White Sox take shot at coveted free agent Shohei Ohtani

White Sox take shot at coveted free agent Shohei Ohtani

The new posting system has been ratified (unanimously) by owners, and Shohei Ohtani will officially be available for every Major League Baseball team to bid on when he gets posted later today. It was expected after a tentative agreement was reached last week.

As a final precursor to Ohtani's free agency, baseball owners unanimously approved the new agreement with Japanese baseball in a conference call Friday morning.

Japanese media outlets reported Ohtani is now in Los Angeles, and he is expected to meet with Major League clubs as soon as next week. Japanese media has reported that Ohtani is now in Los Angeles.

Some parts of the posting system will be the same as the old one, at least for this year.

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Let the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes begin.

All 30 teams could potentially be in the mix, since worldwide signing caps significantly limit the price of the 23-year-old. Considering the relatively nominal cost, seemingly every team could be in competition for Ohtani's services, especially because he can only receive a maximum bonus of $3.5 million. He hit.332 in 65 games with 16 doubles, eight homers and 31 RBIs. His team in Japan, the Nippon Ham Fighters, will collect a $20 million fee. However, it does not go into effect until November 1, 2018.

A right-hander, Otani has a 42-15 record with a 2.52 ERA and 624 strikeouts in 543 innings over five seasons, and a.286 batting average with 48 homers and 166 RBIs.

The players' association wanted that provision eliminated and also desired the shorter posting period. The teams with the most to offer include the Rangers ($3,335,000), the Yankees ($3.25 million) and Twins ($3,245,000).

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