By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — Like the rest of Major League Baseball, the Red Sox are in a holding pattern as the league and the MLBPA try to end the current lockout. But when the lockout does end, the Red Sox may make a huge free agent splash.

The Red Sox are the favorites to sign Japanese superstar Seiya Suzuki when MLB gets back up and running, according to a report from Yahoo Japan. There is a conflicting report by Nikkan Sports, however, that says that Suzuki has narrowed his list of teams down to three or four — the Mariners, Cubs, Giants and Padres — none of which are Boston. Either way, Suzuki is expected to sign shortly after the lockout ends.

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Boston was rumored to be making an aggressive push for Suzuki before the lockout, and the outfielder would certainly fill a big need on the Red Sox roster.

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Suzuki hit .317 with 38 homers while driving in 88 runs over 134 games for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Nippon Professional Baseball League in 2021. The 27-year-old is a five-time All-Star and would fill the void left in the Boston outfield following the team’s offseason trade of Hunter Renfroe to the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Suzuki won’t come cheap though. He is expected to command a five-year, $60 million deal, and whatever team signs him will have to pay his posting fee as well, which will be a percentage of his contract.

CBSBoston.com Staff