Tomoyuki Sugano is expected to sign by Tuesday (and yes, the Blue Jays are in the mix)

The Blue Jays struck out on Ha-Seong Kim, the biggest name on this year’s free-agent market from Asia, but the team could still land Tomoyuki Sugano, the best Japanese pitcher available this winter.

Sugano arrived in the United States last week to meet with Major League clubs and his signing window is open until Jan. 7 but Jon Heyman reports that Sugano is expecting to make his decision by Tuesday as to where he’s going to sign.

Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri Giants star, is expected to decide by Tuesday where he will sign. Sugano can return to Yomiuri (14-2 with a 1.97 ERA last year); they’ve reportedly offered 4 yrs w/3 opt-outs. The SF Giants, Jays and Mets among the interested @Ken_Rosenthal @Joelsherman1
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 4, 2021

The Blue Jays, Mets, Padres, Red Sox, Rangers, and Giants are the six teams who have been linked to Sugano, but there’s also always a chance that he sticks around in Japan. As Heyman reports, Sugano apparently has an offer in Japan that features opt-out clauses each year, meaning he could decide to make his move overseas later on once the COVID-19 pandemic clears up.
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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