Kenji Akashi spoke to reporters after fall camp practice on November 13 and indicated that he was not going to use his domestic free agent option. He said even though he wanted to talk to other teams, he decided to stay because he wanted to play for a strong team and felt there was still something for him to accomplish with the Softbank Hawks.
[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:34pm]
The Softbank Hawks may have offered Akashi a multi-year deal.
Akashi earned his domestic option in May. The Hawks reportedly asked him to stay in June.
[UPDATE 12/20 @ 3:05am]
Akashi signed a three-year contract on December 19 that will be worth an estimated 100 million yen in 2018 (up forty-five million yen from this season).