Shorta Imanaga, a Japanese pitcher who is in last-minute posting negotiations, is likely to be Lee Jung-hoo’s colleague.
Mark Feinsand, a reporter for MLB.com , said on the 9th (Korea Standard Time), “The Giants, Red Sox, Cubs, and Angels are among the finalists to sign Imanaga. However, according to an official, San Francisco has emerged as the most likely team.”
“All the signs are pointing to the Giants,” the official said. “The Giants lost in the recruitment of Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Imanaga is not a top-class player with their level of skills, but the Giants don’t want to miss it again.”헤라카지노
San Francisco, which has raised funds to strengthen its power in the offseason, failed to recruit big players in succession except for Lee Jung-hoo. Lee Jung-hoo signed a posting contract with Lee Jung-hoo for six years and $113 million on the 16th of last month, but he had to watch Ohtani and Yamamoto, who had been seeking to recruit together, fall into the arms of their rival LA Dodgers.
San Francisco Giants catcher Tom Murphy (two years and 8.25 million U.S. dollars) in addition to Lee Jung-hoo, and hired Seattle Mariners left-hander Robbie Ray through a trade. Ray has three years and 73 million dollars left out of his existing contract. Ray, the winner of the 2021 American League Cy Young Award, was given Tommy John Surgery in May last year and cannot operate until this summer, which makes him a big player.
If it recruits Imanaga, San Francisco can use him as a one-two punch along with Logan Webb. “The Giants actively engaged in off-season activities to recruit outfielder Lee Jung-hoo and also traded former Cy Young-sang Robbie Ray,” Feynsand said. “However, if they bring in Imanaga, they can further strengthen their rotation. Alex Cobb, who is recovering from hip injury, will not be able to return until June or Ray in July.”
Currently, San Francisco’s rotation is about Webb, Ross Stripling, Kyle Harrison, and Keaton Win. As Finesand said, it is unclear whether Cobb and Ray will join in the first half of the year.
Imanaga’s estimated ransom was initially expected to be around $75 million, similar to Koda Sengai, a Japanese pitcher who joined the New York Mets a year ago, but the market estimates that it soared to more than $100 million as competition intensified over time.
“I’m talking to Imanaga’s agent. He pitched really well in Japan. He’s a very attractive player in the FA market,” San Francisco President Blue Zaidi said in an interview with a local media last week.
Angels, however, are also aggressively targeting Imanaga. “Angels need to reinforce their starting pitchers. The rotation of the Angels is still weak,” Feynsand said. “The Red Sox are also moving toward Imanaga, and they recently hired FA Lucas Giolito (38.5 million dollars for two years) instead of trading Chris Sale to Atlanta.”
It is not known what level of conditions San Francisco has given to Imanaga, but it has a comparative advantage over rival clubs in that there are still funds available for Ohtani and Yamamoto.
Imanaga pitched 1,002 ⅔ innings in 165 games for the DeNA BayStars in Yokohama in his eight-year career, recording 64 wins and 50 losses, 3.18 ERA, 1021 strikeouts and 1.12 WHIP. Last season, he pitched 148 innings in 22 games, recording 7 wins and 4 losses, 2.80 ERA, 174 strikeouts and 1.05 WHIP.