Showing posts with label Japan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Japan. Show all posts

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Yankees Sell Rasner To Japan

We all remember Darrell Rasner. He came up from Scranton to attempt to fill some holes in the rotation. He did his best, but to put it bluntly, he sucked. In 24 appearences, 20 starts, he had a 5.40 ERA. Anyway, today, the Yankees sold Rasner to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Pacific League for $1 million. Hopefully Sidney Ponson is next.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

More on Tazawa

The NPB (Japanese league) and MLB have reached an agreement about Japanese amateurs moving to MLB. Any Japanese amateurs who decides to play in MLB will be banned for 3 years from playing in NPB. I don't see how this will make a difference. They`ll just ask for a 3 year contract. Its not unheard of to see drafted players get 3 year deals.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Junichi Tazawa

Here`s an excellent article on Junichi Tazawa:

What is the solution to this problem? Obviously, baseball is extremely popular in Japan and Japanese baseball is far more than just AAA level. Its not really right for ML teams to essentially turn it into another minor league level. Besides, Japan can retaliate by signing an American amateur or refusing to post their best players. On the other hand, Japanese teams just can't afford to hand out deals like the Yankees or Red Sox can. If Japan and MLB go to war MLB will win.

I don't see how this is going to end well for Japanese baseball. The best competition and the most money is in North American baseball. Can you blame the players?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Junichi Tawaza

Junichi Tawaza has decided to sign with a major league team. He`s a Japanese, amateur pitcher. In other words, he`s a prospect. I imagine Gene Michaels will take a look at him while he`s over there and the Yankees are said to be interested. I know nothing about him but I hope we scout him better than Igawa.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Yankees Send Gene Michael to Japan

According to Mark Feinsand, the Yankees sent Gene Michael to Japan to scout players. Feinsand lists Koji Uehara, Kenshin Kawakami, both righthanders and Hitoki Iwase, a lefthanded reliever. This seems like a good idea, as Michael has a good eye for talent, and the last time the Yankees signed a Japanese player, there obviously was not enough scouting. This news does not mean that will sign one of those players, they are probably just doing their due diligence.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Yu Darvish Could Be Posted

Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish could be posted, according to Sankei Sports, as translated by MLBTR. His team, the Nippon Ham Fighters are willing to post him, should he ask to play in the majors. Nobody is sure if that means this year or next. His posting fee is expected to be greater than Dice-K's $51 million. The Yankees have already expressed interest, as I mentioned in this post. If the price is going to be that high, then I am firmly against this move. First of all, Japanese pitchers rarely live up to expectations. I think we give Japanese league hitters more credit than they deserve. Watch the video at the bottom of this post, and tell me if you are as unimpressed as I am. He looks like a good pitcher, but not a dominating one. If you are going to pay well over $50 million just to talk to a guy, he has to be dominating, and that has to be a sure thing. He could be a major league number three, maybe even a two (although I doubt it), and a guy like that isn't worth all that money. Based on Dice-K's Japan highlights as compared to Darvish, Dice-K looked better. A lot better, and he wasn't all that impressive last year. If the Yankees are going to pay a pitcher that kind of money, then it should either be used on the draft or on C.C. Sabathia.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Yu Darvish?

According to East Windup Chronicle, the Yankees are interested in pursuing Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. Darvish is just twenty-one years old, and he dominated Japan last year, posting a 1.82 ERA and a .83 WHIP with 210 K's in 207.2 IP. These are amazing numbers, but don't get too excited yet. Darvish cannot sign as a free agent, so his team would have to post him, which is no guarantee. Also, along with the the posting fee, Darvish says that that Dice-K's $8.6 million/yr. contract would be the floor in his contract negotiations. Besides, the price, when has a hyped Japanese pitcher ever lived up to expectations? I'm sure he could be a solid three, or even a two, but based on the performances of Hideo Nomo, Hideki Irabu and Dice-K, I doubt he will put up the numbers that will be expected of him. I couldn't find a scouting report, but from this video, he appears to throw his fastball in the upper 80's/low 90's (if my KMH to MPH conversions are correct), with a good curveball and an ok change. There may be a splitter in there too, but I'm not really sure. Sounds kind of like Kei Igawa, actually. Anyway, although he has good control, his fastball is not good enough to be a great major leaguer. He will probably be good, but not worth a posting fee expected to be more than Dice-K's $51.1 million on top of a probable $13-15 million per year.