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  • Writer's pictureDominic Konareski

Masataka Yoshida Could Be The Next 'Godzilla' If Signed By The Yankees

The New York Yankees will most likely be shopping for an outfielder this offseason if they cannot keep Aaron Judge and Andrew Benintendi, both who are free agents. Most likely, if no trades occur, the Yankees outfield lineup would be Aaron Hicks, Harison Bader and Giancarlo Stanton (if New York decides to remove him from DH).

The Bronx team has been on the look for replacements if they are not able to keep the two big outfielders. With that they have expressed interest in Masataka Yoshida, a Japanese baseball player.

Yoshida is a power hitter who has owned the highest OPS in Nippon Professional Baseball’s Pacific League during each of the past two seasons. Yoshida was drafted in 2015, since then he has played in 781-games to have a total of 2,759 at-bats. Yoshida owns splits of .326/.419/.559 with 135 homers and 474 RBIs.

The 29-year-old will be able to play professional baseball in America if his team, the Orix Buffaloes, decide to make him available. It is expected that he will be posted by the NPB team within the next two weeks.

The Yankees have done very well when signing NIP players with having Hideki Matsui and Masahiro Tanaka being the two key NIP players to wear the famed pinstriped uniform.

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