Originally Posted by HometownHero
If Fujikawa is half as good as he was in Japan he will be one of the most wanted players in trade talks. He contract is cheaper than what most closers are getting so that adds to his value.
If he gets the option picked up he's getting 14.5M with years of 4-4-5.5 with a 1M signing bonus guaranteed. We gave Broxton 21M for 3 years with a shot at 29M with years of 4-7-9-9 and the Dodgers gave League 22.5M guaranteed with a shot at a 4th year worth 7.5-9M depending on games finished.
So the secondary closer mark is seeing guys playing in the 9M range by the time the Contracts are tradeable while Fujikawa is getting 60% of that and has potential to be better than all the players in the secondary market. Everyone needs BP at every deadline and if you have an potential elite back of the pen arm you can get two very good prospect for him or get one top shelf guy.
His numbers are elite over there.
I just disagree that he'll bring back top shelf prospects unless he's a complete stud, which maybe he will, but I have my doubts