The potential Yankees target is still determined to play in MLB despite being locked out


Despite the fact that there was no collective bargaining agreement before the league-imposed Feb. 28 deadline (later pushed back to March 1), potential New York Yankees and Mets target Seiya Suzuki remains adamant in being in the big ones playing leagues rather than in his native Japan, according to The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, MLB has agreed to freeze Sukuki’s 30-day signing window pending a new CBA deal, which may or may not materialize soon and is entirely dependent on negotiations between the league and the Players Association.

Commissioner Rob Manfred has already canceled the first two series of the season and unless an agreement is reached soon, more games could be scrapped from the calendar. The Yankees, like every other team in MLB, are working on schedule changes and ticketing policies following the recent news.

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Said Baggarly Suzuki, a potential fit in the Yankees’ outfield if they decide to splash the cash after the lockout, is all-in to join the majors.

“Seiya Suzuki’s agent, Joel Wolfe, tells me that the Hiroshima Carp star outfielder is not reevaluating his move to MLB following the (Tuesday) news that games are being cancelled: ‘Seiya is 100% committed to to play in the MLB this year. He has shown remarkable patience and determination,'” he wrote.

In fact, Suzuki could choose to stay in Japan if the season is canceled, but for now he’s still on hold mode because he wants to play in America.

According to Japan’s NJ Advance Media and Nikkan Sports, “The Padres, Cubs, Mariners and Giants are expected to be among the finalists for Suzuki once negotiations resume. … However, the Red Sox, Yankees and Blue Jays … have all also been linked to Suzuki, and Yahoo Japan suggests the Red Sox could be an early favorite.”

Suzuki, 27, hit .309 with 189 homers, 621 RBI and .943 OPS in 1,055 games in Nippon Professional Baseball.


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