I had some hopes that he and the Blue Jays might come to an agreement. I don’t know how much the Jays were offering, but it didn’t seem like anyone else was really in on him. I don’t know if that says he was looking for too much money or that teams aren’t sure how to value him.
He goes back to play for Yomiuri but has an opt out next winter and that teams wouldn’t have to pay a posting fee then.
I can understand if he had some trepidation about coming to North America in the middle of a pandemic. I don’t think I’d want to move far away from what I know in the middle of this. If I was him, I might prefer to wait until next year, when, I hope, all this is over and the world is normal again.
I can also see the possibility that some players might not want to sign with Toronto without knowing where they will play this year. If they end up playing in Dunedin I can’t imagine it being as comfortable as being in a big city. Dunedin is a pretty town, but I’m not sure how easy it would be to find comfortable places to live.
Star RHP Tomoyuki Sugano did not come to an agreement with any MLB team and will return to Yomiuri. He will be able to return to the MLB market again next winter as he has 3 opt-outs in his Yomiuri deal.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 7, 2021
Sounds like the Jays had a trade worked out but would only do it if Lindor would sign an extension.
What is not in this clip is when I said Lindor would not agree to a long term deal with the Jays and that is the reason the trade didn’t happen. The Mets took all the money and gave up players only because they knew Lindor was not a one year rental.— David P. Samson (@DavidPSamson) January 7, 2021