After an on-again-off-again sort of negotiation, Chang Yong Lim has agreed to a deal that will keep him in the Yoyogi area of Tokyo. The headlines are calling it a three-year, 1.42 bn yen deal, but read a little more carefully and you'll see that it's really a two-year, 750m yen deal, with a mutual option for year three.
Yakult is reportedly now going after pitcher Young-Soo Bae, of the KBO's Samsung Lions.
I thought Yakult might be a possible landing spot for Marc Kroon, but that's a lot less likely with Lim returning. At this point, Rakuten seems like his best shot at a closing job in 2011.