Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher

Syndicate

Npb Newsbeat

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Notable MLB free agents are signing in Japan and South Korea during lockout; will bigger names follow?

The holiday weekend alone saw third baseman Rio Ruiz, a veteran of parts of six big-league seasons, and Chris Gittens, who appeared in 16 games with the New York Yankees, sign with Asian league teams. They join a growing list of departees that includes Yasiel Puig, Freddy Galvis, Ivan Nova, and so on. Former Pirates top prospect Gregory Polanco was also reportedly close to a deal in Japan. It’s enough to make a casual observer wonder: is there an exodus underway, and could even bigger names flock overseas if MLB’s lockout endures into the spring?

“I’m actually not sure that is the case,” an Asian league scout told CBS Sports when asked if players seemed more willing to move to Japan or South Korea. “I’d like it to be, I thought it might be, but it looks a little ‘business as usual’ to me.”

To the scout’s point, the most notable players heading to Asia have had extenuating circumstances surrounding their exits. Puig, for example, had trouble landing a MLB contract even before he settled a civil lawsuit alleging he had sexually assaulted a woman. Galvis, meanwhile, signed a contract that could pay him up to $6 million over two seasons, a fair amount more than he would’ve received in the majors. As for Polanco … well, even MLB front-office types aren’t sure how to explain that one.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 29, 2021 at 02:47 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, kbo, korean league, npb

Friday, December 03, 2021

Masahiro Tanaka to remain with NPB’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for 2022 season

Earlier this week, Major League Baseball’s owners voted to lock out the players, bringing the league’s offseason to a halt. Just because MLB is on ice until a new Collective Bargaining Agreement can be ratified by both sides doesn’t mean other leagues around the world are paused.

To wit, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball announced on Friday that veteran starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will return to the club for the 2022 season, according to Yahoo! Japan.

Tanaka, 33 years old, is best known to American audiences for the seven seasons he spent as a member of the New York Yankees rotation. Prior to signing a seven-year contract with the Yankees worth $155 million ahead of the 2014 season, he had spent seven years as a member of Rakuten’s roster.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2021 at 04:49 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, masahiro tanaka, npb

 

 

BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Mike Emeigh
for his generous support.

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogNBA 2021-2022 Season Thread
(2095 - 9:35pm, Jan 24)
Last: Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus

NewsblogBaseball Hall of Fame tracker 2022
(1148 - 9:31pm, Jan 24)
Last: dark

NewsblogBest baseball movies based on a true story
(2 - 9:26pm, Jan 24)
Last: Barry`s_Lazy_Boy

NewsblogMLBPA drops age-based free agency proposal as negotiations on new labor deal continue: Source
(10 - 9:24pm, Jan 24)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogFrontier League adds sudden-death tiebreaker to extra-innings games in 2022
(3 - 9:08pm, Jan 24)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

Hall of Merit2023 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(138 - 8:10pm, Jan 24)
Last: Chris Cobb

NewsblogOT - NHL Thread
(77 - 8:04pm, Jan 24)
Last: The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV)

NewsblogTom Goodwin, former Boston Red Sox coach, says MLB bullied coaches into getting COVID-19 vaccine: ‘There was no choice’
(86 - 7:22pm, Jan 24)
Last: Mefisto

NewsblogRobot umpires at home plate moving up to Triple-A for 2022
(38 - 7:12pm, Jan 24)
Last: John Northey

NewsblogOT - 2021 NFL thread
(238 - 6:32pm, Jan 24)
Last: Tom Nawrocki

NewsblogBraves, A’s Discussed Matt Olson Prior To Lockout
(1 - 5:54pm, Jan 24)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogRosenthal: The pressure is mounting — MLB cannot afford to lose games this season
(61 - 4:55pm, Jan 24)
Last: Jack Sommers

NewsblogOT Soccer Thread - Domestic Cups, Congested Fixture Lists and Winter Breaks
(270 - 3:06pm, Jan 24)
Last: Bret Sabermatrician

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1895 Ballot
(4 - 2:13pm, Jan 24)
Last: MrC.

NewsblogMLB, union stopped blood testing for HGH due to pandemic
(474 - 1:58pm, Jan 24)
Last: Sleepy was just “inspecting the bunker”, y’all

Page rendered in 0.6979 seconds
53 querie(s) executed