Is Seiya Suzuki destined for the American League East?
Suzuki, a five-time all-star in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan, was recently dispatched by Hiroshima Toyo Carp, allowing major league clubs to bid on his services.
The three teams that have most “aggressively” chased Suzuki are all in AL East, Boston Sports Journal’s Sean McAdam reported on Saturday: the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays.
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The Red Sox traded outfield offensive for defense last week when they traded Hunter Renfroe for the Milwaukee Brewers to reunite with Jackie Bradley Jr. on a season with 38 home runs and 88 RBIs in 134 games. He is also a three-time gold glove winner.
Adding Suzuki would allow Boston to keep Alex Verdugo in left field and play either Bradley or KikÃ© Hernandez in midfield, with Hernandez moving to second base when Bradley is in the middle. If the Red Sox don’t bring back outfielder Kyle Schwarber (who reportedly has a robust market for free representation), Suzuki makes a lot of sense in the right field.
Suzuki wouldn’t be cheap, however: Boston would have to pay its posting fee – 20 percent of the first $ 25 million of its contract, 17.5 percent of its next $ 25 million, and 15 percent of the remaining money – on top of a multi-year contract that’s better than what New York or Toronto have to offer.
Major League Baseball began with a lockdown on December 2 that halted all out-of-season activity, so Suzuki’s goal won’t be set until after the lockdown ends. But he and Schwarber are names to watch out for if the lockout ends as Chaim Bloom tries to piece his outfield together.