Toritani, who hired notorious baseball agent Scott Boras to guide his transition to the big leagues, is currently mulling offers from the Jays and San Diego Padres, according to Japanese news reports. The Padres are believed to be offering a chance to play shortstop, while in Toronto Toritani would be moved to second, where he played at the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Given his age, Toritani is likely to sign a short-term deal of just one or two years. Since he is a free agent, no posting fee is required to sign him.
Toritani, a 33-year-old shortstop from Japan, is an non-restricted free-agent, so major-league teams that wish to sign him won’t have to pay any kind of posting fee. A Scott Boras client, Toritani is in search of a short-term contract, as Kennedy writes he could sign a deal of only one or two years.
According to reports out of his homeland country of Japan, he has not yet informed his former team in Japan, the Hanshin Tigers, if he will re-sign with the team, adding to the drama of a potential debut in the MLB.
In 144 games played with the Hanshin Tigers last season, Toritani put up a slash line of .313/.406/.415 with eight home runs, 73 runs batted in and 28 doubles over 644 plate appearances. Over eleven seasons with the Hanshin Tigers, Toritani has a slash line of .285/.372/.412, along with 120 home runs, 677 runs batted in and 274 doubles.