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Japanese pitcher Shintaro Fujinami finalizes $3.35 million, 1-year contract with New York Mets

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Fujinami was never a good fit for MLB. He's got great speed on the fastball, but even in Japan he had very poor control. Maybe the Mets think they can help him develop his fundamentals from the ground-up, because otherwise he's a big liability. That lack of consistency will not fly in MLB, where teams and farm systems are deeper than in Japan and there are plenty of other players just waiting for the chance to replace you if you can't cut it.

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“Fujinami was never a good fit for MLB. He's got great speed on the fastball, but even in Japan he had very poor control. Maybe the Mets think they can help him develop his fundamentals from the ground-up, because otherwise he's a big liability. That lack of consistency will not fly in MLB, where teams and farm systems are deeper than in Japan and there are plenty of other players just waiting for the chance to replace you if you can't cut it.”

Just curious is your judgement better than the Mets scouts? Why so much negativity! Don’t even give the guy a chance.

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Perhaps Senga can help him right the ship, but still a 3.35M experiment is still a large risk, even if the owner is filthy rich. Good luck to him playing for New York, he'll surely hear it from the fans if he played like he did for the A's.

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@cephus oh MLB teams are perfectly capable of making terrible decisions when it comes to Japanese players. Google Kei Igawa or Tsuyoshi Nishioka. They aren’t the only ones

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[@cephus oh MLB teams are perfectly capable of making terrible decisions when it comes to Japanese players. Google Kei Igawa or Tsuyoshi Nishioka. They aren’t the only ones]

Understood, but that's not a player's fault. The buck lies with those recruiting the player in the first place.

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Good luck to him, and to the Mets.

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The truth is and I am a professional baseball scout!!! Look at the amount of money he signed for. That right there is basically the amount a player in AAA minors would get on a call up. The guy has one foot in the MLB and one in AAA minors and if they want him to get more work in he might be optioned to AA, if he doesn't succeed he will be optioned quickly. Yes, he might have a good fastball, but he has to have excellent command on all of his pitches not just one, or the the guys will sit on that one pitch. Again in the know tells me the low ball offer covers the team just in case they have to send him back to the farm to work on his form and fundamentals, one year is enough, if not he will be back in Japan. At the MLB level you have to have consistency, there are just too many guys on the farm waiting for the call, and NOT A CHANCE!!! The MLB, teams will not waste time with a guy on the roster being a liability been there done that!! Scouting is fun, playing is stressful! A guy gets a chance when he get a signed, once you are between the lines you are there to perform. If you can't perform, you will get optioned, and yes you are judged on everything you do, numbers count, you are a stat so there's a lot of negativity on the farm, guys come in and leave everyday. Excuses don't work there consistency and performance does and gets you promoted!

“Fujinami was never a good fit for MLB. He's got great speed on the fastball, but even in Japan he had very poor control. Maybe the Mets think they can help him develop his fundamentals from the ground-up, because otherwise he's a big liability. That lack of consistency will not fly in MLB, where teams and farm systems are deeper than in Japan and there are plenty of other players just waiting for the chance to replace you if you can't cut it.”

Just curious is your judgement better than the Mets scouts? Why so much negativity! Don’t even give the guy a chance.

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He was impressive during his early years with Hanshin. But, he peaked early, and was so-so for years after that. I'm surprised MLB went after him when they did, in his waning years, rather than his early good ones.

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This amount just looks like peanuts compared to Otani's 700 million.

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