Red Sox and Japanese OF Masataka Yoshida reach $90 million agreement Through Javed Akhter

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Masataka Yoshida, a highly sought-after Japanese outfielder, and the Boston Red Sox reached an agreement on a five-year, $90 million deal.

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On Wednesday night, sources revealed the agreement to MLB.com, ESPN, and The Athletic.

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Tanaka, 29, had a.335 average with 21 home runs in 119 games for the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization's Orix Buffaloes in Japan last season.

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To acquire Yoshida, the Red Sox plan to give the Buffaloes a posting fee of around $15.3 million.

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He is not an international free agent due to not having accumulated sufficient service time.

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Yoshida scored. In seven seasons with the Buffaloes, 327 hits, 161 doubles, seven triples, 133 home runs, and 467 RBIs were recorded.

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The outfielder, who is renowned for his plate discipline, recorded 80 walks last season compared to just 41 strikeouts. In 2019, he hit a career-high 29 home runs.

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The Buffaloes won the Japan Series for the first time in 26 years under Yoshida's leadership last year. To secure that victory, he hit a walk-off home run.

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Alex Verdugo will likely play right field, Kiké Hernández will play centre field, and Yoshida will play left field for the Red Sox.

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Closer Kenley Jansen and the Red Sox reached an agreement on a two-year, $32 million contract earlier on Wednesday.

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On Wednesday night, they also lost standout shortstop Xander Bogaerts to the San Diego Padres in free agency.

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