As expected, Masa Kobayashi will be removed from the active and 40-man rosters tomorrow to make room for David Huff.
What’s not clear is the exact terminology the Indians will use on the press release. Kobayashi can be optioned to Columbus if he consents to the move, and that decision is now in his hands. If he chooses not to go to Columbus, he can become a free agent.
Kobayashi said he does not want to go back to Japan to pitch. He’d rather remain here. He will talk to his agent to see what, if any, opportunities are out there for him.
I just calculated this, and if Kobayashi never makes it back here, the Indians will have paid him
$91,837.20 $95,663.75 per out. The dollar might not be all that strong right now, but that’s still pretty good yen if you can get it.
Here’s the full story.
CORRECTION: I forgot about the $250,000 buyout in Kobayashi’s contract, so that dollar-per-out figure is actually higher.