MLB Rumors: Red Sox Lead Race To Sign Seiya Suzuki

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Ernesto Cova

Even though it's been a quiet couple of months since the MLB lockout started, Japanese superstar Seiya Suzuki has been all over the news as of late.

The outfielder, who's considered the best Asian player to be posted sin Shohei Ohtani, is getting closer to taking his talents to the U.S., with several teams trying to acquire his services.

Suzuki is a timely, efficient, powerful hitter that won't flash with athleticism or speed, but that can get the job done everywhere on the outfield. Once he adapts to MLB's velocity, he could become a Hideki Matsui kind of player, per multiple scouts.

Seiya Suzuki Will Be Highly Pursuit

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The Japanese superstar has been in touch with multiple teams over the past couple of weeks and is expected to travel to the U.S. once the lockout is lifted:

"Suzuki and agent Joel Wolfe of Wasserman have already conducted virtual meetings with at least eight clubs, and they’ll continue prepping for advanced negotiations once the transaction freeze has thawed," stated MLB Rumors. "Nikkan’s report suggests that the Padres, Cubs, Mariners and Giants are “expected” to be among the finalists for Suzuki once negotiations resume."

Suzuki, Red Sox Have A Deal In Place

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Moreover, FanSided reports that local news outlets believe that the Boston Red Sox are leading the race to sign him, going as far as to say that they already have a pre-agreement in place:

"Reports were coming out of Japan that Seiya Suzuki, a Japanese outfielder looking to make the transition from the Nippon Professional Baseball league in Japan to the MLB, has a deal in place with Boston and will officially sign with them once the MLB lockout ends," read the report.

Red Sox Want To Add More Pitching

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The Red Sox were quite aggressive early in the offseason but they're still not done making moves. Per GM Chaim Bloom, they want to improve their bottom-feeding bullpen ahead of the upcoming campaign:

“We still would like to add more pitching,” Bloom told MassLive. “We’ve got some guys who can fill multiple roles. But as far as short relievers, that is something we have yet to address in a meaningful fashion. And we’re going to continue to look at doing that.”

The Lockout Goes On

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MLB players have been locked out since December and all transactions are halted. But with Spring Training zooming in, it seems like the players and team owners are finally close to reaching some middle ground:

"The two sides are finally negotiating. The league and officials from the MLB Players Association met twice this week and will do so again in New York on Thursday to discuss the framework for a new collective bargaining agreement. Talks resumed last week for the first time since the lockout went into effect," reported NBC Sports.

Hopefully, these talks will come to fruition pretty soon.