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Former MLB player calls Red Sox’s Masataka Yoshida ‘Japan’s Juan Soto’

Former MLB player calls Red Sox’s Masataka Yoshida ‘Japan’s Juan Soto’

Now questions are being raised about the expectations of Boston Red Sox rookie Masataka Yoshida.

On Wednesday, the Red Sox added the Japanese free-agent outfielder to one five-year contract worth $90 millionwhich marked the first major hit the organization had made in the offseason, and also included a $15.4 million posting fee to Nippon Professional Baseball’s Orix Buffaloes.

While the frame of reference for Yoshida is extremely vague to those who don’t follow Japanese professional baseball, one former major leaguer had a glowing review for the new Red Sox outfielder.

Adam Jones, who previously spent 14 seasons in the MLB and made five All-Star appearances, spent one season with the Buffaloes and was previously Yoshida’s teammate in Japan. The retired outfielder, now 37, didn’t just have kind words about Yoshida, Jones went on to offer a very remarkable comparison of superstar players.

“I say he’s like the Japanese Juan Soto,” Jones told Will Sammon from Athletic in November. “He can hit the ball to all fields, at all speeds. Like Juan Soto, he hits everything — and he walks; and he doesn’t swing out of the zone.”

Jones also revealed that Yoshida often asked the former Silver Slugger Award winner questions. Questions that would be purely baseball-related with Yoshida focused mostly on what to expect from the finish on the field.

“He asked a lot of questions about Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole,” Jones said. “He asked a lot about these hard-throwing guys, and I tried to give him the best answers I could. He’s always wanted to know.”





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