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Thursday, January 07, 2021

Right-hander Tomoyuki Sugano does not reach deal with an MLB team before deadline

Pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano did not come to an agreement on a contract with a major league team before his posting window expired and will return to Nippon Professional Baseball for 2021.

Sugano will be eligible to come to MLB as a free agent before the 2022 season. The bidding for his services started Dec. 8 and ran through 5 p.m. ET on Thursday.


A right-hander who turned 31 on Oct. 11, Sugano was 14-2 with a 1.97 ERA and three shutouts in 20 games last season, striking out 131 and walking 25 in 137 1/3 innings while allowing 97 hits. He is 101-49 with a 2.32 ERA over eight seasons in Japan.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2021 at 05:33 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John Northey Posted: January 07, 2021 at 06:12 PM (#5998089)
A shame as I was hoping to see him in Toronto, or on the west coast at least.
   2. The Duke Posted: January 07, 2021 at 10:20 PM (#5998158)
Yet another player the Blue Jays haven’t acquired
   3. John Northey Posted: January 08, 2021 at 09:52 PM (#5998502)
Hey, they signed Bobby Ray and AJ Cole - prepare the parade :)
   4. DL from MN Posted: January 09, 2021 at 09:28 AM (#5998564)
Another data point that the big leagues are slashing spending this offseason. Maybe he makes the jump next summer when budgets are looser and there is no posting fee to worry about.
   5. puck Posted: January 09, 2021 at 08:56 PM (#5998733)
Is there any idea what sort of offer he might have received?

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