The Red Sox are among one of up to 13 teams to have scouted NPB ( Japanese League) star Seiya Suzuki, according to multiple reports. The Hiroshima Carp outfielder is regarded as one of the top talents in Japan. And MLB Scouts have no issue regarding him as someone who would be a top OF free agent during this 2021-22 hot stove season. 

The Cost

The Carp plan to make Suzuki available to major league clubs this winter via the posting system. Coming off a season in which the 27-year-old right handed outfielder slashed a .319/.436/.644 line. To go along with 38 home runs in just 530 plate appearances. Between his age, the numbers he has put up in NPB, and scouts believing  he could immediately step in as an “above-average” major league right fielder. Suzuki could command a five-year, $55MM contract. An investment that would cost an MLB team $65.125MM. After accounting for the posting fee that would be owed to the Carp. Were Suzuki to land a contract of this size and join an MLB roster. 

Red Sox GM Chaim Bloom said in a press conference on Tuesday that the Sox were looking to “get deeper.” (Code for Don’t Hold your breath on big free agent signings.) A contract of this size for a sure fire starting caliber right fielder with this good of a stick? Could be a good first step in that depth program. 

 

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