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Thursday, 15th March 2012
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Yomiuri Giants face wage investigation

The Yomiuri Giants, the richest baseball team in Japan, face the prospect of an investigation by the professional league after claims that they consistently broke the wage limit.

A Japanese newspaper claimed that the Giants paid wages above the salary cap of 150 million yen (£1.15 million) between 1997 and 2004, Reuters reported.

Nippon Professional Baseball, known in Japan as Puro Yakyu, is now looking at the case to see if further investigation is required, but the team deny any misdemeanour took place.

In a statement published by the news agency, the Giants said: "The maximum amount (of salary) is not a cap, it is more of a rough guideline. We have broken no rules."

According to the Asahi report, star pitcher Koji Uehara was paid 500 million yen (£3.83 million) during the 1998 season and Shinnosuke Abe, a catcher, received twice that amount in 2000.

Uehara now pitches for the Texas Rangers alongside Yu Darvish, who became the most expensive player in history when he moved from the Nippon Ham Fighters in January for a total of $112 million (£71 million) including the posting fee and his contract.

Written by Mark Smith

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