Red Sox sign Japanese OF Masataka Yoshida to five-year, $90-million contract

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The Red Sox are making moves. After signing closer Kenley Jansen earlier Wednesday, ESPN's Jeff Passan now reports that Boston is signing Japanese outfielder Masataka Yoshida.

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Passan reports that the deal is for five years and $90 million, plus a $15.4 million posting fee for the Orix Buffaloes, making it the richest deal for a Japanese position player.

Yoshida, 29, is a left-handed bat who led Nippon Professional Baseball in OPS each of the last two seasons. Last year, he hit .335 with 21 home runs, 88 RBIs and a 1.008 OPS in 119 games. He struck out just 41 times in 508 plate appearances. Passan points out that only Luis Arraez had a lower strikeout rate in MLB last season.

Yoshida, who is listed at 5-foot-8 and 176 pounds, fills an obvious hole for the Red Sox in the outfield and could hit at or near the top of the lineup.

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