The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly made a significant offer to Japanese pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Blue Jays have made a substantial offer to Japanese hurler Tomoyuki Sugano ahead of tomorrow’s posting deadline. Terms of the apparent offer are unknown at this time.
It was reported earlier this week that Sugano has an offer on the table from his former club team in Japan. The suspected offer from the Yomiuri Giants reportedly contained three opt-outs in the event Sugano wished to attempt the posting process again in the coming years.
The hurler is definitely using the conveniently leaked Giants offer as a leverage in his negotiations with MLB clubs.
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The Blue Jays have been linked to nearly every player attempting to come over to the majors from the Pacific Rim this offseason. The team was tabbed as the favourite to land Ha-Seong Kim before he reached a multi-year agreement with the aggressive San Diego Padres.
Toronto landed Sugano’s former Giants teammate Shun Yamaguchi last offseason when they inked the hurler to a two-year/ $6.35 million dollar pact. The Yamaguchi experiment did not go as planned in 2020 as the 33-year old was torched in 17 relief appearances to the tune of an inflated 8.06 earned run average.
The Blue Jays have made pitching a priority this offseason, however, all they have done thus far is sign Robbie Ray to a one-year deal. Free agent Trevor Bauer alerted his social media followers that he would be speaking to the Jays pitching and high performance coach on New Year’s Eve but there is not indication that a deal is imminent.
The team has also been linked to Jake Odorizzi, J.A. Happ and Kevin Gausman before he accepted his qualifying offer so far this offseason. Rumours have quieted in terms of Odorizzi, Happ and even former Toronto pitcher Taijuan Walker for that matter.
Sugano has until 5 p.m. tomorrow to accept an MLB offer or return and play another season in Japan. So, we should find out in short order if Sugano will be the newest member of the Blue Jays starting rotation.
Hopefully, he enjoys better success than his former teammate did in his first taste of the majors.