Perfect Monster Pitcher, Four-time Ace Will Be Over 434.9 Billion Contract “Better Prospects Than Yamamoto”

January 28, 2024 | by

Can Chiba Lotte Marines Sasaki Rocky (23) win the biggest contract ever for a pitcher beyond LA Dodgers pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

Major League Baseball’s official media shed light on Sasaki’s willingness to enter the Major League on the 28th (Korea time), saying, “Loki Sasaki has only played for three seasons in Japanese professional baseball, but he is already aiming for a career in the Major League.”

Sasaki is one of the most promising players in the Japanese professional baseball league, with 19 wins, 10 losses and an ERA of 2.00 376 strikeouts in 46 games (283 ⅔ innings). Sasaki joined Chiba Lotte as a first-round pick in 2020, and in his first year, he gradually improved his skills and skills by receiving extreme management, such as not playing a single game in the first division to build up his stamina to survive in the professional league.

He showed promise by recording three wins, two losses and an earned run average of 2.27 in 11 games (63 ⅓ innings) in 2021, and became the youngest player in the Japanese pro baseball history to achieve perfect games in 2022, emerging as an ace in the entire nation. He also posted good performance in 20 ⅓ (129 innings), with nine wins, four losses and an earned run average of 2.02.

Sasaki played at the World Baseball Classic held in March last year and became a leading player in the championship. However, he had a disappointing season last year due to injury. Sasaki had suffered finger blisters and lateral muscle injury, and missed most of the second half of the season, but unfortunately finished the season with outstanding performances with seven wins, four losses and an ERA of 1.78 in 15 games (91 innings). So far, he has never met the required number of innings.

After the end of the season, Sasaki was found to have requested Chiba Lotte for posting, which sparked controversy. Chiba Lotte rejected Sasaki’s request for posting. For this reason, the company has yet to produce definite results. “I would feel that I should repay my club a little more,” Chiba Lotte manager Yoshii Masato said, hinting that he will allow the team to advance to the Major League after sufficiently showing good performance.

Because of this, Sasaki, who had a conflict with the club, did not renew his contract with Chiba Lotte until the 26th, further inflaming the controversy. There was even the worst-case scenario that he could prepare for the season at his own expense, but in the end, he signed a contract with Chiba Lotte and succeeded in sealing the conflict dramatically.

Sasaki apologized for causing controversy through a press conference, saying, “I want to challenge myself to the Major League in the future, but I think it is important to play the 2024 season properly,” expressing his intention to focus on the immediate season. A high-ranking official at Chiba Lotte also said, “There have been reports that Sasaki is unruly and scuffling, but none of that has happened. Sasaki has talked about his dream (to advance to the Major League) since the beginning of his joining the team. He did not suddenly mention that he wanted to play in the U.S. last year,” sparking controversy.

Sasaki’s move to the Major League ended with Chiba Lotte staying, but Sasaki’s move to the Major League became a fait accompli. For this reason, both Major League teams and U.S. media are paying attention to Sasaki.

“Sasaki has made it clear that he wants to join the Major League after signing a one-year contract with Chiba Lotte. It could be posted right away in the offseason next year,” said, looking forward to Sasaki’s advance to the Major League 마카오토토주소.

Japanese pitchers have been making progress in the Major League in recent years. Yoshinobu Yamamoto, the four-time winner of the four-time Japanese professional baseball, signed a 12-year, 325 million-dollar contract with the Dodgers this winter, setting a new record for pitchers by surpassing Gerrit Cole (the Yankees, nine years, 324 million dollars). Sasaki is likely to break Yamamoto’s record. gave high marks to Sasaki, saying, “Many people think Sasaki, who is three years younger than Yamamoto, is a better prospect.”

The issue is the timing of his contract. If Sasaki comes to the Major League before the age of 25, the size of his contract will be restricted under international contract rules. explained, “Yamamoto’s contract earned Orix 56 million U.S. dollars for posting. However, if Sasaki is posted from Chiba Lotte before his 25th birthday, he will not be able to sign a big contract like Yamamoto. Shohei Ohtani (Dodgers) also signed a 2,315,000-dollar contract with the Angels as the same rules applied when he was posted from the Nippon Ham team. After playing for the Angels for six years, he became an FA and signed a 10-year, 700 million-dollar contract with the Dodgers.”

One of the biggest reasons why Chiba Lotte does not allow Sasaki to post is because of the U.S.-Japan players’ agreement. Sasaki will turn 23 on Nov. 3 this year. He has to play for Chiba Lotte for two more years to win a mega contract like Yamamoto. Sasaki, however, has a strong will to advance to the Major League as soon as possible like Ohtani.

Fans are paying keen attention to whether Sasaki will be able to challenge the Major League as he wanted after this year’s career high season.


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