Japanese left-hander Ace, who cried in Korea, posted ML…”Expected Body Price 110.5 Billion, Contract Similar to Senga” U.S. Media

Shota Imanaga, 30, a left-handed pitcher for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Nippon Professional Baseball, will try his hand at Major League Baseball through the posting system.

“Imanaga is expected to apply for posting by the 28th,” according to Japanese media outlet Full Count. Among Japanese pitchers, the main focus is on top ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto (25, Orix) reaching the majors, but Imanaga is also highly regarded as a second or third starter.굿모닝토토 주소

According to MLB Trade Rumors, “At this point, the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Boston Red Sox are interested. Imanaga’s contract is expected to be for five years and $85 million.” In this case, Yokohama’s posting fee (transfer fee) would be $13.87 million (approximately 18 billion won).

Mark Paynesand, a reporter for MLB’s official website, noted that “Major League Baseball officials say Senga Kodai is expected to sign a contract similar to the five-year, $75 million deal he signed with the New York Mets.” Earlier, ESPN had projected Imanaga’s deal at four years and $68 million.

“The two players’ posting periods will overlap (since Yamamoto is posted), but a team that fails to land Yamamoto can at least consider acquiring Imanaga for a few days,” he said. The New York Mets, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels, and Toronto Blue Jays, among other teams with big money to spend, could be interested, he added.

Imanaga appeared in 22 games this season, going 7-4 with a 2.80 ERA and 174 strikeouts in 148 innings pitched. He struck out more batters than Japan’s top ace, Yamamoto (169), who won four straight Pacific League titles.

Last year, he went 11-4 with a 2.26 ERA in 21 games, including three complete games (two shutouts). Imanaga, who made his debut in 2016, has appeared in 164 games (1002⅔ innings) over eight seasons, posting a 64-50 record with a 3.18 ERA and 1021 strikeouts. He reached 1000 career innings and 1000 career strikeouts. Imanaga tops out at 155 mph on his fastball and has a variety of pitches, including a splitter, slider, and curveball.

He has caught the eye of major league scouts in international competitions. Imanaga pitched for Japan at the World Baseball Classic in March, posting a 3.00 ERA (2 earned runs) in three games (6 innings). In Game 1 against South Korea, he pitched four innings in relief of starter Darvish Yu, allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts. Imanaga started the final game against the United States, allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts in two innings.

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