The MLB Winter Meetings are underway, as teams scramble to get star players to come to play for them.
But, there is one player that can help every team who has never played in the MLB.
That is Masataka Yoshida from the Orix Buffaloes of the Nippon Professional Baseball league.
Yoshida is a 29 years old and will most likely only be looking to sign with a contending team.
Here are two MLB teams that should try to sign the Japanese outfielder.
1. New York Yankees
Any high-profile free agent will almost certainly be pursued by the New York Yankees.
Yoshida is a left-handed hitter who can fill a need for the Yankees in the outfield.
He is also a player that can get on base at a high clip.
Last season, Yoshida had a .447 on-base percentage including 80 walks to 41 strikeouts.
International update: OF Masataka Yoshida has yet to be posted to @MLB teams by the Orix Buffaloes.
December 15 is the deadline to do so.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 5, 2022
His plate discipline would be welcome from a Yankees team that needs more quality hitters.
The Yankees have already retained Aaron Judge.
Even with that being true, Yoshida should remain on the Yankees’ radar over the offseason.
2. Toronto Blue Jays
Another AL East team that needs to make a move is the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Jays traded away Teoscar Hernandez, and now need to fill a hole in the outfield.
Also, they could use a left-handed bat in their lineup.
Definitely get the sense #BlueJays are intrigued by both RHP Kodai Senga and OF Masataka Yoshida, but don't feel an "all-in" approach to either at this point.
They're options though, and they definitely fit needs in a mysterious, hoping for upside way.
— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) November 17, 2022
Yoshida is mostly an unknown commodity, but he has the upside that can vault a team to the playoffs.
After losing in the Wild Card round, the Blue Jays have to make a few win-now moves.
Signing a 29-year-old free agent without any MLB experience is risky.
But, players from Japan have had success in the MLB, and the Blue Jays should hope Yoshida can do the same.