Outfielder Seiya Suzuki will be posted on Monday by the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball and will be available to all 30 MLB teams.
According to the carp mail Suzuki, the 27-year-old has 30 days to negotiate a contract. If an agreement is not reached in that window of time, he will not be able to sign with an MLB team until the next off-season.
Under the MLB-NPB transfer agreement, the Carp would pay a transfer fee equal to 20% of the first $ 25 million of guaranteed contract value plus 17.5 percent of the next $ 25 million plus 15 percent of any amount over $ 50 million. Dollars received.
A right-hander who has drawn comparisons to Braves superstar Ronald Acuña Jr., Suzuki has hit career highs with 38 homers and 1,079 OPS in 131 games in 2021. Suzuki has had a career of .315 / .415 / over nine NPB seasons. 571 slashes with 182 homers, so five all-star teams. He also represented Japan at the 2017 World Baseball Classic and the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, and won the MVP award at the 2019 WBSC Premier12 tournament.
According to MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, the Rangers and Mets are among the teams who could be chasing Suzuki.
Texas has close scouting ties with NPB after signing Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish in 2012 and is in need of right-handers after finishing bottom of right-handers in the American League in homers in 2021.
The Mets meanwhile have an outfield hole that they can fill with Michael Conforto as a free agent. Your new general manager, Billy Eppler, has been involved in signing several NPB free agents in the past. Eppler was the GM of the Angels when the team landed two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani in 2017 and was part of the Yankees’ front office for the acquisitions of pitcher Kei Igawa in 2006 and Masahiro Tanaka in 2014.
Corresponding MLB network insider Joel Shermanif the collective bargaining agreement expires on December 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET without a new agreement being reached, Suzuki’s negotiating window would be frozen and it would resume once a new collective bargaining agreement is signed.