CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #144
Fubon Guardians News: Henry Sosa
After getting eliminated from the playoff race, during a post-game interview, the Fubon Guardians’ Henry Sosa hinted he is going to return next season as a member of the Guardians.
Shortly after, the Guardians’ deputy general manager Joyce Chen confirmed the news. According to ETtoday, earlier this year, the Guardians already signed Henry Sosa to a two-year deal. The contract duration is from 2020 until the end of 2021 season.
Henry Sosa completed his 2020 CPBL season with a dominating record of 3.38 ERA and 1.37 WHIP across 194.1 innings. The 35-year-old Dominican right-hander is widely regarded as one of the best foreign pitchers this year.
- Complete games (4) – 1st
- Innings pitched (194.1) – 1st
- FIP (3.79) – 1st
- ERA (3.38) – 2nd
- Wins (15) – 2nd
- Strikeouts (172) – 2nd
Henry Sosa is throwing some serious heat against the CPBL home run leader 林安可 (Lin An-Ko). 🧙♂️ #CPBL
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— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) August 9, 2020
Foreign players come and goes, therefore we compiled a foreign players tracker to keep track of all the foreign players signing for the 2021 CPBL season.
It’s a bold move to give a pitcher Sosa’s age a 2-year guarantee, if that is in fact Fubon has done. It’s worth noting that the KBO hasn’t given a foreign player a two year deal since at least 2013. Mel Rojas will get a multi-year deal this off-season unless the Wiz want to lose him to NPB.
I think they want stability in the rotation, without worrying losing Sosa mid-season to the KBO. That’s why they locked Sosa down until the end of 2021. Also with the CPBL de-jucing the baseball next season, Sosa should do well.
This is a good trend, start offering full year and multi-year deal to foreign players. Hopefully other teams can start doing it as well. Looking at you, the Uni-Lions!
I’m liking Warwick Saupold and Ricardo Pinto as possible CPBL pickups from the KBO. Saupold as an Aussie would probably jump at the chance to pitch in Taiwan if the last place Hanwha Eagles decide to go in a different direction.
Pinto is 27 next year, and I’m a believer and in jumping on 27 year olds as the best chance for a career season.