5 big things to watch for when the MLB lockout ends

Oct 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates with team mates after scoring in the fourth inning of game three of the 2021 NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates with team mates after scoring in the fourth inning of game three of the 2021 NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Seiya Suzuki will be posted on Monday
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN – AUGUST 04: Seiya Suzuki #51 of Team Japan looks on before the game against Team Republic of Korea during the semifinals of men’s baseball on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on August 04, 2021 in Yokohama, Japan. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images) /

Another thing we’re watching after the MLB lockout ends: Where will Seiya Suzuki sign?

After being officially posted by the Hiroshima Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball, Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki has become one of the most intriguing and desired free agents on the market.

The 27-year-old outfielder has won five NPB Gold Gloves and has hit 121 home runs over the past four seasons while posting a .319/.435/.592 slash line. Could he be the best Japanese player available to MLB teams since Shohei Ohtani? Many say the answer is yes.

Suzuki has been linked to the Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, and Chicago Cubs, among other teams. Discussions with Suzuki had begun when the MLB lockout went into effect, putting a pause on those talks. Once the lockout is over, Suzuki will have 20 days remaining out of a 30-day window to sign a contract with a team.

It has been reported that Suzuki will travel to the United States to meet face to face with teams that are interested in his services, so expect plenty of video clips and rumors to be flying once the MLB lockout comes to an end.