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Sports Report: Japanese stars Arihara, Nishikawa to be posted for MLB

08:00  24 november  2020
08:00  24 november  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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Kohei Arihara wants to pitch in the major leagues in the near future. Haruki Nishikawa wants to make the Playing in MLB has to look more attainable than ever to Japanese players. There are four with realistic Nishikawa , an All- Star once in eight seasons, said he hopes to be posted next offseason.

In his first MLB season, Tanaka was selected as an All- Star and posted a 2.77 ERA over 20 starts (he missed time due to a right elbow injury). Murakami impressed enough to be promoted to the Major League club in September, becoming the first player of Japanese descent in MLB history at just 20

Two stars from Japan's Nippon Pro Baseball will be posted for Major League Baseball teams this offseason.

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The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters plan to post right-hander Kohei Arihara, a source confirmed to Jon Morosi of MLB.com.

Fighters outfielder Haruki Nishikawa will also be posted, according to Jim Allen of Jballallen.com, citing reports from multiple Japanese outlets.

Arihara, 28, has spent his entire six-year career with Nippon-Ham. He threw a team-high 132 2/3 innings in 2020, posting a 3.46 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 106 strikeouts, 30 walks, three complete games, and one shutout. His best season came in 2019 when he was a finalist for the Eiji Sawamura Award - Japan's equivalent of the Cy Young - after winning 15 contests and recording a 2.46 ERA and 0.92 WHIP.

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Star Japanese lefty eyes signing with MLB club. In his NPB career, Kikuchi is 73-46 with a 2.77 ERA. Kikuchi is not expected to be a superstar on the level of two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, but according to a report by MLB .com's Jon Paul Morosi earlier this year, multiple MLB scouts believe he

Special Reports . Major League tours of Japan For more than a century, Americans and Japanese have been united in their love for baseball . • 1980 • Pete Rose and Steve Garvey lead MLB vs. the Japanese All- Stars (whose reliever wears a Pirates-type uniform and has a Kent Tekulve-like motion).

Nishikawa, a 10-year veteran, has also spent his entire career with the Fighters. The 28-year-old slashed a career-high .306/.430/.396 with five homers, 39 RBIs, 42 stolen bases, and 92 walks over 523 plate appearances in 2020. He's led the Pacific League in stolen bases three times, owns three Gold Gloves, and has posted an OBP of .378 or higher in five straight seasons.

Per the MLB-NPB posting agreement, every MLB team will have 30 days to negotiate with Arihara and Nishikawa once they're posted. Any club that signs them will have to pay the Fighters 20% of the first $25 million of their contract as a posting fee.

If the players don't sign in MLB, they'd return to Nippon-Ham in 2021.

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