Cubs jump Red Sox, other suitors to sign top international free agent
After the Red Sox expressed interest in the top player on the international market throughout the offseason, it was the Chicago Cubs that signed him in the end.
The Cubs signed outfielder Seiya Suzuki to a five-year contract worth $85 million on Wednesday, according to Ken Rosenthal. The deal comes after Suzuki was rumored to be closing in on a deal with the San Diego Padres earlier this week before he took to Instagram to reject those rumors.
The Red Sox were interested in Suzuki throughout the offseason to fill a corner outfield spot following the trade that sent Hunter Renfroe to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Suzuki had a standout season at the plate in 2021 in Japan, hitting 38 home runs on top of a .317 batting average and a 1.069 OPS. The Red Sox will now look elsewhere for a starting corner outfielder to join Alex Verdugo in left field and Kiké Hernandez in center field.
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