Kohei Arihara
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Kohei Arihara in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a two-year, $6.2 million contract with the Rangers in December of 2020.
Agrees to terms with Rangers
PTexas Rangers
December 25, 2020
Arihara signed a two-year, $6.2 million contract with the Rangers on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Arihara has been quite successful in Japan over the past several seasons with a repertoire that includes a four-seamer, two-seamer, slider, cutter, changeup and splitter. He posted a 3.46 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 2020 and will now attempt to find success with the Rangers in 2021.
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Arihara is younger at age 27 than most players moving from Japan to MLB, but he's also not as established. He had a career season in 2019 going 15-8 with a 2.46 ERA and 8.8 K/9 for Nippon Ham. He features a low-90s fastball, but has four off-speed pitches (slider, changeup, splitter, cutter), with his changeup and splitter seen as plus offerings. His lower velocity may limit his upside in the majors, but he could get a chance to win a spot in a MLB rotation. He's asked his NPB team to post him to MLB, but it's not clear if the the Nippon Ham will follow through with his request for the 2020 season.
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Posted by Nippon-Ham Fighters
PFree Agent
November 26, 2020
Arihara was posted Thursday by the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
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Expected to be posted
PFree Agent
November 23, 2020
Arihara is expected to be posted by the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters this offseason, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
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