Report: Blue Jays agree to 2-year deal with Japanese pitcher Yamaguchi
It's a two-year deal worth just over $6 million with performance bonuses, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Toronto will have to pay the Yomiuri Giants a transfer fee based on a percentage of the contract's value.
Yamaguchi led Japan's Central League with 188 strikeouts last season and authored a 2.91 ERA in 170 innings. The 32-year-old registered 111 saves in the early stages of his career before transitioning to a starting pitcher.
The Blue Jays believe Yamaguchi will likely be used in a relief role, according to Rosenthal.
Toronto's projected 2020 rotation features Tanner Roak, Chase Anderson, Matt Shoemaker, Trent Thornton, and Ryan Borucki. However, the team is also reportedly interested in left-handers Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dallas Keuchel.
The only other Japanese players who have played for the Blue Jays are infielder Munenori Kawasaki, outfielder Nori Aoki, and right-handers Tomo Ohka and Ryota Igarashi.