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Postby mikekim2121 » Mon Jul 17, 2006 11:14 pm

I'm hearing this Japanese pitcher might get some a decent amount of attention this offseason. Has anyone heard anything about him?
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Postby Double Play Ball » Mon Jul 17, 2006 11:32 pm

im pretty sure i read an article that said he would be the #1 most sought after FA next season. I also read that he throws a pitch called the Gyroball.
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Postby teddyballgamemvp » Mon Jul 17, 2006 11:48 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sboi0EWp8ao

David Ortiz would put that onto Lansdowne Street.
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Postby flowbee » Mon Jul 17, 2006 11:49 pm

Mariners should be the favorite to get him. We have good connections with Japan and our owner will shell out what it takes
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Postby squawkya24 » Mon Jul 17, 2006 11:57 pm

I really really hope we can land this guy. He has sick stuff. The only concern on him is high pitch counts. I think he threw over 200 pitches in a complete game win in high school. :-o
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Postby mweir145 » Mon Jul 17, 2006 11:57 pm

Double Play Ball wrote:im pretty sure i read an article that said he would be the #1 most sought after FA next season. I also read that he throws a pitch called the Gyroball.

Is this the article? http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=j ... &type=lgns

Looks like he's either going to be a Yankee or a Mariner next year. I doubt many other teams will have the cash to sign him.
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Postby teddyballgamemvp » Tue Jul 18, 2006 12:05 am

The notion that there are 2 or 3 big market teams and everyone else is in the poorhouse is mostly garbage. Owners, if they want to, can sign most anyone-- the problem is signing someone to a big deal who doesn't really deserve it and signing nothing but high salary guys. There are probably 15 teams that could afford him easily if they decide he's can't miss.
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Postby mweir145 » Tue Jul 18, 2006 12:10 am

teddyballgamemvp wrote:The notion that there are 2 or 3 big market teams and everyone else is in the poorhouse is mostly garbage. Owners, if they want to, can sign most anyone-- the problem is signing someone to a big deal who doesn't really deserve it and signing nothing but high salary guys. There are probably 15 teams that could afford him easily if they decide he's can't miss.

Who are these 15 teams that have the money to sign a pitcher to a 4 year deal worth 17 million per season?
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Postby brandnew » Tue Jul 18, 2006 12:22 am

Well, having a big name Japanese star does shoot revenue through the roof, a la Ichiro, so that would help soften the blow of the contract.
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Postby squawkya24 » Tue Jul 18, 2006 12:24 am

The Mariners and Yankees are by far and away the most obvious candidates to get this guy just based on their relationship with Japanese teams alone. They're already steps ahead of everyone else who even wanted to be in the running, and not because of their budgets. Whoever does decide to bargain with him will have to pay the Seibu Lions a bid just for the rights to negotiate. More than likely around the 15-25 million range just for the rights to try and sign the guy. That rules out most of your teams right there.
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