Seiya Suzuki he is arguably the most coveted international free agent this offseason. He recently stated in an interview with Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic that prior to the lockout received offers from between 10 and 12 teams Major League Baseball.
The Japanese outfielder is coming off a monster season in NPB, batting .317/.433/.639 with 38 home runs and 88 RBI after 533 plate appearances.
Another of the comments that caught the most attention was that contrary to being desperate due to the work stoppage that has caused the strike between Major League Baseball and the Players Union (MLBPA), it was that he does not lose faith that the disagreement ends, because it continues anxiously waiting for everything to be resolved to renegotiate his landing in the United States.
“I’m going to wait until both sides agree. There’s no date I set. In Japan, you don’t experience a lockout, so it’s a first for me. At first, I was a little worried about it. But when You think it’s going to be over soon, that’s allowed me to keep my head up.” The Japanese patrolman expressed himself through an interpreter who translated from the Japanese language into English.