Tigers OF Wei-Chu Lin received a pay cut after missing most of the season. Lin made 45 million yen last year and will earn 38 million yen ($406 K USD) in 2009.
The special draft won't be held until after the investigation into the T-Rex scandal is completed by the . Former Chinatrust players feel it's unfair for them to have to wait.
Next season, the CPBL season will start on 3/28. Each team will play 120 games (up from 100 games in the past). Also teams will bump up their roster size to 28 (from 25) - with a max of 3 foreign players.
Of all the overseas players that got released this past year, only LHP YC Lin, INF CH Huang, & OF CH Wen want to join the CPBL right away. However for Huang & Wen, the will need to resolve their first.
*NT Training Session:
RHP CM Chiang topped out at 87 in a bullpen session.
The Yomiuri Giants have allowed youngsters Yu-Hung Lee and Yi-Hao Lin to join the winter training session.
Manager Yeh is unhappy with how some MLB teams are not letting their Taiwanese players participate in the winter training session and potentially the WBC (ie HC Kuo, CL Hu, CH Lin, WY Lin, and CH Chiang). Yeh said that if these teams do not cooperate for the WBC, he'll consider getting the military bureau to void these players' military waiver that they were given.
*HS Wood Bat Tourney:
Chung-Dao HS won 3-1 over Tung-Shih HS. RHP Yu-Te He pitched 3 innings of relief (1H, 1K, 1 BB), picking up the save for Chung-Dao. He also was 1-3 with a triple at the plate. Teammate MC Lin was 1-3 with a RBI while playing 1B.
Ping-Zhen HS beat Da-Tung HS 10-2 in 8 innings.
Shi-Yuan HS beat Taichung Gao-Nong HS 4-3. SY HS RHP Po-Chen Chi picked up the save after pitching the 9th inning (allowing 1 unearned run on 0 hits, 2 K's/1 BB). Teammate 3B Meng-Chieh Kan was 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI while 1B Sheng-Po Yu was 3-3 with a double and 2 RBI. For GN HS, RHP Cheng-Hao Wang threw the last 2 innings, giving up 1 unearned run (0 hits, 2 BB's, 3 K's). Heralded Gao-Nong batsmen 3B Chin-De Chang was 1-3 while 1B Wei-Da Su was 1-4.
Cheng-Kung HS won 2-1 over Taitung JC.
Qiang-Shu HS blanked Tainan Marine Vocational HS 4-0.
Agent Jerry Sung has been contacting MLB teams claiming that he represents former Whales LHP Fu-Te Ni and Chung-Dao HS RHP Ming-Chie Lin.