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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Report: Reds Sign Japanese OF Shogo Akiyama to 3-Year Contract

The Cincinnati Reds agreed to a three-year deal with Japanese outfielder Shogo Akiyama, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported the bidding for Akiyama’s services had eclipsed $20 million.

The 31-year-old batted .303 with a .471 slugging percentage, 20 home runs and 62 RBI in 143 games with the Saitama Seibu Lions in 2019.

The Reds have been active this offseason after finishing 75-87.



QLE Posted: December 31, 2019 at 12:36 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 31, 2019 at 04:14 AM (#5911903)
The Reds are the only MLB team who have never had a Japanese NPB player appear in a game for them.
   2. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: December 31, 2019 at 10:09 AM (#5911925)
The dollar estimates have varied quite a bit, with Heyman's guess on the high end, to as low as 3/14. So too have the projections as to what Shogo might do going forward. I expect a fourth outfielder type - the range isn’t what it used to be - somewhat like Aoki was. I like this pickup, though he makes less obvious sense in Cincy (who have a lot of lefty options) than in some other places.
   3. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: December 31, 2019 at 11:55 AM (#5911959)
Davenport Translation gives him a 298/368/411 line for last year. Which, frankly, is better than I was expecting. That will play.
   4. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: December 31, 2019 at 12:42 PM (#5911971)
Note: that’s not indexed to 2019 norms, so that obp is high and slugging low. The 2020 projection from Clay (neutral park) is .276/.350/.444.

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