The Toronto Blue Jays have officially signed Cuban pitcher Yariel Rodriguez (26).마카오카지노
Toronto announced on the morning of the 9th local time that it had agreed to a five-year, $32 million (42.65 billion won) contract with Rodriguez.
Rodriguez appeared in 56 games for the Chunichi Dragons in the Japanese professional baseball league in 2022 with a 1.15 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.
Yariel Rodriguez’s Toronto contract has been officially signed. Photo ⓒAFPB News = News1
Based on this performance, he won the Central League’s Best Set-up Man Award that year.
He played 79 games for Chunichi over three years and recorded 10 wins and 10 losses with a 3.03 ERA.
In the game against Japan, he played 91 games (72 starts) in six seasons in Cuba’s national league and recorded an ERA of 3.30.
After participating in the 2023 World Baseball Classic Cuba, he refused to return to his team Chunichi with the aim of advancing to the U.S. after the tournament.
As a result, he spent the 2023 season without any team. Chunichi ended his contract in October and became a free agent, eventually signing a contract with a Major League team.
It’s a starting resource, but it seems too much to start right away because he took a year off.
The Blue Jays club also expressed open expectations as if they were conscious of this.
“Yariel is a player who will bring various weapons to the team,” Ross Atkins, the general manager, said in a press release. “He has impressive athleticism and the ability to swing and miss. He will add more starting players to our team’s pitching staff and have chances to influence the Major League teams through various roles.”
Given the use of the term “various roles,” chances are high that he will start as a bullpen pitcher at the beginning of the season and increase his number of innings in the game. There is also a possibility that he will start the season with Triple-A to adjust to the U.S. baseball.
The contract is known to be worth $32 million for five years, but that includes other conditions. According to The Athletic, the last year of his contract will be a player option with an annual salary of $6 million. If he refuses the option, the club can execute the team option ($10 million a year).
If a player refuses to implement a player option to enter the FA market, it includes a clause that can be held by the club at a higher price.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays have transferred utility player Otto Lopez to make his spot on the 40-man roster.