUp/DownGBAABHRRBISBOPS
Dayan Viciedo29IF$3.6M$1.9M1350.348512269930.974
Yohei Oshima33OF$1.8M-1410.283588757210.697
Ryosuke Hirata30OF$1.8M$600k1380.32949395580.866
Zoilo Almonte29OF$1M$500k1320.321498157710.861
Shota Ono31C$1M$450k630.21513721000.603
Atsushi Fujii37OF$500k-960.24114533000.649
Steven Moya27OF$500k-460.3019331600.787
Nobumasa Fukuda30IF$470k$110k1330.261440136300.727
Yota Kyoda24IF$450k$50k1430.235632444200.572
Shuhei Takahashi24IF$350k$185k1280.254433116900.705
Naomichi Donoue29IF$300k-740.213470600.491
Kyohei Kamezawa30IF$260k-1100.2861850850.669
Masato Matsui31C$200k-920.22921822200.622
Akira Neo18IF$150kNew Arrival
Shota Sugiyama27C$150k$50k*490.230740510.654
Shingo Takeyama34C$150k-300.068440600.267
Yusuke Matsui31OF$150k$10k170.136220000.273
Takuya Kinoshita26C$100k$20k160.120251200.494
Ariel Martinez22C$100k-*390.239940900.605
Toshiki Abe28IF$95k$5k180.217230400.656
Issei Endo27OF$90k$30k20.00010000.000
Iori Katsura27C$90k$23k*310.295441200.690
Masataka Iryo29OF$72k$18k*600.24316911420.644
Kaname Takino21OF$72kNew Arrival
Hiroki Kondo25OF$70k$11k50.00040000.000
Shota Tomonaga 27OF$65k$5k*890.1842120950.522
Kota Ishibashi18C$60kNew Arrival
Wataru Takamatsu19IF$60k-*30.00020000.000
Ryota Ishioka26IF$60k$10k*730.26619931260.644
Taiki Mitsumata26IF$60k$10k*900.17622111700.504
Hayato Mizowaki24IF$60k$5k*900.27631911650.665
Shun Ishikawa28IF$60k-10.00010000.000
Takuma Kato26C$55k-*610.1931140710.468
Kosuke Ito19OF$55k-*930.19823721540.494
Masami Ishigaki20IF$54k-*1000.18332812430.490
Masaru Watanabe25OF$50k$20k*680.24413521160.694

Players Released/Retired
Araki and Iwase wave goodbye.

Dillon Gee32RHP-$1.7M4270304.00
Hitoki Iwase44LHP-$750k48352034.67
Takuya Asao34RHP-$560k109.10004.82
Onelki Garcia28LHP-$500k27168.213902.99
Shunta Wakamatsu23RHP-$250k*522.11106.04
Shu Yoshida22RHP-$30k------
Mikihiro Nishihama25RHP-$30k------
Masashi Yamamoto24RHP-$30k------

Position PlayerAgeRoleWageUp/DownGBAHRRBIOPSSB
Masahiro Araki40IF-$700k520.268130.6550
Takahito Kudo37OF-$210k730.133010.3213
Tetsuya Tani33IF-$130k30.000000.0000
Kei Nomoto34IF/OF-$98k80.125010.3750

*Data correct as of 19th December 2018

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