MLB posting strategy of Imanaga, a teammate of the Japanese national team who is “highly likely to be $200 million”, “wise choice”

MLB posting strategy of Imanaga, a teammate of the Japanese national team who is “highly likely to be $200 million”, “wise choice”

Japan’s top left-handed pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), Shota Imanaga (30, Yokohama BayStars), will apply for the posting system (sealed competitive bidding) next week to begin his quest to reach Major League Baseball (MLB).토토사이트

“Imana will officially apply for posting on the 28th,” Japan’s Nikkan Sports reported on Thursday.

Here’s Imanaga’s “strategy” for the post.

The biggest question for Major League Baseball (MLB) this offseason is where Shohei Ohtani will end up. Yamamoto is the next most sought-after pure pitching free agent.

Imanaga decided to apply for the post a week apart to avoid competition from Yoshinobu Yamamoto (25-Oryx Buffaloes).

According to MLB.com, Yamamoto began negotiations with MLB clubs at 8 a.m. ET on Nov. 21 (10 p.m. PT on Nov. 21). Negotiations are set to conclude by 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 4, 2024 (7 a.m. ET on Jan. 5).

More than 10 teams are said to be interested in signing Yamamoto, including the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Francisco Giants.

Yamamoto is expected to break Masahiro Tanaka’s all-time Asian record of seven years and $155 million when he signed with the New York Yankees in 2014. The Athletic, CBS Sports, and other local media in the U.S. are predicting that “any team that wants to sign Yamamoto will have to offer him a seven-year, $200 million (approximately 260.6 billion won) contract.”

Imanaga is also a starter in Nippon Professional Baseball. In 22 appearances this season, he has a 7-4 record with a 2.80 ERA. Imanaga, who is known for his hard-hitting fastball that tops 150 kilometers per hour, has a 64-50 record with a 3.18 ERA in the NPB since his debut in 2016. He helped Japan win the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March, sharing the mound with Shohei Ohtani and Darvish Yu (San Diego Padres).

MLB clubs have been monitoring Yamamoto’s performance this season, as well as Imanaga’s, in order to gather information about him.

“Yamamoto’s status will likely affect the status of other MLB starting pitchers, including Imanaga,” said Nikkan Sports, “and it was wise for Imanaga to wait a week to apply for the post.” Teams that lost out on Yamamoto could jump in and raise the price tag on Imanaga.

“Some teams may not enter the bidding for Yamamoto, which is expected to total $200 million, and consider Imanaga, who is rated as a second- to fourth-round pick, to be their top priority,” Nikkan Sports said.

ESPN ranked Imanaga No. 11 on its Top 50 free agent list on Tuesday. He is expected to sign a four-year, $68 million contract.

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