CFC received a new 3 year deal worth ~ 10 million (10,010,000) NT a year (~$301 K USD), making him still the CPBL's highest paid player. CFC agreed to waive his third year salary should the Bears or the league find itself in a financial bind.
Chia Chia received a 25% increase in his annual salary and will make ~$145 K USD (4.8 million NT) in 2009; Chia Chia is the second highest paid non-pitcher in the league (Lions RHP Wei-Lun Pan is the second highest paid player in the league - he'll make 500 K NT/month (6 million NT/year) in 2009.
Tough break for the NT: potential staff ace Wei-Yin Chen will not be participating in the WBC. Despite being selected to the preliminary WBC NT roster, Chen cited last season's struggles in the NPB after the Beijing Olympics as the reason for withdrawing his name from consideration. Another lefty, Si-Yo Wu has also declined to participate in the WBC.
The junior HS tourney: the Kang-Tu Cup has kicked off.
At the Yankees clinic, the NYY coaches said that the Taiwanese players are being overtrained (pitchers jog for an hour and throw 120 pitch bullpen sessions). A major disappointment in the camp: not many Taiwanese HS coaches have attended the camp.
Fly in the Spider Web: Baseball Fly is back at it again. The latest post calls BS on agent Jerry Sung regarding his client Chih-Lung Huang. Basically the article says that the agent reported that Huang turned down a $150 K offer from the Texas Rangers in 2007 and then a $125 K offer from the same team last year. Baseball Fly reported that Jim Colburn (the Texas Rangers Director of Pac-Rim Operations in 2007) stated that Chih-Lung Huang was only offered $50 K in 2007.