NEW YORK – Outfielder Seiya Suzuki will be posted Monday by his Japanese club and his rights will be available to hear offers from all 30 Major League Baseball teams.
MLB told its teams Sunday that publication will begin Monday morning and run until 5 p.m. ET on December 22.
The 27-year-old, a 2019 Japan Home Run Derby champion, has spent nine seasons with Central League Hiroshima Toyo Carp. He hit .319 with 38 homers and 88 RBIs this season and is hitting .315 with 182 homers and 562 RBIs in his career.
He won the 2019 Central League batting title, is a four-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove winner.
The starting right fielder on the Japan team that won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Suzuki homered off Anthony Carter of the United States as the hosts rallied to beat the Americans 7-6 during the Olympic tournament. . He gave Nick Martinez two singles when Japan beat the United States 2-0 in the gold medal game.
Based on the 2017 changes to the posting system, the posting fee will be 20% of the first $ 25 million of a Major League Baseball contract, including earned bonuses and options. The percentage drops to 17.5% of the next $ 25 million and 15% of any amount greater than $ 0 million. There would be a supplemental fee of 15% of any bonuses earned, pay scales and options exercised.