Loki Sasaki, who had a conflict with his team, the Chiba Lotte Marines, demanding an early advance to the U.S. Major League Baseball, was the last among 12 Japanese professional baseball players to sign an annual salary contract in 2024.라바카지노
Chiba Lotte announced on the 26th that it has signed an annual salary contract with Sasaki in 2024.
Before Chiba Lotte announced the completion of the annual contract with Sasaki, Japanese media reported that Sasaki is the only non-contracted player in the Japanese professional baseball league. He has time until the start of the spring camp (Feb. 1), but there is also a possibility of self-discipline.
Chiba Lotte once signed Sasaki to close the controversy, and said, “Sasaki will hold a press conference in a few days.”
Sasaki reportedly asked Chiba Lotte to “allow me to enter the U.S. professional baseball league” after the 2023 season, but was rejected.
Chiba Lotte coach Masato Yoshii, who advanced to the Major League through Japan when he was an active player, opposed Sasaki’s early trip to the Major League, saying, “It is not too late to return the favor to the current club and advance to the United States.”
Japanese media and fans are also paying keen attention to Sasaki. Under the U.S.-Japan professional baseball agreement, Japanese players who challenge to the Major League before the age of 25 can only sign minor league contracts.
The down payment that a player can receive is only up to $5.75 million (about 7.7 billion won), and the transfer fee that his former club can receive is also limited to up to $1.44 million (about 1.93 billion won).
Some Japanese fans described Sasaki’s early entry into the U.S. professional baseball league as “selfish.” However, the situation became more complicated recently when a report came out that “Chiba Lotte verbally promised Sasaki to help him enter the U.S. early.”
Sasaki is already attracting attention from Major League Baseball teams by throwing fastballs that exceed 160 kilometers per hour. In 2022, he also achieved a perfect game.
However, the prevailing view is that Sasaki’s challenge to the Major League, who has no experience as a full-time starter for three seasons, including 15 games (7 wins, 4 losses, 1.78 ERA) due to injuries and other reasons, is still premature.