The posting windows in South Korea and Japan are both open, and players could be landing with teams any day now. Just how lively the domestic free agent market will be this winter remains to be seen, which doesn't make it any easier to predict the international market. It's possible teams will turn to riskier but potentially cheaper international options rather than pay up for premium talent with major-league track records. It's also possible the market is depressed enough that Korean or Japanese stars elect to wait a year before making the jump, or that the logistical complications of making an international transaction in the middle of a pandemic cause talks to break down.
Regardless of how the financial aspects of the market play out, there are a small handful of players from both NPB and KBO who appear to have strong chances to make the jump, and the majority of them appear to be at minimum worthy of consideration during draft season should they indeed successfully come stateside. This article will break down and rank those players. It will also feature a quick breakdown of players who won't be coming over this offseason but who could potentially have major-league futures, for those willing to wait a few years in dynasty leagues.
PLAYERS FOR 2021
1) Ha-seong Kim, SS/3B: Unlike the majority of players who come to MLB from across the Pacific, Kim will be doing so during or even before his prime, as he just turned 25 in