This Wednesday (16), the Chicago Cubs agreed to hire Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki, for five years in the amount of 85 million US dollars.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Suzuki’s signing is pending a physical. In addition, the agreement includes a non-commercial clause.
The Japanese athlete entered the midseason as a coveted prospect for several MLB franchises, after the best nine seasons in the Japanese league (NPB).
At 27, Suzuki has a 30.9% slugging percentage, 189 home runs, 621 runs, 208 doubles and 102 steals in his career.
The outfielder is expected to fit into the Cubs’ outfield, which already features Ian Happ, Rafael Ortega, Jason Heyward, Clint Frazier, Michael Hermosillo and Harold Ramirez.
In addition, Suzuki is known for his prowess in defense, also playing as a striker. In NPB, he has played as a short-term center and third base, and during the Olympic Games in Tokyo, in the gold medal with Japan, the athlete was used in the second base.
Seven owners were vying for the Suzuki contract. In addition to the Cubs, interested were the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays.
The Cubs are on the roster this season, signing Marcus Stroman, Andrelton Simmons, Yan Gomes, Frazier, Chris Martin, Jesse Chavez and Wade Miley.
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