Ginjiro Sumitani has decided not to use his international free agent option. He informed the Seibu Lions of his decision on November 12. Sumitani finished the second year of a two-year contract and considered exercising his option for a chance to talk to other teams, but ultimately decided to stay put because of his love for the team.
Sumitani sat down with the Lions twice after the season. He will most likely sign a one-year contract, even though he was reportedly offered another two-year deal.