Red Sox pitching target chooses to remain in Japan


The Red Sox -- or any other team in Major League Baseball -- won't be securing the services of coveted Japanese pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano for the 2021 season.

Sugano, who had until 5 p.m. to make a decision regarding which team he would be signing with, has chosen to remain with his team in NPB team in Japan, the Yomiuri Giants.

According to multiple reports, the 31-year-old will make $8 million in 2021 with the opportunity to re-enter free agency following the season.

Sugano was a target of the Red Sox, who are prioritizing pitchers that would carry short-term deals. The team is still eyeing free agent Jake Odorizzi, who Ken Rosenthal recently reported is seeking a three-year contract worth between $36-42 million. (After acquiring Carlos Carrasco Thursday, the Mets are reportedly out of the Odorizzi market.)

Sugano is perceived as at least a middle-of-the-rotation talent with significant upside. He has a career ERA of 2.34, having joined the Giants in 2013.

Some of the other teams interested in the righty included the Padres, Giants and Blue Jays.