MLB: Japanese Seiya Suzuki will be negotiated from this Monday for Major League clubs

MLB has told teams that the gardener Seiya Suzuki It will be published (posted) this Monday morning. That will open a 30 day window for teams to negotiate with him, and the deadline will be 4:00 pm CT on December 22nd. If you don’t sign a contract by then, you will return to Hiroshima Carp, his team in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.

It was reported weeks ago that Suzuki was going to be published, but the official timing of the publication is significant. The Collective Bargaining Agreement between MLB and MLBPA will expire at 11:59 p.m. ET on December 1:

Due to the fact that it seems unlikely that an agreement will be reached by then, the expectation in the industry has been that December 2 will see the implementation of a transaction freeze and lockdown that would last until a new agreement is reached. Commissioner Rob Manfred discussed this scenario recently and seemed to point to its probability.

There is a ten-day span from Suzuki’s post tomorrow until that potential blackout day. A transaction freeze would also apply to Suzuki, meaning that no team would be able to sign him while the freeze is in effect. It was previously reported that MLB and NPB were discussing a deal where Suzuki’s 30-day clock would be paused during the freeze.

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That deal appears to have been reached, as Suzuki’s 30-day clock will not move during a lockdown. That means Suzuki will have to decide between hastily reaching a deal in just over a week or dealing with the uncertainty of waiting for this winter’s labor struggle to end and then having around 20 days of bargaining time on the other side of the deal. that.

Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. BA in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and a reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and within days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: Japanese Seiya Suzuki will be negotiated from this Monday for Major League clubs