Masatoshi Okada, a catcher who participated in 34 games this season in professional baseball Seibu, has announced that he will remain after exercising the rights of FA = free agent only in Japan.

Okada said on the 30th at the baseball team office in Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture, "I decided to stay in the Lions. I've been doing it since I got it in the draft, so I love Lions." He stated that he would remain on the team after exercising the domestic FA rights acquired in June.

In addition, he is expected to conclude a three-year multi-year contract, "I was told by Hisanobu Watanabe, general manager that I need to be a player, and I got a word that I have a big role in other parts, so I will not do my best as a player. "I can't do it," he said, "I want to do my best as a piece for Lions to become the best in Japan next year."

Okada is 32 years old.

He is the oldest of Seibu's catchers.

He joined the team in 6th place in the draft in 2013, and participated in 34 games this season, which is the 8th year, with a batting average of 10%, 1 minute, 9 home runs, 1 home run, and 2 RBIs.