Baseball: Orix ace Yamamoto headed for record 1st MLB contract

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Kyodo News

When Yoshinobu Yamamoto hits the market this winter following his posting by the Pacific League’s Orix Buffaloes, MLB teams expect his contract will easily surpass the $155 million Masahiro Tanaka received, currently the largest for a Japanese player ahead of his American debut. “He may be the best pitcher we’ve ever seen come out of Japan,” one MLB team’s scout told Kyodo News. “He could get $200 million, partly because of that and partly because of this year’s market.” While Tanaka was coming off monster seasons in 2011 and 2013, when he went 24-0 to a record for consecutive winning decision…

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