The Ohtani Sweepstakes

I am slowly learning about the man the myth the legend of Shohei Ohtani. His name has been blowing up my Twitter feed for weeks but i don’t really know anything about this guy that MLB teams are drooling over and trying to do anything to sign him.

Here is what I know about Ohtani. He is a 23-year-old two-way player being both a pitcher and an outfielder. He is the biggest baseball star in Japan and wants to pitch and hit here for the team he plays for.  He has officially been posted and has until December 22nd to sign with a big league team. That means there is a full court press going on right now for a lot of teams as this guy will be priority one. But wait there is a 20 million dollar release fee. What? Ok so that may quickly eliminate a few teams right out of the gates. Part of his final agreement with an MLB team will be paid to his former team but the percentage paid to them depends on his guaranteed value when he signs with an MLB club.

So who is in the running?  Well at this point all 30 teams but the Rangers, Yankees, Dodger, Red Sox and Cubs are all really pursuing him.  Japanese media is reporting he is now in Los Angeles and will begin taking meetings with teams next week.

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