This isn’t something that we would normally post, but given that for the last 3-4 days it’s been something that’s come up in the comments, on facebook, on twitter – and even via email from a few readers wondering why the Cincinnati Reds haven’t announced the deal with Shogo Akiyama yet – here’s an update from Nikkan Sports: He’s on his way to Cincinnati now. Once he arrives he’ll have to undergo a physical, but assuming he passes, he will sign his contract. Nikkan Sports is reporting that it’s a 3-year deal worth $20M+.
The timing from when he deal was reportedly agreed upon to today hasn’t been a quick one. That, of course, has a lot to do with circumstance. The deal was reportedly agreed upon right before the new year, on December 30th/31st (it was the 31st in Japan, while it was the 30th in Cincinnati – TIME TRAVEL ALERT). With the “holiday”, if you will, it wasn’t going to be an immediate announcement. Team employees, including the team doctor, probably weren’t rushing into work on January 1st for all that goes into formalizing the deal when it could simply wait a few days. Toss in the fact that it also requires travel from halfway around the world, as Shogo Akiyama was in Japan, and well – here we are.
In the last week we’ve gotten a chance to take a look at a few different projection systems and how they feel about Akiyama’s transition to Major League Baseball. Earlier today we wrote about what Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projection system had to say.
The ZiPS projections were solid, particularly given the contract that Shogo Akiyama is expected to sign. They project a league average starter in 2020, with small steps backwards in the following two years.
Earlier in the week we got a chance to see two other projections – one from ClayDavenport.com and the other from Rotowire. They were both a bit more friendly when it came to projecting the bat for the Reds first Japanese born player.
And while we are linking to all of the Shogo Akiyama things here at Redleg Nation, if you haven’t had a chance to listen to Redleg Nation Radio this week with Chad Dotson and Bill Lack, go give it a listen. They dive into the signing among several other things in the latest episode.