The other day you could read a blog post here about the uncertain future of Wladimir Balentien with the Yakult Swallows. The Swallows made clear that they may not resign Balentien to a new contract due to concerns about his defense and erratic hitting, combined with his high salary. The Swallows have to deal with the rising salary of second baseman Tetsuto Yamada. Next to these salary concerns, the club may be interested in outfielder Ryosuke Hirata of the Chunichi Dragons if he exercises his free agent option.
But according to Sanspo.com the Swallows may be willing to sign him to a long term contract, but it all depends on his demands. The Swallows may also be concerned about his health that has been feeble as of late, mainly because several muscle strains that he suffered from. The Yakult Swallows understand that it will be hard to replace a hitter like Balentien.
This year is his sixth season with the Yakult Swallows. So far he is hitting .277 with 31 homeruns in 128 games.
But Valentin says that he wants to finish his career with the Yakult Swallows. “The Swallows made it possible for me to play in Japan, a country that I regard as my second home now. I am thankful for the opportunity that the Swallows gave to me.”
Knowing that the Swallows don’t want to let him go and knowing that Balentien wants to finish his career with the team, it may mean that both parties have to lower their demands a bit to reach an agreement.