Latest MLB News: Tomoyuki Sugano to Remain in NPB

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The latest MLB news may come as a disappointment to fans and executives alike. Yomiuri Giants star pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano’s negotiating window with MLB teams closed this afternoon and no team was able to agree with the Japanese hurler. Reports had stated that the Padres and Blue Jays were among the teams vying for Sugano‘s services. As a result, Sugano will remain with the Yomiuri Giants for another season.

Latest MLB News: What Comes Next For Sugano

Sugano will remain in the league that he had dominated over the course of his career. Across eight seasons, Sugano has a 101-50 record, with a 2.34 ERA, and a 1.035 WHIP. In 2020, Sugano had a dominant 1.97 ERA and 0.888 WHIP with 131 strikeouts in 137.2 innings (8.6 K/9).

Sugano agreed to a four-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants, but his contract has three opt-outs in it. He could very well try coming stateside again following the 2021 season.

The latest MLB news produces mixed feelings. While it’s disappointing that Sugano isn’t coming to MLB in 2021, it’s understandable if teams weren’t willing to meet his demands. In addition to paying his contract, teams would’ve had to pay the posting fee, which is based on the value of the player’s contract. Sugano will be 32 at the end of the 2021 season, but he can still be an intriguing target for the 2021-22 offseason.

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Mathias is a graduate student at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He is currently studying Broadcast and Digital Journalism on the Sports Media and Communications track. He graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2021, where he studied journalism and served as the Sports Editor and Opinions Editor for the school's newspaper, The Signal. He joined Overtime Heroics as a writer in June of 2019 and became an editor in December of 2020 before taking over the MLB department in June of 2021. Mathias is also a former varsity swimmer and is the youngest of five kids.