Discussion in 'Seattle Mariners' started by NWinAZ, Jun 14, 2018.
Mariners reportedly sign top Taiwanese LHP 18-year-old Chang Ching-Yu to record-high $700,000 bonus
Interesting. 6'2" and has 4 pitches reaching 92mph on his fastballs and is a south paw.
Having some of that leftover money for not taking Ohtani just might payoff.
Well damn, their little league team always dominates in the LLWS so might as well.
We usually don't hit on International signings so nothing to lose here. I tend to think it is a knee jerk reaction to losing that one guy...but that is okay.
I like signing international guys. To me its worth taking a shot on these guys. The potential a lot of these international guys have is huge. Often you don't know what kind of potential these really young guys have until they have been in the organization for a few seasons.
I like the signing especially if its out of the 17-18 pool.
I mean he entirely dominated an all-star team (of high school kids) so what can go wrong?
I don't think Felix could do that right now...just saying.
King Felix and Ichiro were okay.
King Felix was 16 years ago and only chose us over Yanks because we had Freddy Garcia.
Ichiro was 27 and was a veteran. Not the same. Not even close.
Wasn't Felix younger than this kid?
Felix was 16 or 17 when signed I believe...
It was 16 years ago. That is eternity in baseball signings.
If I remember correctly Yamauchi wanted the Mariners to get Ichiro too. About the only baseball related decision he ever made.
Yes, he was 100% a Nintendo signing.
My original point was M's rarely ever hit on an international signing. I don't count guys like Ichiro or Dravish as that even though they were international players. They were seasoned vets and I was referring to kids they sign and hope to hit on. They have a very poor record at doing this which hurts since a high majority of baseballs best players are international players.
Didn't the Mariners outbid every team for Ichiro's rights?
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Mariners have agreed to pay Suzuki's former team, the Orix Blue Wave, $13,125,000 for the right to negotiate with him. Seattle outbid the Mets and two other major league teams for the negotiating rights to Suzuki.
BASEBALL; In a First, Mariners Sign Japan's Suzuki, an Outfielder
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSNOV. 19, 2000
''Ichiro fits in very well with the Mariners,'' Chuck Armstrong, the team president, said. ''He provides a left-handed bat in the leadoff or No. 2 spot in the lineup, with excellent speed and an above-average arm in the outfield.''
The Mariners plan to play Suzuki in right field. Jay Buhner, who often played right field last season, is a free agent, and team officials said today that if he re-signs with Seattle, he will do so knowing his role will change.
Lincoln and five other Mariners executives spent three days negotiating with Suzuki's agent, Tony Attanasio, in Kobe, home of the Blue Wave. Attanasio had said one criteria for Suzuki was a strong Japanese influence in a team's city, and Seattle has a strong Japanese community.
Although the Mariners had said that pursuing Suzuki was a baseball decision and not an ethnic one, they have a large Japanese presence. Their owner, Hiroshi Yamauchi, is Japanese; he is the chairman of Nintendo in Japan. Lincoln is the retired chairman of Nintendo of America. The Mariners have also played host to a Japanese team at their spring training site in Peoria, Ariz., and Suzuki was there last year.
Suzuki said that playing with the Mariners during spring training helped convince him that he wanted to be in the major leagues.
''Playing with the Mariners is like a dream come true,'' he said today. ''It is good to be joining a team that was successful last season and to be a teammate of my friend Sasaki.''
Kazuhiro Sasaki, a former star in Japan's Central League, is Seattle's closer. The Mariners were the American League wild-card team this season.
Suzuki is known in Japan by just his first name. He has won seven straight batting titles with the Blue Wave in Japan's Pacific League. He hit .387 last season and is a .353 career hitter with 118 home runs and 199 stolen bases in nine seasons. In 1997 he went 216 consecutive plate appearances without striking out.
Suzuki was reportedly asking for a contract of more than four years and an annual salary of about $7.4 million. He was said to have made about $5.5 million this season.
looks good and good job ...mariners
Man, guy who doesn't have top shelf speed but has a bunch of pitches? Cross your fingers because we may be looking at the next Danny Hultzen!
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