Masataka Yoshida

29-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Yoshida's appeal to the Red Sox, who signed him to a five-year, $90 million deal, likely centered around his ability to make contact. Across seven NPB seasons, the outfielder struck out just 9.4 percent of the time and hit .327. Those numbers were even better last year, when he rode an 8.1 K% to a .335/.447/.561 slash line and helped the Orix Buffaloes to a title. That contact ability should help him produce a solid or better average against MLB pitching, but whether he'll do enough else to live up to that free agent contract remains a question, as he offers very little with his glove and legs. His outstanding on-base ability could get him there, as he finished second among qualified NPB hitters in both strikeout rate and walk rate (15.7%) last season. He also has decent enough power, averaging 22 homers across the last five years, but it's possible he is more of a 10-to-15 homer guy against MLB pitching. His contract guarantees him significant playing time early on with Boston, but Yoshida is not a sure thing beyond his ability to hit for a high average. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $90 million contract with the Red Sox in December of 2022.
Lands in Boston for $90 million
OFBoston Red Sox
December 7, 2022
Yoshida agreed to a five-year, $90 million contract with the Red Sox on Wednesday, Jeff Passan of reports.
Yoshida's posting fee for the Orix Buffaloes comes in at $15.4 million, so the Red Sox will be shelling out more than $105 million to sign the Japanese outfielder. The 29-year-old has been one of the best hitters in Nippon Professional Baseball since he debuted in 2016 and had a .336/.449/.559 slash line with 21 home runs and an 80:42 BB:K in 121 games last season. His on-base skills should put him at or near the top of Boston's lineup.
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December 6, 2022
Yoshida was officially posted by the Orix Buffaloes on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of reports.
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November 8, 2022
Yoshida is expected to be posted by the Orix Buffaloes within the next two weeks, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
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