The Boston Red Sox agree with Japanese outfielder Masataka Yoshida, 29 years old. The Japanese star became available through the auction system (posting) last week. It’s a five-year pact worth $90MM.
Yoshida Thus, he obtains the highest guarantee of any position player who makes the leap from Japanese professional baseball to the Major Leagues. The record was set by Seiya Suzuki last spring, who signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. It’s perhaps not a coincidence that Yoshida outbids him by a million dollars a year:
It’s a huge gamble for the Red Sox, but they’re prepared to take it and add some much-needed help in the outfield. Yoshida has been one of the best hitters in Japan in recent seasons. He has appeared in NPB for the past seven years and has a career line of .327/.421/.539.
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The 5-foot-1 left-handed hitter has reached base in more than 40% of his plate appearances in each of the past six seasons, and surpassed a 1.000 OPS for the first time in 2022. Yoshida hit .335/.447/ .561 through 508 plate appearances this year.
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