Financial details aren’t yet known, but MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports the bidding for Akiyama’s services has exceeded $20 million.
Akiyama, 31, posted a .301/.376/.454 slash line with 116 home runs, 251 doubles, and 513 RBIs while playing for Japan’s Seibu Lions over the past nine seasons.
Cincinnati reportedly won’t be required to pay a transfer fee for Akiyama under the posting rules for Japanese players because of the service time he’s accrued.
The reported addition continues a productive offseason for the team’s front office following the signings of infielder Mike Moustakas and left-hander Wade Miley. The Reds are also primed to get a full campaign out of front-end starter Trevor Bauer after acquiring him at the trade deadline this past season.