It is today that the Japanese Seiya Suzuki became available to MLB teams.
Several teams, including the Mets, would have it in their sights.
Suzuki is an interesting free agent. Indeed, in recent years, he has been one of the best players in his league. I had drawn up a portrait of him earlier this month.
With the likely departure of Michael Conforto, who turned down his qualifying offer, New York would be looking for an outfield and Suzuki would be the perfect candidate. Why? Because according to a source, the Japanese are looking for a contract between seven and ten million dollars per season.
Plus, the team wouldn’t need to get rid of a draft pick to acquire their services. This is the case of Nick Castellanos and Chris Taylor, who refused the qualifying offer of their respective team.
Mets president Sandy Alderson has said he doesn’t want to part with his first draft pick. Forget Castellanos and Taylor in the Big Apple, then.
The defending champions and the Texas Rangers are also said to be in the race for Seiya Suzuki’s services.
MLB teams will have until Dec. 22 to put him under contract. However, the collective agreement expires on December 2, which could result in the deadline for signing it being extended.
To be continued…