Shintaro Fujinami (28) of the Hanshin Tigers advanced to the major leagues and raised his salary significantly.
After finishing the 2022 season, Fujinami knocked on the major leagues through the posting system. Ahead of the deadline of his contract on the 15th at 7 am, he agreed to a one-year contract with the Auckland Athletics.
Local media say he is paid $3.25 million a year. It is about 4.03 billion won in our money. The annual salary Fujinami received from Hanshin last year was 46 million yen (approximately 440 million won).
Salary increased almost 10 times. 바카라.It is the 5th highest paid among roster players on the team. Here, the posting fee (transfer fee) is $650,000.
Japanese media gave meaning that Fujinami was treated unexpectedly highly. The sports media ‘NONSPO’ analyzed that his fastball of 161km, fork of over 140km, and sharp slider were highly evaluated for his command of breaking balls.
In particular, it was also emphasized that the walk rate, which was pointed out as a problem, was the best in the 2022 season. It recorded 7.6% last year, falling below 10% for the first time since 2016.
The interests were right with Auckland, who needed reinforcement of selection. Oakland expects Fujinami’s competitiveness to be enough to play an important part in the starting lineup. If he shows his performance, his contract may be renewed in 2024, as well as a larger increase in his salary.
Fujinami joined Hanshin after receiving attention as a rival of Shohei Otani (LA Angels) in high school. From her debut season, she emerged as her ace by winning double digits for three consecutive years. However, after that, she fell into the swamp of sluggishness and sluggishness, and only won 22 wins in 7 years. He went 57-54 with a 3.41 earned run average over his 10-year career.
He also had only 3 wins in 16 games in the 2022 season. When the season was over and he declared a major league challenge, skeptical prospects were raised around him. He himself was concerned about not going to the big leagues, saying, “I have a bit of anxiety,” but he was treated generously with a salary increase of 10 times, and his dream came true.
Fujinami is also looking forward to a confrontation with Ohtani, his high school rival. He will participate in the Arizona Spring Camp, which starts on February 15, and challenge the big leagues in earnest.