According to Hector Gomez and Tenchy Rodriguez, former Pirate Gregory Polanco is very close to signing a deal that would send him to Japan to play baseball. The team and the dollar amount are unknown as of now; most would assume if he passes the physical, all of the details will be released.
— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) December 15, 2021
Fuente: Gregory Polanco casi casi en la liga Japonesa 🇯🇵.
— Tenchy Rodriguez (@TenchyRodNYC) December 15, 2021
The now 30-year-old outfielder most recently played in the Toronto Blue Jays Triple-A team, where he hit a .374/.436/.747 slash line along with an OPS of 1.183.
Polanco signed with the Pirates as an international free agent in 2009 and made his debut for the big club in June of 2014. He signed a 5 year, $35 million dollar with the Pirates in 2016, but never lived up to the lofty expectations of the fans or front office. He was placed on waivers by the Buccos this season but went unclaimed. The team then released him outright and he signed with the Blue Jays, playing for their Triple-A team.
In eight seasons with Pittsburgh, Polanco played in 823 games, hit .241 with 96 home runs and 362 RBI’s. He also had 98 stolen bases.