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Red Sox, Masataka Yoshida Agree to Five-Year Deal



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The Boston Red Sox and outfielder Masataka Yoshida, who has been one of the most productive hitters in Japan the last two season,  have agreed on a five-year, $90 million contract Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Yoshida, 29, inked a deal with the Red Sox on the first day he was eligible to sign after the Orix Buffaloes, the reigning Japan Series champion, posted him. As part of the new deal, the Red Sox will pay a $15.4 million posting fee to the Buffaloes, bringing the total outlay by Boston to $105.4 million.

Yoshida hit .335/.447/.561 with 21 home runs, 80 walks and just 41 strikeouts in 508 plate appearances this year.

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