Major leaguers are paying attention to the ‘Monster of Reiwa’ Sasaki Loki (22, Chiba Lotte). How much did the major leagues value Sasaki토토사이트?
On the 14th, the Young Gun Ace Big Bang was held in Nippon Professional Baseball. Shohei Otani (29, LA Angels) and Yu Darvish (37, San Diego Padres), along with Rocky Sasaki and Yoshinobu Yamamoto (25, Orix Buffaloes), were in charge of the starting lineup in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) team in Japan.
In the face-to-face match between Orix and Chiba Lotte held at Jojo Marine Stadium in Chiba, Japan, Sasaki and Yamamoto started and played a breathtaking starter. The result was Sasaki’s victory by decision. Sasaki led the team to a 2-0 victory with 1 hit, 2 walks, 11 strikeouts and no runs in 7 innings. Of course, Yamamoto was not as good as Sasaki, but it was not enough. Yamamoto showed impeccable pitching with 5 hits, 9 strikeouts, 1 walk, and 1 run in 6 innings, but he succumbed to Sasaki’s superpowers.
Sasaki performed perfect pitching up to the 5th inning, striking out as many as 10 up to the 4th inning. With a fastball of up to 163km and a forkball that went up to 149km, he calmed the Orix lineup and won the ace confrontation with Yamamoto.
Sasaki as well as Yamamoto are aiming to advance to the major leagues. Yamamoto is highly likely to advance to the major leagues after this season. Major league clubs did not miss the opportunity to observe the two players at once. According to the Japanese media ‘Sponichi’ Annex’, ‘To see Yamamoto and Sasaki on this day, 8 teams including the Yankees and Dodgers were using speed guns behind the backnet. The evaluation and value of the two pitchers who contributed to the WBC championship are rising.”
Reporter Dylan Hernandez of the ‘LA Times’ also quoted the opinion. The media said, ‘An American League general manager may rank Sasaki’s fastball as the world’s best, Jacob deGrom (Texas). The general manager of another National League team explained, “Yamamoto’s pitching and pitch management are at the level of Jack Greinke (Kansas City).”
Now is the time for the major leagues to take out their calculators and measure their values by knocking them out. The media said, ‘In the case of Yamamoto, it was estimated to be worth about 150 million dollars (about 196 billion won) in total over 6 years’. Also, reporter Peter Abraham of ‘Boston Globe’ added the remarks. The media suggests that, assuming that Sasaki plays without injury until the age of 25, when he can sign a major league contract, an annual salary of 25 million dollars (approximately 32.6 billion won) to 30 million dollars (approximately 39.2 billion won) is proposed for a 10-year contract. It can be,’ he explained about the value. During the WBC tournament, MLB.com reporter Michael Clare also predicted that he would sign a contract worth at least $300 million over 8-10 years.
Up to 10 years and $300 million is currently the highest contract level for a major league pitcher. The player who signed a 10-year, $300 million contract is Gerrit Cole (New York Yankees). Ahead of the 2020 season, he signed a nine-year, $324 million (approximately 423.4 billion won) contract with the Yankees. It is the largest contract ever for a pitcher. Major League Baseball expects Sasaki to sign a similar contract.