Keisuke Tanimoto held a press conference today and announced that he decided not to use his free agent option. The Dragons posted the following comment from Tanimoto:
I have decided not to use my FA option and will stay with the Dragons. I thought about this for a long time and I feel satisfied with my decision.
I was traded during the season and even though I had an FA option, the Dragons told me they needed me and that struck a chord and became a deciding factor.
It has only been three or four months since the trade. It would not necessarily be true if I said I was able to properly do my job during that. I feel bad about betraying the fans expectations and will do my best to do well next year.
The team also had a disappointing season this year. I will do what I can to help make a strong team that can make a winner out of Shigekazu Mori next year. I look forward to your passionate cheers next year.
Tanimoto told the media during his press conference that when he thought about where he wanted to retire, he felt being close to home was important.
[UPDATE 11/18 @ 2:16am]
The Dragons announced that they signed Tanimoto to a new contract. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a two-year deal. Tanimoto’s salary next season will be an estimated eighty-five million yen (down fifteen million yen from this season).