There is a risk, but it can work”

The Boston Red Sox recently signed a super-large contract worth 90 million dollars (about 117.9 billion won) for 5 years with Masataka Yoshida, who was aiming to enter the major leagues through the ‘posting system’. succeeded in concluding Yoshida participated in 762 games over 7 seasons in Japan, recording 884 hits, 133 home runs, a batting average of 0.327 OPS and 0.960.

As can be seen from his record, Yoshida is a player whose strengths include the ability to cross the fence at any time, contact ability, and excellent line-up. His on-base percentage in his last seven years with the Orix Buffaloes was very good at .421. However, there is also a point of view that Boston has ‘overpaid’ Yoshida.

The most representative example is Shogo Akiyama, who was called ‘the hit maker’, and despite having a tremendous career in Japan, he never had success in the major leagues. Akiyama only had a batting average of 0.224 OPS and 0.594 in 142 games over two seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.

Although the lid was not opened, Yoshida spent too much money in a situation where it was impossible to guarantee whether Yoshida would succeed in the big leagues due to the ‘level difference’ between the major leagues and Japanese professional baseball. In response, Scott Boras, Yoshida’s agent, and Boston Haim Bloom, president of baseball operations, countered. 스포츠토토

According to Japan’s ‘Sponichi Annex’, Boras, who is called ‘the devil’s agent’, said, “Each team pursues different things. It is a matter of choice, not a mistake or miscalculation.” “I went after Yoshida. For example, there was a difference in the amount between the clubs trying to sign Xander Bogarts. It’s a common thing in baseball.”

Continuing, Boras continued, “There are four major sports in the United States. It is important to have a topical star to present a glove or bat to young fans. And sometimes the size of the contract makes the player famous.” The owner might be happy when he got it cheaply, but he pointed out that he should look at it long term.”

According to the US’’, Boston Heim Bloom, president of baseball operations, said, “When the ‘go’ sign comes out, we need to complete a preliminary evaluation of the player so that he can move immediately. We were able to do this. A lot of attention will be drawn to Yoshida. “We were not anxious because we put in a lot of effort,” he said, revealing the background of the contract with Yoshida.

There was no existence of Boras in the background that Yoshida could have a large amount of money. In other words, the big contract was made purely according to Boston’s will, not being fooled by Boras’ sales technique called ‘the devil’s agent’. Haim Bloom said, “I’ve done a lot of research on Yoshida,” and “there are risks, but the basic skills, the movement of the bat,