The San Diego Padres are in agreement on a four-year, $21 million contract with left-handed closing pitcher, Yuki Matsui. That comes out to be just $5.25 million a year. This is a great signing for the Padres who will lose their all-star closer, Josh Hader. So this is a nice bounce back signing for them.
Yuki Matsui has been one of Japan's best closers in their entire league. A crazy stat about Yuki Matsui is that he's had six seasons where he's had 30 or more saves. A lot of the MLB closers haven't had that much success.
Yuki Matsui has been pitching in Japan for ten seasons. He's been lights out in his entire career as a closer. In his Japan career, Matsui has pitched 704.0 IP, 236 saves, 2.43 ERA, 941 SO, and a 1.105 WHIP.
The San Diego Padres now have their closer for the next four seasons. Yuki Matsui is just 28-years-old. That makes this signing even better because Matsui will give the Padres a lot of good years. It's going to be fun to watch Yuki Matsui pitching in the MLB for the first time.