Seiya Suzuki is potentially available to MLB Teams upon completion of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Season. The season will come to a stop the end of this month.
The 27-year-old plays right field. Internationally, he has shined on the diamond, earning MVP honors at the 2019 WBSC Premier 12 tournament. Suzuki has been nominated as an NPB All-Star five times.
In the 2021 season, in 131 games, Suzuki produced a career high in OPS 1.079 and hit a career high 38 home runs. Out of 13 tries, Suzuki stole nine bases. He is an intelligent base runner. Suzuki is a disciplined right handed batter who hits with force; he earned more walks than strikeouts. From a defensive outlook, he has produced 24 assists.
He has a powerful arm. The team that chooses him will benefit having him in their clubhouse. Suzuki equates to the Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr.
When Suzuki’s posting window opens, he will face off with free agent Starling Marte as the top available outfielder this winter.
Who will sign Suzuki?
The Mets could sign Suzuki, depending on Michael Conforto who is now a free agent. Without knowing who takes over as new manager, it is challenging to know if interested in Suzuki.
The Texas Rangers are another possibility. The Rangers have scouting communications with NPB. In the 2021 season, the Texas Rangers came in last place in the American League in home runs by right handed batters. They could benefit from him being in their lineup in 2022.
Keep an eye out to see where Suzuki signs. When the Carp post Suzuki, MLB teams are allotted 30 days to settle on contract terms.
At the earliest, there is the possibility of a deal in December.
What Is The Pay
Carp receives 20% of the first guaranteed $25 million, contract, 17.5% of the next $25 million, 15% of any amount over $50 million. Suzuki could earn a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal.
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