26 March 2024

Starting with ‘No. 143’ nurturing player, contract to extend ‘35.5 billion won’, Cuban left-hander ‘Japan Dream’ changes starting from progressive and relief

By pestfood.com

Levan Monello (28), a left-hander with the Japanese Softbank Hawks, signed a four-year contract extension. He will be paid a total of 4 billion yen (35.5 billion won) including incentives for four years from next season to 2028. His annual salary will rise to 1 billion yen (8.88 billion won), the highest level in Japanese professional baseball. He reportedly completed approximate coordination of opinions during the Miyazaki spring camp.

This is the last year of his three-year contract, and he quickly finalized his contract. After the end of the 2021 season, Minello signed with Softbank for a three-year contract of 900 million yen (about W8 billion). Next season, he will earn more than three times the salary this year.

Such a move is as if the club is the richest man. Softbank renewed its contract with Mexican closer Roberto Osuna (29) for four years to four billion yen in November last year. Osuna, who won three games, lost two, made 26 saves and posted an ERA of 0.92 in 49 games, chose to stay rather than return to the Major League. The San Diego Padres offered to buy him, but Softbank offered better conditions.

Softbank brought in Kondo Kensuke, 30, a free agent outfielder, in the 2022 offseason. He signed a 7-year contract worth 5 billion yen (about 44.4 billion won) with Kondo, who was released by the Nippon-Ham Fighters. The conditions are quite unusual for the remaining 11 clubs to dare to do so. Kondo was active as the second batter for the WBC Japanese team in March. In his first year after moving to Softbank, he ranked first in homers (26) and RBIs (87).

Moinello is a key player in Softbank, which is seeking to win its first championship in four years.

He has a compact body as a pitcher, but throws fast balls that reach speeds of up to 160 kilometers per hour. He also boasts powerful breaking balls such as sliders and changeups.

He rose to prominence at a young age. He played for Cuba in the 2015 World Baseball Classic at the age of 19 and the 2015 Premier 12 and the 2017 WBC (World Baseball Classic).

I made an important choice in May 2017. I joined Softbank as a trainee. I started wearing No. 143 on my uniform and became an official athlete who received an annual salary of 20 million yen in just one month. My uniform number has also changed to No. 35.

He played in 34 games in his debut season. After 4 wins, 3 losses, 1 save 15 holds – 2.52 ERA, he continued to play as a bullpen pitcher. He posted 34 holds in 2019 and 38 holds in 2020. He ranked first in the Pacific League hold in 2020.

In 2021, he pitched in 33 games and posted a 1.15 ERA with one win, five saves and 14 holds. He signed a three-year contract to 900 million yen that winter.

His performance was worth his money. He played in 53 games in 2022 with one win and one loss, 24 saves with an ERA of 1.03, and 3 wins and five saves with 13 holds-0.98 in 27 games in 2023. He made his second WBC appearance for Cuba in March. 유흥알바

There has been a change this season. He has switched to a starting pitcher.

He went to three exhibition games and allowed three runs in 10 ⅓ innings. He gave up one walk and struck out eight. Moinello is scheduled to start the second game of the opening series against the Orix Buffaloes at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka on the 30th.

In 306 games, he pitched 19-9 with 40 saves 135 holds – an ERA of 1.95. This is the performance of Minello at softbank over the past seven years.