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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Athletics, Shintaro Fujinami Agree To One-Year Deal

The Athletics have agreed to a one-year contract with right-hander Shintaro Fujinami, reports ESPN’s Jeff Passan (Twitter link). The hard-throwing 28-year-old was posted by the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball back on Dec. 1. His agreement is pending a physical, and the A’s expect to use him out of the rotation, Passan adds.’s Jon Morosi reported not long prior to Passan that the A’s were in ongoing talks with Fujinami’s camp and considered a finalist to sign the righty.

Fujinami was a high school phenom from the same draft class as Shohei Ohtani, incredibly stepping right from high school ball into the Tigers’ rotation and as a 19-year-old rookie and pitching to a 2.75 ERA in 137 2/3 innings as a starter. For several years, he delivered standout results, pitching to a sub-3.00 ERA through his first four seasons as a professional and making the Central League All-Star team in each of those first four campaigns.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 11, 2023 at 04:18 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. A triple short of the cycle Posted: January 12, 2023 at 05:55 PM (#6113008)
Fujinami’s deal contains a $3.25MM guarantee, tweets USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. That’ll come with a 20% posting fee of $650K to be paid out to Fujinami’s former team, the Tigers, which brings the Athletics’ total expenditure on the deal to $3.9MM. Fujinami’s physical will take place next week, Nightengale adds.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 12, 2023 at 06:13 PM (#6113014)
It must be really depressing to get posted and all you get out of it is a one-year contract with the A's. It's like a trans-Pacific sad trombone.

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