Thirty-three-year-old Koji Aoyama has decided not to exercise his international free agent option and will stay with the Rakuten Eagles. The Eagles released the following statement from Aoyama:
The biggest reason [for not using my option] is because I love the Rakuten Eagles.
I feel strongly about the team because of the cheering fans and the helpful team staff.
[The Eagles] allowed me to pitch this year. I hope I can do more next season to help.
I want to toss Nashida-kantoku into the air.
Source: Rakuten announcement