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Stewart gets good extension

The Pacific League’s SoftBank Hawks have signed pitcher Carter Stewart Jr. to a two-year contract extension worth as much as $10 million through 2026, Kyodo News reported Friday.

“He showed us a glimpse of the great stuff he possesses this season, and this contract represents our high expectations for him,” a team executive said Friday, according to Kyodo.

Stewart, the eighth overall pick in MLB’s 2018 draft, became a trailblazer as the first marquee American amateur to begin his pro baseball career in Japan in 2019, when he signed a six-year contract through 2024 estimated at $7 million.

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Roki Sasaki and the posting conundrum

A single unbylined story on the Sponichi Annex website this week said phenomenal 21-year-old right-hander Roki Sasaki, Japan’s youngest perfect-game pitcher, has asked the Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League to post him this month so he can play in MLB next season.

This news, attributed to “multiple sources at last week’s MLB winter meetings in Nashville, Tennessee,” set off a whirlwind of speculation about whether this would happen, with everyone and their sister speculating it could never happen before Sasaki turns 25 because his club “would not allow it.”

There are 339 million potential reasons to think Sasaki won’t be posted before he turns 25, when he’ll be able to negotiate as what MLB calls an “international free agent.” But those who believe it can’t happen because Lotte can simply refuse to let him go, don’t understand how Japanese contracts work, how they can differ in mind-boggling ways from those in MLB, and how Japan’s draft system gives top amateurs leverage they wouldn’t have in the States.

As to why he would want to, that is a question about values, and in a world where monetary figures are believed to trump everything else, Roki Sasaki might have a surprise for you.

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