It was reported that the San Diego Padres in Major League Baseball (MLB) recruited a Japanese closer.
MLB Network’s John Morosi said on the 20th (Korea Standard Time), “San Diego is close to signing Japanese relief pitcher Yuki Matsui.”
The terms and conditions of the contract were not disclosed, but a multi-year contract is said to be most likely. It also completed a medical test, the last stage before the contract.
Matsui, who joined the Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Japanese Professional Baseball (NPB) in 2013, played in 501 games in 10 seasons with 25 wins and 46 losses, 236 saves and 2.40 ERA.
After changing his position from a starter to a bullpen in 2015, he has grown into a closing pitcher representing the NPB. He became the first Pacific League save king with 38 saves in the 2019 season, and became the title holder with 32 saves last year.
This year, he also became the third save king with two wins and three losses, 39 saves and an ERA of 1.57 in 59 games. He joined the Japanese national baseball team in 2017 and 2023 and participated in the World Baseball Classic.
Matsui, who became a free agent after the end of the season, has been negotiating with MLB clubs, including his original team Rakuten, and he is close to joining San Diego.
Matsui’s recruitment is related to the absence of the San Diego Padres’ closing pitcher. Josh Hader, who was in charge of the San Diego back door this year, has been released as an FA, but it is not easy to stay because other teams are drawing attention. It can be seen that Matsui was hired to prepare for Hader’s departure. 랭크카지노
As big leaguer Darvish Yu plays in San Diego, Matsui is not expected to have much difficulty adapting. If Kim Ha-sung stays in San Diego, three Asian players will play as pitching and hitting main players in San Diego next season.