Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki available for MLB teams


NEW YORK: Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki will be posted on Monday by his Japanese club and will be available for auction by all 30 Major League Baseball teams.

The MLB told its teams on Sunday that the post would begin Monday morning and continue until 5 p.m. EST on December 22.

The 27-year-old 2019 Home Run Derby champion of Japan spent nine seasons with Central League’s Hiroshima Toyo Carp. He’s hit .319 with 38 home runs and 88 RBIs this season and is a .315 career average with 182 home runs and 562 RBIs.

He won the 2019 Central League batting title, is four-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove.

The starting right fielder of the Japanese gold medalist team, Suzuki defeated American Anthony Carter as the hosts rallied to beat the Americans 7-6 in the Olympic tournament. He beat Nick Martinez twice as Japan beat the United States 2-0 in the gold medal game.

Under the changes to the posting system in 2017, the posting fee will be 20% of the first $ 25 million of a major league contract, including bonuses and options earned. The percentage drops to 17.5 percent of the next $ 25 million and to 15 percent of any amount over $ 50 million. There would be an additional charge of 15 percent of all bonuses earned, salary increases and options exercised.

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