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Japanese team agrees to post reliever Hiroki Sanada

Nov 23, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

Hiroki Sanada

Japanese relief pitcher Hiroki Sanada’s exclusive negotiating rights will be up for auction, as Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker reports that the Yokohama Bay Stars have decided to post the 28-year-old right-hander.

However, based on Sanada’s mediocre numbers and Newman’s underwhelming scouting report it doesn’t sound as though he’s likely to draw a ton of interest from MLB teams.

Sanada had a 4.22 ERA and just 18 strikeouts in 49 innings this season, and Newman notes that his velocity was down this year while suggesting he’ll probably wind up with a minor-league contract at most. And there’s a chance he might not even draw any bids.

  1. dodger88 - Nov 23, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    I can’t imagine too many GM’s (non Colletti division) could justify paying the posting price for any reliever especially when all it guarantees is the chance to negotiate with the player. Everyday players or 200 inning starters sure but relievers and role players? Makes little sense to me.

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