The Twins have worked out an arrangement to part ways with righty Alan Busenitz so that he can join Japan’s Rakuten Golden Eagles. Dan Hayes of The Athletic first reported (via Twitter) that Busenitz was slated to be shipped abroad.
Financial details are not available, but as usual this sort of deal likely includes some cash for the MLB organization and a nice salary bump for the player. A pre-arb, optionable hurler such as Busenitz faces quite a bit of earnings uncertainty at this stage of his career. But he’ll earn a steady paycheck and get to play at the highest level in Japan.
Busenitz had shown well in his 2017 debut, but everything went sideways last year. In 25 1/3 innings he was knocked around for 22 earned runs and eight long balls while allowing 14 walks to go with his 26 strikeouts. That said, he did continue to work in the mid-nineties while boosting his swinging-strike rate to 11.2%. And Busenitz dominated in forty frames at Triple-A.