“Because of taxes…Japan is better.” There was a reason why he refused to return to ML, four years 36.5 billion ‘highest treatment’

January 9, 2024 | by

The Softbank Hawks have officially announced a four-year, long-term contract with Roberto Osuna, the best closing pitcher of the Japanese professional baseball league. The total annual salary is 4 billion yen (about 36.5 billion won), the highest in the Japanese professional baseball history.

Softbank officially announced a four-year contract with Osuna on the 8th. According to Japanese media including “SportsNippon,” it signed a four-year, four-billion-yen contract. Last year, it signed a single-year contract with Softbank for 650 million yen (about 5.9 billion won), but this time, it renewed its four-year contract with an annual salary of 1 billion yen.

This is the highest salary ever paid by a Japanese professional baseball player. Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who returned to the Rakuten Golden Eagles after passing through the Major League last year, was paid for two years between 2021 and 2022. Even if Japan pays a good deal to the closing pitcher, 1 billion yen is a huge amount.

Osuna said, “It is my sincere honor to be able to return to my second home, Fukuoka. I am always grateful for your unwavering support from my teammates, my club, my family, and great fans. We will unite under the common goal and do our best to win the title.”

At Softbank last year, Osuna showed good performance with three wins, two losses, 26 saves, 12 holds and an earned run average of 0.92 strikeouts in 49 games (49 innings). With fastballs at a maximum of 158 kilometers and 153.1 kilometers on average, Osuna displayed robust performance with high-speed sliders at a maximum of 149 kilometers and 144.6 kilometers on average. Naturally, the Major League showed interest in Osuna after the season.

The San Diego Padres were the most active. According to the Mexican media “Marca” on the 6th, San Diego contacted Osuna. “I met him about six times after being offered by San Diego,” Osuna said, “When I compared taxes and annual salaries between the U.S. and Japan, it was more suitable for me to remain in Japan.”

Although it is not known what kind of conditions San Diego offered, Osuna decided that it would be more beneficial financially to remain in Japan considering taxes. In the U.S., a maximum of 37.0 percent of federal income tax is levied and state taxes are levied. California, where San Diego is located, is notorious for having the highest personal income tax rate (13.3 percent) in the U.S. Half of the contract amount is paid in taxes.

With Osuna opting to stay in Japan, San Diego recruited Japanese left-hander Yuki Matsui (five years, 28 million dollars) and Korean right-hander Ko Woo-seok (two years, 4.5 million dollars) to reinforce the bullpen, which ended with Josh Hader missing as an FA. If Osuna had accepted the San Diego offer, either Matsui or Ko Woo-seok would not have signed a contract with San Diego.

Mexican right-hander Osuna was once the most promising finishing pitcher in the Major League. He made a splendid debut with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015 after making 20 saves in his first year. Osuna was also selected as an All-Star with 36 saves in 2016 and 39 saves in 2017, and became the youngest person to make 100 saves (23 years and 62 days) in April 2018.

However, he went downhill after being arrested for assaulting his girlfriend in May that year. He was suspended for 75 games for violating rules on the prevention of domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse agreed upon by labor and management in the Major League, and was traded to the Houston Astros two months later. He topped the American League with 38 saves in 2019, but was out for the next season after four games due to an elbow injury before being released as a free agent.

No team has been searching for Osuna even after his elbow injury. As a result of domestic violence, Osuna has a strong image as a “problematic.” After all, Osuna moved to Japan in June 2021 after signing a contract with Chiba Lotte Marines for 90 million yen a year after playing in Mexico, where he had four wins, one loss, 10 saves, and nine holds with an ERA of 0.91 and 32 strikeouts in 29 games (29 ⅔ innings). At this time, there was also a Major League proposal after the season, but Osuna transferred to Softbank, where he offered a large annual salary of 650 million yen. He earned a four-year contract by showing off his prowess in finishing with a zero-run ERA for two consecutive years.

Osuna has stayed in Japan for a long time, but she has not given up her dream of returning to the Major League. “I still have three years left before I get all my major league 헤라카지노 pensions. When I finish my life in Japan, no matter how much money I have, I want to return to the U.S. and play until I can get all my pensions 100 percent,” Osuna said. This is a possible scenario as she is only 33 years old in four years.


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