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Seiyu Suzuki
6 months ago  ::  Dec 12, 2021 - 3:19PM #1
laurenfrances
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The New York Yankees were recently listed as an aggressive player in the sweepstakes for Japanese stud outfielder Seiyu Suzuki. General manager Brian Cashman was rather quiet before the lockout, but it is possible he comes out guns blazing once things return to normal. The expectation is that Suzuki will be one of their primary targets after a stellar season with Hiroshima in the Japanese League.

Suzuki posted a .317 batting average with 38 homers and 88 RBIs, striking out 89 times over 439 at-bats. He’s primarily a right fielder, which could force Aaron Judge to transition to centerfield, a spot he played flawlessly during the 2020–21 season with the absence of Aaron Hicks.
At this point, relying on Hicks to be an everyday option in the outfield may be a bit optimistic given his injury history. If the Bombers are willing to replace him as a starter and relegate him to second-team duties, they could get a bit more value out of his seven-year, $70 million contract

Suzuki has incredible power as a lefty, showcasing quick hands and a smooth swing. Featuring him as one of their slugging outfielders would likely produce stellar results. The Yankees have had great success in the past utilizing Japanese talent, notably Hideki Matsui, Masahiro Tanaka, and even Ichiro Suzuki.

The expectation is that Suzuki will cost about $55 million over five years, but he could earn a bit more if teams begin a bidding war. Luckily for the Yanks, Suzuki unfollowed the Boston Red Sox on social media, throwing a bit of shade toward one of the “aggressive” teams targeting him post-lockout.
6 months ago  ::  Dec 12, 2021 - 3:54PM #2
bumper
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Dec 12, 2021 -- 3:19PM, laurenfrances wrote:

Luckily for the Yanks, Suzuki unfollowed the Boston Red Sox on social media, throwing a bit of shade toward one of the “aggressive” teams targeting him post-lockout.



i like this guy already Laughing

6 months ago  ::  Dec 12, 2021 - 3:55PM #3
Hobbs
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Suzuki would be a great get for the Yankees. Contact hitter who hits for power and high average. Has a great arm and has speed. He's been a right fielder in the past but he could fit in center or they could shift Gallo to center and play Suzuki in left.  


I posted about Suzuki back in October and got negative feedback because he was right handed and we already had too many outfielders. But because we badly need contact hitters I would welcome him on the team. Oh, And he's young.

6 months ago  ::  Dec 12, 2021 - 3:59PM #4
cookback444
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and cheap...

Life is better when the Yankees win !
6 months ago  ::  Dec 12, 2021 - 4:18PM #5
Max
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If he's the 5 tool player as advertised, he could probably play CF too. 


If he's a 5 tool player it shouldn't matter that he's righthanded. I'm not comparing him to Willie Mays, but I doubt anyone here wouldn't want Willie Mays in his prime playing for the Yankees because he's righthanded. 

5 months ago  ::  Dec 20, 2021 - 7:42PM #6
mscamaguey
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Hope that Matsui had a long talk with him.

5 months ago  ::  Dec 20, 2021 - 8:51PM #7
Giancarlo
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Dec 12, 2021 -- 3:55PM, Hobbs wrote:


Suzuki would be a great get for the Yankees. Contact hitter who hits for power and high average. Has a great arm and has speed. He's been a right fielder in the past but he could fit in center or they could shift Gallo to center and play Suzuki in left.  


I posted about Suzuki back in October and got negative feedback because he was right handed and we already had too many outfielders. But because we badly need contact hitters I would welcome him on the team. Oh, And he's young.




I don't know if/how well he can play CF, and they do have a lot of corner type OF'ers already.  And RH hitters.  So both things were and are are valid concerns.


That being said, teams are going with rotating CF'ers more and more.   Judge can cover there at times.   Hicks will be back.   I guess they can try Suzuki there at times as well.


While it would kind of waste Gallo's defense in the OF, they could also consider moving him to 1b.  Then you don't have to sign someone like Rizzo (who is going to cost more than Suzuki) or trade a large haul to the As for someone like Olson.   Maybe being more involved defensively would help Gallo relax and not overthink things as 1b is much busier than LF.

5 months ago  ::  Jan 03, 2022 - 3:59PM #8
Giancarlo
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The Japanese teams start their spring training on Feb 1.


I wonder then if the lockout continues that long if Suzuki isn't going to just sign on for one more year in Japan rather than wait in limbo for MLB to start back up.   There's always a chance he doesn't sign with any team in his 20 day window, and I bet he would rather know that before Japan's spring training starts rather than after.

5 months ago  ::  Jan 03, 2022 - 11:02PM #9
JudgeandYankees
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Jan 3, 2022 -- 3:59PM, Giancarlo wrote:


The Japanese teams start their spring training on Feb 1.


I wonder then if the lockout continues that long if Suzuki isn't going to just sign on for one more year in Japan rather than wait in limbo for MLB to start back up.   There's always a chance he doesn't sign with any team in his 20 day window, and I bet he would rather know that before Japan's spring training starts rather than after.




He's a star player, even if he can't get signed by MLB his old team would gladly sign him for another year.

5 months ago  ::  Jan 04, 2022 - 7:46AM #10
Giancarlo
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Jan 3, 2022 -- 11:02PM, JudgeandYankees wrote:


Jan 3, 2022 -- 3:59PM, Giancarlo wrote:


The Japanese teams start their spring training on Feb 1.


I wonder then if the lockout continues that long if Suzuki isn't going to just sign on for one more year in Japan rather than wait in limbo for MLB to start back up.   There's always a chance he doesn't sign with any team in his 20 day window, and I bet he would rather know that before Japan's spring training starts rather than after.




He's a star player, even if he can't get signed by MLB his old team would gladly sign him for another year.




But when?   Does he want to miss spring training in Japan and possibly months of their season waiting for the MLB lockout to end?

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