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Dodgers to Go All Out to Sign Another Superstar Pitcher



Prepare for the upcoming wave of excitement surrounding the recruitment of elite Japanese pitchers, with 22-year-old prodigy Roki Sasaki taking center stage. A recent report from ShoTime News sheds light on Sasaki’s potential move to Major League Baseball (MLB), as summarized by Noah Camras of Dodgers Nation.

Sasaki made his professional debut in the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) during the 2021 season with the Chiba Lotte Marines. Despite careful management of his workload, he earned back-to-back All-Star appearances, setting a league record with 19 strikeouts in one game, including an impressive streak of 13 consecutive strikeouts. Additionally, Sasaki contributed to Japan’s gold medal victory in the 2023 World Baseball Classic, showcasing his skills in front of American scouts and fans, with his fastball reaching speeds over 100 miles per hour, peaking at 102 miles per hour.

While standard international signing rules pose restrictions, requiring a player to be 25 years old with six years of service, Sasaki, not turning 25 until 2027, can still sign with an MLB club if his current team grants permission for him to be posted. Reportedly, Sasaki aims to make the transition to the Major Leagues after the current season, willing to make financial sacrifices to realize this dream, contingent on his club’s approval.

For the Los Angeles Dodgers, this presents a potential opportunity to secure the services of one of the most promising pitching prospects globally on a minor league deal. With a higher ceiling than even the highly touted Yamamoto, Sasaki stands out for his impressive stature (ranging from 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-4) and a powerful combination of velocity, movement, and pitch variety, including a dominant splitter.

Given the Dodgers’ reputation for forward-thinking strategies and their reported interest in Sasaki over the years, they emerge as strong contenders to land this talented pitcher. All eyes will now focus on Sasaki’s efforts to convince his current club to post him, setting the stage for a captivating arms race between the Dodgers and other interested clubs.

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