— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 30, 2019
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 30, 2019
Bidding for Shogo Akiyama has reached 20M plus for 3 years. Reds appear in front and working hard.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 30, 2019
Re: Akiyama … source tells me that there is not an agreement yet with the #reds but they remain very much in the mix. And also heard the bidding to sign Akiyama is higher than three years and $15 million by a “decent margin.”
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) December 30, 2019
From the Twitterverse (from Gingersaurus Rex), no confirmation yet:
— トムベースボール@MLB (@tombaseball19) December 30, 2019
Via Google Translate:
Reds signs agreement with FA Shogo Akiyama (OF / 31) for more than $ 15 million for three years.
143 games (678 at bats)
Batting average .303
20 home runs
More on this as the news develops.
Quick thoughts on signing (report still unconfirmed): Akiyama turns 32 on April 16. This is the best scouting report on him that I’d seen as of a couple days ago. Was an excellent CF but age-related decline has set in. From the linked scouting report: “Once a terrific defensive center fielder with an above-average arm and very good range, Akiyama’s defensive results as tracked by Delta Graphs and Win Shares show a steady decline.” Small dimensions of GABP may be a lifeline for that, at least for now.
Akiyama is rehabbing a broken toe on his right foot.
Good contact and on-base skills with OK power. No obvious place for him to play without other roster moves. If game translates to MLB and he can play a capable CF, it’s good for club depth. Rest of the CF free agent pool was uninspiring. $15 million isn’t much money over three years, if those are the terms.
Where is he going to play?