NEWS REPORT: The Dodgers are anticipated to sign a talented Japanese player…

The Dodgers would seem to be prepared for years to come by guaranteeing free agents salaries totaling more than a billion dollars.

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They might not be done adding skill to their arsenal, though.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that an MLB general manager believes the Dodgers will bring in 22-year-old pitcher Roki Sasaki, another star from Japan, to bolster their lineup.

On the slope, Sasaki poses a threat. He threw a perfect game last season, making baseball history in Japan’s youngest pitcher.

With 395 strikeouts in 303.2 innings pitched for the Lotte Marines of the Pacific League of Japan, he also owns a 1.90 career ERA.

When Sasaki declares his intention to play in the major leagues the following season, the Dodgers are one of the front-runners to sign the youthful right-hander ace.

The roster of the Dodgers is already unjust. If they were to add another international superstar to this squad, it would appear insurmountable, at least on paper.

Despite not being 25 years old, not having served six years in a foreign major league, and being eligible for MLB’s international amateur signing bonus pools, Sasaki is making every effort to play in the major leagues.

After this season, Teoscar Hernandez, Walker Buehler, Jason Heyward, James Paxton, Joe Kelly, Ryan Yarbrough, Kiké Hernandez, Daniel Hudson, and Blake Treinen will have more than $68 million in free agent salaries leave the Dodgers’ books.

Despite signing a record 12-year, $325 million contract with the Dodgers in December, Sasaki is unable to pay Yoshinobu Yamamoto because he has the necessary professional playing experience in Japan.

He is bound by the same limitations that Shohei Ohtani faced when signing a contract with the Angels in December 2017.

These limitations apply to international amateurs. At the time, the Angels paid less than $3 million for Ohtani’s signing bonus.

If that’s still not enough to fit Sasaki into the team’s internal budget, the Dodgers may always make moves to clear additional compensation.

They can also use wage deferrals, their recent favoured strategy, to stifle their short-term payouts to free agents.

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