Poll: Grade the Masataka Yoshida Signing

How would you grade the Masataka Yoshida signing? Do you think it'll help the Red Sox, or not?

  • A

    Votes: 77 34.8%
  • B

    Votes: 91 41.2%
  • C

    Votes: 4 1.8%
  • D

    Votes: 4 1.8%
  • F

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • Why the fuck is there a poll before he plays?

    Votes: 29 13.1%
  • Don't Know

    Votes: 15 6.8%
  • Screw NorthwestSoxGuy

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    221
  • Poll closed .

E5 Yaz

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You created the poll but didn't vote in it?

Plus, there's plenty of opinions on the signing in the thread on the signing. A letter-grade before he plays a game for the team is premature at best
 

Hank Scorpio

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If he's anything like he was in Japan, it's an easy A. I don't think we have any real way to gauge how he'll pan out in MLB though. In other words, ask us in ten months.
 

NorthwestSoxGuy

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Oct 15, 2022
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You created the poll but didn't vote in it?

Plus, there's plenty of opinions on the signing in the thread on the signing. A letter-grade before he plays a game for the team is premature at best
I just put in my vote. And that does make sense that since he hasn't played yet, this poll is kinda premature. Is there a way to delete it?
 

JM3

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If he's anything like he was in Japan, it's an easy A. I don't think we have any real way to gauge how he'll pan out in MLB though. In other words, ask us in ten months.
We should probably wait 5 years to be safe.

I give it an 87.7%.
 

Bosoxian

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Given the other options, and the need, I give it a B. Outside of a trade, this is something they had to do.
 

NorthwestSoxGuy

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Oct 15, 2022
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I added two more options to the poll. I'm starting to think it's too early to tell, since he hasn't actually played yet. And there's always the possibility the signing won't be worth it.

That's just my opinion. You decide yourself ;)
 

BigJay

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Jul 22, 2022
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Strickly on the deal, I voted 'C'. Has the chance to be both an 'A' or "F'. Like his potential, but hesitant to give that much money to an unproven commodity. Good OBP, but no speed and so-so defense. Seems like a slight overpay, but fills a need and if he pans out he'll be an all star.

Edit- changed it to 'to early to tell' with the new option. pretty much for what I stated.
 

JM3

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I know this seems rather abrupt, but I added two more options to the poll. I'm starting to think it's too early to tell, since he hasn't actually played yet. And there's always the possibility the signing won't be worth it.
Imagine if draft pundits & graders of free agency periods wrote an article stating they had no clue what was going to happen & they needed to wait to see how something worked out to say how good or bad it was.

We shall live dangerously with our opinions.
 

NorthwestSoxGuy

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Imagine if draft pundits & graders of free agency periods wrote an article stating they had no clue what was going to happen & they needed to wait to see how something worked out to say how good or bad it was.

We shall live dangerously with our opinions.
Agreed, heh heh
 

Beomoose

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B right now before he's taken swing 1. I like international signings of guys like this, happy to see Bloom make this move.
 

djbayko

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https://tenor.com/view/aplus-a-christmas-story-gif-10623542

Why the F*** does this not appear as a GIF?
FFS, I feel like a chimp trying to get this to work. Aaaargh!


I give up. The robots have won.
You are using the wrong URL. The URL you used is for a webpage which happens to contain the image. It isn't the direct URL to the image itself. You need to right click on the image and "Copy image address". Then use the image icon in the SoSH editor to paste the URL and display the GIF, like so:



The robots can't defeat humans yet, but they are getting very close.
 

Hank Scorpio

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How the fuck does this poll already have 100 votes? Is a dope stuffing the ballot box, or do we really have this many people on the Red Sox forum at 9pm on a Wednesday night in December?
 

NorthwestSoxGuy

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How the fuck does this poll already have 100 votes? Is a dope stuffing the ballot box, or do we really have this many people on the Red Sox forum at 9pm on a Wednesday night in December?
I was wondering the same thing, but I have a feeling it's the second one. A lot of us are getting off work and checking SoSH for updates. And I guess polls in general are kinda popular.
 

Salem's Lot

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How the fuck does this poll already have 100 votes? Is a dope stuffing the ballot box, or do we really have this many people on the Red Sox forum at 9pm on a Wednesday night in December?
Bruins & Celtics playing out west tonight might be driving some traffic as well.
 

8slim

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How the fuck does this poll already have 100 votes? Is a dope stuffing the ballot box, or do we really have this many people on the Red Sox forum at 9pm on a Wednesday night in December?
You should have been here for the Arod saga. This is nothing.
 

WheresDewey

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I voted A as a move by Bloom, even though the results will probably be in the B range. There aren't any better options in free agency to help the OF. Nimmo will cost too much, and the other good options are off the table already (Judge, Haniger). There probably are better players available in trade, but they will cost the Sox in prospects. Yoshida will only cost money.

This is a very good move by Bloom, even if Yoshida's stats don't fully translate from NPB.
 

AlNipper49

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How the fuck does this poll already have 100 votes? Is a dope stuffing the ballot box, or do we really have this many people on the Red Sox forum at 9pm on a Wednesday night in December?
800 or so on as reported the board software, google analytics reports 3200. The answer is usually in the middle somewhere.
 

bankshot1

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You created the poll but didn't vote in it?

Plus, there's plenty of opinions on the signing in the thread on the signing. A letter-grade before he plays a game for the team is premature at best
A letter grade for a guy who I would estimate 90% of SoSH has never seen play and know very little about seems premature at best. But I am heartened that about 80% of the respondents grade the transaction as a A or B
 

Ale Xander

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just worried about defense and if Nippon stats translate. Eye/patience and swing definitely do
 

Scoops Bolling

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I love Luis Arraez, so if Yoshida can be the Japanese Luis Arraez (except as a borderline defensive OF instead of a borderline defensive IF like Arraez), I'll be a very happy camper. He doesn't cost any prospect or draft capital and he fills a real need. It obviously comes down to how well he plays, but I like the move.
 

streeter88

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I like the new options in the poll, but if we read the question “do you think this will help or hurt?”, and give C value of “neither help nor hurt”, then on balance I think it will be a B (better than replacement level) but that’s based on my guess on transferability of NPB to MLB having lived there and seen NPB in person, and on the gradual improvement of position players’ results in MLB (over decades). While it may be improving over time, success isn’t guaranteed.
 

Tokyo Sox

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iddoc

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Fairly high risk of Rusney 2.0, but given the AL East landscape and limited alternatives, Bloom et al need to take some gambles to have a reasonable shot at contending now, and this move does not cost prospect capital.
 

nolasoxfan

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You are using the wrong URL. The URL you used is for a webpage which happens to contain the image. It isn't the direct URL to the image itself. You need to right click on the image and "Copy image address". Then use the image icon in the SoSH editor to paste the URL and display the GIF, like so:



The robots can't defeat humans yet, but they are getting very close.
How do I know you're not a robot?
 

NorthwestSoxGuy

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Damn, somebody tagged this as a "dumb poll"

I don't know, is it really that dumb? I think I'm gonna close it asap.
 
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Tokyo Sox

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Damn, somebody tagged this as a "dumb poll"

I don't know, is it really that dumb? I think I'm gonna close it asap.
On the other hand, I think it’s our first ever “糞アンケート” tag so, that’s something.

I wouldn’t sweat it man. It was quite a day.