Thirty-three-year-old Hirotoshi Masui held a press conference at the Nippon Ham Fighters offices in Sapporo today and announced he was going to use his domestic free agent option. He told the media the Fighters are still an option since they told him they wanted him to stay during earlier negotiations. He wants to play for as long as possible and is looking for a long-term deal.
A number of teams, including Yomiuri and Orix, are said to be interested in Masui.
[UPDATE 11/15 @ 1:37am]
The Fighters posted an announcement on their official web site.
Source: Nippon Ham 11/15/2017
[UPDATE 11/15 @ 1:47pm]
The Buffaloes might build off a four-year contract.
The Fighters’ offer may have been two years at a total over 440 million yen (Masui made an estimated 220 million yen this year).