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.
[UPDATE 12/5 @ 3:10am]
Sumitani agreed to a one-year deal worth 110 million yen (up ten million yen from this season). He was also offered a two-year deal, but opted for a one-year deal. During a press conference on December 4, Sumitani said he wanted to have another good season to secure an even better multi-year deal.