The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they finalized a contract with Hideaki Wakui on January 29. Wakui reached out to Lotte on January 27. The two sides worked out a framework last year and Wakui’s agent finalized the details.
The Marines released the following statement from Wakui:
I signed a contract last night. I had decided I would make a decision by spring camp in Japan when I exercised my free agent option. The time came for a decision and the desire to help Iguchi win a championship with my beloved Marines grew stronger. With the contract signed, my thoughts now are with the Marines. My training has gone well and I feel great. I will do my best to make this a year.
[UPDATE 1/31 @ 4:38pm]
According to media reports from this morning, Wakui agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 200 million yen (down fifty million from last year).