Japanese Hitting Star Masataka Yoshida Officially Posted For MLB Teams

Another big bat has entered the free agent pool, as star Japanese outfielder Masataka Yoshida was officially posted, making him available for all major league teams to pursue.

Teams actually have a 45-day window, until January 20th to strike a deal or he'll stay in Japan. MLB Insider says there is "significant interest" in Yoshida. The 29-year-old hit .355 this season, with a .447 on-base, and a .998 OPS. He also displayed impeccable bat control and selection at the plate, walking twice as much as he struck out. 

Yoshida has a .327 average in seven seasons in the Nippon League, and has won two batting titles. 

Teams known to be interested include the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners. 

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