Masataka Yoshida

Japanese superstar outfielder Masataka Yoshida has long been one of the best players in the Nippon Professional Baseball League, but he will now try his hand at an MLB career after a shocking signing on Wednesday.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Yoshida has agreed to terms on a contract with the Boston Red Sox in a historic signing for Boston.

Yoshida commanded the largest amount for any Japanese position player, with the international sensation receiving $90 million over five-years, along with a $15.4 million posting fee going to his Japanese team, the Orix Buffaloes.

Yoshida’s most desirable skill for the Red Sox is likely his elite ability to get on base. In seven seasons with the Orix Buffaloes, he carried a .327/.421/.539 slash line.

His ability to put balls in play was unbelievable last season for the Buffaloes, striking out only 42 times in 417 at bats while hitting 21 home runs on the year.

Many around the MLB world appear to be very excited about this signing, as well as Yoshida’s prospects at the MLB level in the future.

This is certainly a much needed signing for the Red Sox as they attempt to recover from an extremely disappointing 2022 season.

After making the playoff in 2021, they finished last in the AL East with an underwhelming 78-84 record last year.

There’s always risk with bringing over an international player; there’s no telling how their game will translate at the MLB level. That being said, Yoshida undoubtedly profiles as one of the best Japanese signings in recent memory for the Red Sox.

[Jeff Passan on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.