With Shohei Ohtani expected to be posted within the next seven days, his agent is already working hard to figure out which teams might make the best fit.
It’s a unique request amid unique circumstances. But considering Ohtani’s unique talents, it’s understandable. The dominant pitcher/slugging outfielder wants to continue as a two-way player in MLB, and it’s obviously important for him to know that there are MLB teams willing to offer that opportunity.
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Otani, 23, immediately jumped to the top of every free agent list after word a new posting system agreement came down earlier this week. He’s been an elite pitcher in Japan, posting a 2.69 ERA and 624 strikeouts over 543 career innings. Offensively, he’s a .296 career hitter with 48 home runs. Ohtani started playing professional at age 18.
Because of restrictions in MLB’s new labor contract, Ohtani will be forced to accept a minor league deal subject to the remaining amounts in each team’s 2017-18 international signing bonus pool. The Rangers can offer the most money at $3,535,000, followed by the Yankees at $3.5 million. The reality is it won’t be about the money. At least for Ohtani’s first contract. It will be about opportunity and where Ohtani feels his overall skill set will be best utilized.
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