5 best destinations for Seiya Suzuki

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As of Monday, Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki has been sent off and made available to sign with Major League Baseball teams.

Seiya Suzuki, a 27-year-old outfielder, now has 30 days to sign a contract. If no deal is made, he can not sign in MLB until next season. But many expect this offseason to be the moment for him. Especially after the career best 38 homers and 1,079 OPS over 131 games in the 2021 season with Hiroshima Toyo Carp.

Suzuki began appearing on stage in the United States when he represented Japan at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Not to mention, he also won the 2019 Central League batting title, five-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove winner. Basically, he knows it all. As a right-handed striker who can drive the ball with precision in both average and power, teams will flock to pick up this rising star.

So far, MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi says the Texas Rangers and New York Mets are among the best teams that could pursue Suzuki this season.

Since there will be many potential suitors, let’s think of five of the best possible destinations for him.

Texas Rangers

A desperate team that desperately needs a star. They especially have a huge need for right-hand power. While the Rangers have a history of recruiting Japanese players (Yu Darvish and Kohei Arihara), there is always that hesitation. But the Rangers need offensive and especially power.

Last season, the Rangers ranked 26th in homeruns and hits, while they were 28th in the RBI. Rangers currently have all-star Adolis García in midfield but need help in the corner out. Suzuki instantly fills a huge need for Rangers, while bringing some excitement back to the Globe Life Field.

New York Mets

The Mets were nowhere near living up to expectations for the 2021 season. In fact, ESPN expected the Mets to finish with a record of 91-71. There was so much driving on Noah Syndergaard’s health, and the idea that Francisco Lindor, Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto and Dom Smith would be supportive enough at Jacob deGrom’s plate.

Basically, the rotation could not stay healthy and the team lacked strength on the plate. Thus, the Mets finished with a record of 77-85. Two combinations that will quickly lead to disaster for a baseball team. Like the Rangers, the Mets finished in 25th place in homeruns and 27th in RBI.

The away pitch is an extreme weakness for the Mets, and buying the Suzuki would suit him perfectly. It’s putting pressure on playing in New York on the Suzuki, but with his potential – if anyone’s ready for the challenge, it’s him.

Miami Marlins

I’m actually surprised that this team has not been brought up to chase Suzuki.

Overall, they are currently a better team than Rangers. As the youngest team in all of baseball, they could use someone with a little experience playing at a high level professionally. It may not have been in the US, but he has played and has proven that he is a winner, whether it is in the Olympics or the NPB.

Currently, Marlins outfielders are Jesús Sánchez, Bryan De La Cruz and Lewis Brinson. Together, they ended the 2021 season with 28 homeruns. While they may be quality prospects for the future, they probably will not have the threat on the plate that Suzuki will. As a team, the Marlins finished in 28th place in the home race and 29th in the RBI. With financial flexibility, do not sleep on the Marlins when it comes to sneaking into the Suzuki lottery.

Seattle Mariners

Although I’m personally unsure if this is a perfect fit or not, but it does at least make some sense. Before you roll your eyes – no, it’s not because he’s called Suzuki.

In fact, that’s part of the reason I’m in doubt about this. Could you imagine the pressure he is likely to face? Who knows, it could also be motivation for him to continue a legacy in Seattle.

Although the 2021 season was an unprecedented success for the Mariners, they still missed the off-season. Their pitching was their strength, ranking 16 in Team ERA While guys like Kyle Seager and Mitch Haniger had an appropriate season, the Mariners could still use a little pop on the record. They still ranked dead last in hits and 21st in RBI. Not only will the addition of Suzuki likely bring them into the off-season, but they are also instantly a threat in the American league.

Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves have just won the World Series – what’s next? They want to keep this train running and have every chance of creating a dynasty.

One of the players with whom Suzuki draws the most comparisons is current Braves’ outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. Why not have two of them? No insult to left-back Adam Duvall, but being a few years younger and having a more upside Suzuki is an upgrade. If they are not already the favorite to enter the 2022 season, a contract with Suzuki would certainly do just that.

It may be days, it may be weeks, but I believe we will see Suzuki sign a contract with an MLB team out of season. Too many teams could use his power on the plate. Although the one who signs him needs a significant amount. ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel predicts that a potential contract for Suzuki will last approximately 4 years worth $ 48 million. Not to mention, whoever signs the Suzuki must also pay a posting fee for the carp. Either way, it will be very exciting to see where he ends up.

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