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Report: Japanese OF Masataka Yoshida free to sign with an MLB team

The outfielder has been posted allowing 30 days to sign with an MLB team.

Outfielder Masataka Yoshida #34 of Team Japan reacts while at bat in the sixth inning against Team United States during the gold medal game between Team United States and Team Japan on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on August 07, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The latest international prospect tied to Major League Baseball should be signing soon. Japanese outfielder Masataka Yoshida has officially been posted, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

This means that there are MLB teams that have agreed to pay the price to be acquired from Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in Japan. The old system would grant one team access to deal with the free agent baseball player, but now with the new posting system, all 30 teams have a chance to sign the prospect. Yoshida will have 30 days to sign with a team, and if he remains unsigned, will need to be posted again in a future year.

Yoshida is 29 years old and has been in the NPB for seven years. He has played in 762 career games and is a career .327 hitter. He has 133 home runs and 467 RBI in that span. Among the teams interested in signing the free agent are rumored to be the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants.

Yoshida is currently a member of the Orix Buffaloes. In order to be posted, his organization had to grant his request. If Yoshida goes un-signed, he will return to the Buffaloes but could be posted again in the future. The current posting timeframe is from November 1 to February 1, so the earliest he could be posted again would be November 1, 2023.