The Hanshin Tigers and closer Kyuji Fujikawa agreed Wednesday to a new deal worth an estimated annual salary of 280 million yen, up 100 million yen from 2007, plus performance incentives.
Fujikawa got the hefty pay raise after earning a Japanese baseball single-season record-tying 46 saves with a 1.63 ERA last season. He will sign the deal after the team begins spring training on Friday in Ginoza, Okinawa Prefecture.
''Fujikawa posted great results the past three seasons,'' senior club official Shoji Numazawa said, adding there was no talk on Fujikawa's desire to pitch in the major leagues with his agent Hironari Hashioka this time.
In the previous two rounds of talks this offseason, Fujikawa asked the front office to give him a chance to pitch in the majors in the near future under the posting system.
Hanshin owner Tsuneaki Miyazaki and president Nobuo Minami have said they cannot accept his request.
''Now that I've agreed to terms on the new deal, I just concentrate on baseball and try to meet fans' expectations,'' Fujikawa said in Okinawa.