The San Francisco Giants failed to recruit a large number of players again. Shorta Imana (30)’s final destination has been decided as the Chicago Cubs.헤라카지노도메인
Local media including USA Today reported on the 10th (Korea time), “The Chicago Cubs have signed a provisional contract with Japanese pitcher Imanaga. The contract will be officially announced after being inspected in Chicago on Friday.”
Imanaga is a left-handed pitcher who represents the Japanese professional baseball league. Over the past eight years, he pitched in 165 games and recorded 64 wins and 50 losses with an ERA of 3.18 and 1021 strikeouts. He was also a member of the World Baseball Classic championship in March last year. He also recorded seven wins, four losses and an ERA of 2.80 in this season, just before entering the league. Analysts say that fastballs with speeds of up to 155 km/h are competitive in both speed and movement.
Initially, contracts of less than $80 million were expected. However, as all starting pitchers have recently signed at high prices, attention is being paid to how much the actual contract will be. MLB.COM said on the 9th, “Imana is expected to receive more than $75 million in five years of Senga Kodaly last off-season, but it will fall short of Snell or Jordan Montgomery’s contract.” Contracts are expected to range from $80 million to $100 million.
Initially, San Francisco seemed the most likely destination. The San Francisco Giants, which failed to recruit Aaron Judge and Carlos Correa a year ago, focused on signing a large-scale contract this winter. However, Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto failed to sign contracts, and Imana participated in the recruitment race, but was eventually pushed back by the Cubs. In recent years, Lee Jung-hoo is the only contract that San Francisco has signed for over 100 million U.S. dollars.
It is all the more painful because he seemed highly likely to be recruited. According to sources, San Francisco is emerging as the winner. Sources told MLB.COM, “Everything points to San Francisco,” adding, “They missed Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Imanaga is not their level of player, but I don’t want to miss it again.” However, the team changed its destination to Chicago rather than San Francisco in just one day.
As Imanaga has a Japanese teammate, it will be easy to adapt. The Cubs hired outfielder Seiya Suzuki for 85 million dollars in the last 2022 season. Suzuki was sluggish in his first season, but he showed a batting average of 0.285 with 20 home runs last year. Having been close to other Japanese players including Ohtani, he is expected to be a big help to Imanaga’s adaptation to the U.S.