The San Diego Padres officially announced the contract with Japanese left-hander Yuki Matsui (28).

The Padres announced on the 24th (Korea Standard Time) that they have agreed to a five-year contract with Matsui under the name of A.J. Preller.

It did not disclose the size of the contract. According to local media including ESPN, the deal is to receive 28 million dollars for five years.

An opt-out clause was included to qualify for FA in the third and fourth years, and an “injury clause” was also included, which allows contracts to be converted into team options for the fifth year depending on injuries.
Matsui recorded 236 saves overall for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Japanese professional baseball league. He was the youngest player to record 200 saves in the history of the Japanese professional baseball league.

He has a 2.40 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 860 strikeouts (11.7 per nine innings) in 501 games in 10 seasons.

It ranked first in the Pacific League Save category in the 2019, 2022, and 2023 seasons.

He pitched in 59 games and 571/3 innings in the 2023 season, recording a career-high 39 saves with a 1.57 ERA and a WHIP of 0.897 strikeouts.

He has recorded an ERA of less than 2.00 for the last three consecutive seasons, with 95 saves and an ERA of 1.42, becoming the best finish in Japanese professional baseball.
He also played for the Japanese national team. He was selected for the 2013 U-18 World Championship, the 2015 Premier 12, the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC) 2018 All-Star Series, and the 2019 Premier 12 as well as the 2023 WBC. 월카지노

In 2012, when he was in high school, he recorded 22 strikeouts in a game at the National High School Baseball Championship, breaking the record of the most strikeouts (21) in a single game held by Yoshinora Toda.

Thanks to such performances, five teams selected him as the first choice in the 2013 draft. He joined Rakuten through a lottery.

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