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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Pitcher Carter Stewart skips MLB draft for Japan deal

Nineteen-year-old pitcher Carter Stewart is in agreement with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League on a six-year contract worth more than $7 million, a groundbreaking deal that could have long-term ramifications for Major League Baseball’s amateur and professional sides, sources told ESPN.

Stewart, who was chosen by the Atlanta Braves with the eighth pick in the 2018 draft out of a Florida high school but did not sign after they reduced their signing-bonus offer due to an alleged injury, was expected to be chosen in the early second round of this June’s draft. By signing with Fukuoka, which has won four of the past five Japan Series, Stewart would guarantee himself significantly more money than he would have made with a major league organization—and could theoretically join the major leagues as a 25-year-old free agent.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 22, 2019 at 08:00 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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