43-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Masahide Kobayashi in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Masahide Kobayashi Contract Information:
Kobayashi agreed to a contract with the Yomiuri Giants in November of 2009.
Kobayashi retired Tuesday after recording 234 career saves in Japanese baseball and MLB, the Kyodo news service reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Masahide Kobayashi.
Kobayashi's disappearing act in the second half was quite unwelcome to those who took the draft-day plunge as the right-hander tossed just six innings in the final two months of the season. He was pretty effective in the first half (44.1 innings, 3.05 ERA and five saves), but will need to work on his durability if he's going to be a serious threat to pick up saves in the Cleveland bullpen should anything happen to new closer Kerry Wood.
Kobayashi, 33, a nine-year veteran with Japan's Lotte Marines, has served as the team's closer since 2000, posting 227 saves in his career. In 2007, Kobayashi had a bit of an off year by his standards, posting a 3.61 ERA and 1.370 WHIP while notching 27 saves in 29 opportunities (35:12 K:BB ratio in 47.1 innings, 49 games). Over his four previous seasons, Kobayashi had posted a 3.22 ERA and 1.190 WHIP while averaging seven strikeouts per nine innings. Kobayashi had to go on the DL for two weeks in mid-September for what was reported as pain in his spine. He returned to pitch twice at the end of the regular season, but he saw no action for the Marines in the playoffs, so his health is clearly a question mark. Despite his back woes, Cleveland signed him in the offseason, and he's slated to join the bullpen set-up crew as spring training opens; he's got closer-in-waiting potential if he's healthy.
You can find Kobayahi's Japanese career stats at japanesebaseball.com.