Tomoyuki Sugano Opts Not To Sign In MLB In 2021 (www.mlb.com)

Tomoyuki Sugano will not be coming to Major League Baseball in 2021.
The Japanese right-hander, who had been posted by Nippon Professional Baseball’s Yomiuri Giants on Dec. 8, did not reach a deal with an MLB team prior to Thursday’s 5 p.m. ET deadline, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.

Tomoyuki Sugano will not be coming to Major League Baseball in 2021.

The Japanese right-hander, who had been posted by Nippon Professional Baseball’s Yomiuri Giants on Dec. 8, did not reach a deal with an MLB team prior to Thursday’s 5 p.m. ET deadline, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. Instead, Sugano appears set to return to Yomiuri, which reportedly has offered him a four-year contract that includes opt-out clauses after each season.

Because of that, Sugano could make the jump to the Majors as soon as a year from now, when he might find a more favorable market. The 31-year-old certainly drew interest this winter, with the Blue Jays and Padres among those reported to be most heavily in the mix. Yet Sugano, a two-time winner of the Sawamura Award (given annually to NPB’s top pitcher), apparently did not find an offer to his liking.

Over eight seasons in the NPB, Sugano is 101-50 with a 2.34 ERA and more than 1,200 strikeouts. He posted a sub-3.00 ERA six times, including a 1.97 mark over 20 games in 2020.

The closing of Sugano’s negotiating window removes

. Beyond reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer, the most notable remaining rotation options include Jake Odorizzi, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, Corey Kluber and José Quintana.

Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB.



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