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Dodgers Will Watch Market on Free Agent Japanese Outfielder Shogo Akiyama

While the outfielder makes less sense for Los Angeles, NL West opponents may be in play.

Shogo Akiyama of the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan has entered into the free agent frenzy in 2020. Akiyama, 31, is not exactly in the realm of some recent Japanese imports talent-wise, but he figures to command a decent salary on the open market.

Akiyama is a left-handed hitting outfielder and is currently playing for the Seibu Lions in the NPB. The Dodgers are pretty crowded in the outfield and have a plethora of left-handed hitters, but at the right price, Akiyama could become of interest to Los Angeles.

The 31-year-old outfielder has played nine seasons in Japan and has put together a very respectable .301/.376/.454 slash line there. Akiyama has hit put it into an entirely different gear since 2015, however, with him slashing .321/.399/.497 since then. Akiyama is also known as an above-average center fielder defensively.

Akiyama’s market figures to be a favorable one for him considering the lack of impact outfielders on the market — seemingly limited to Pirates center fielder Starling Marte.

There are already reports of interest out of numerous MLB organizations’ camps including the San Francisco Giants, Sad Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Chicago Cubs.

Overall, while Akiyama would not be a seamless fit with the Dodgers and they most likely will not be heavily involved in his market, he will be a big name to watch due to the reported interest coming from division rivals. With the San Diego Padres on the rise, Akiyama could be another piece to the puzzle for them.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Pitching pitching pitching da derpa da derpa derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. We need 2 aces and 2 legit number 2 starters and we need a real bullpen for once. Subtract Pollock Pederson Hernandez and Taylor from the offense. Replace with Verdugo and add a real hitter for the 3rd outfield spot

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