Red Sox reportedly signing Japanese OF Masataka Yoshida


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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