Yesterday, Joel Sherman reported that the Mets were in on Tomoyuki Sugano, the longtime ace of the Yomiuri Giants. He’s likely an SP3 in the majors and might be a decent alternative to Trevor Bauer, should the Mets prefer George Springer as their big free agent acquisition. Sugano has a solid MLB fastball but it’s his curve that makes him stand out.
Absolutely vicious from Tomoyuki Sugano for his first K of the night. pic.twitter.com/S9ooUPz54T
— Tom Mussa (@tom_mussa) November 21, 2020
For fans itchy for the Mets to make a move, perhaps the best thing about Sugano is that he comes with a deadline. According to Sherman:
As part of an agreement between MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball, a posted player has one month from his posting to sign or he returns to play in Japan. So, a contract with Sugano must be completed by 5 p.m. on Jan. 7, which means an agreement must be in place probably several days before that to provide time for physical review of the pitcher.
What do we call him, though? There used to be a pitcher named Tomo Ohla, so maybe it’s Tomo. But I’m hoping it’s actually the second half of his first name that becomes his nickname. Undoubtedly, that’s because former “Card of the Week” author Doug Parker has a cat named Yuki. Not sure how good Doug’s meme game is but it seems like the possibilities would be endless.